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The Redwood Empire Therapist

RECAMFT's Online Newsletter

April 2024


Ketamine and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy - New Options for Treating Suicidal Ideation

Presented by

Liminal Medicine

Suegee Tamar-Mattis, DO

Celeste Monnette, LCSW

Moksha Donohue, LMFT

Friday, April 5th, 2024

10:00 am - 12:15 pm

Zoom, 2.0 CEs


Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is at the forefront of the psychedelic psychotherapy movement. When used under proper medical and therapeutic supervision, ketamine can provide near-immediate relief from emotional pain, while helping individuals look deeply into themselves. It has been shown to quickly help with Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) as well as chronic suicidal ideation.

Save the date! Coming May 3rd...

No Shortcuts: Gen-Z and the Hero's Journey

Presented by

Teresa Bertoncin, LMFT, LPCC

Friday, May 3rd, 2024

10:00 am - 12:15 pm

Zoom, 2.0 CEs

Register here.

Join us for Teresa Bertoncin's fascinating look at the Gen-ZTeresa Bertoncin, LMFT, LPCC population (those born between 1995-2012) seen through the eyes of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey. Initiatory life and death imagery are explored through the lens of developmental significance and trauma, as well as the concept of metaphorical suicide as a transformational urge. Also considered is the impact and influence of parenting, community, environment, and social media on the success and failure of the initiatory juncture. This presentation will look at various research that underscores relevant struggles and interruptions, as well as examples of cause and presentation of those struggles. Integrative approaches will be addressed that provide trauma resolution while building and establishing an internal locus of control and resiliency.


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Telehealth: Law & Ethics, Technology, and Best Practices for Connecting with Your Clients with Lisa Wenninger, BC-TMH

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RECAMFT's Mission Statement

The purpose of RECAMFT is to promote and maintain professional competence and integrity with knowledge, innovation, compassion, humor and respect for human dignity and diversity.

We do this by providing opportunities for networking, education and community outreach.

Ethics Roundtable

Got a sticky problem?

Come discuss it confidentially with your colleagues at our next Ethics Roundtable

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Not consultation, just a great way to get some ideas about how to handle your sticky case. Friendly and open group.  Learn more here.

  • Fri., June 21st,  2024
  • 12 to 1:30 pm
  • Zoom
  • Register here.
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    April Compassion Fatigue Peer Support Group Meeting

          • Fri., Apr. 12th
          • 10:30 - 12:00pm
          • Register here.

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    Are you creative? 

    Join us for our Crafting Group

    Bring any craft you like, get on Zoom with us and visit with your colleagues while we knit, sew, paint, draw, cook, create, etc. 

    • Fri., Apr. 12th, 11:30 am
    • Register here

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    Have you written a book? 

    Be sure to let us know so we can include it on our Library page. Email

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    Prelicensed Support - 3000 Hour Club

    The Board assigned a Task Force to examine the best ways to engage and serve our prelicensed members. Now we are ready for new Students, Prelicensed and Newly Licensed Members to join our Prelicensed Committee. If you are interested in helping with the Prelicensed Committee, please let us know by emailing your interest to  Come on, you know you want to! Just do it!!  

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    Programs Committee Update

    Welcome back, RECAMFT community! We are so excited to share some of the upcoming monthly CE events coming this fall.

    RECAMFT Zoom presentations

    • Fri., April 5th - Liminal Medicine will discuss Ketamine use for depression and suicidality.
    • May 3rd - Teresa Bertoncin, LMFT, LPCC will offer insight on working with Gen-Zers. 
    • June 7th - our own Jennifer Shannon, LMFT and author of Don't Feed the Monkey Mind will present!
    • Sept. 6th - Dr. Jenn Kennedy, PhD, LMFT, CSAT, Sex Therapist "How Sexuality Influences The Clinical Picture For Female Clients"
    • Oct. 4th and 5th - hopefully, 3 hrs each day - Professional Wills with Dr. Ann Stein, PhD, LMFT (counts as 6 CEs Law & Ethics), more information coming soon. 
    • Nov. 1st - Dr. Shawn Giammattei, PhD, "Affirmative Family Therapy with Gender Diverse People and Their Loved Ones"  
    • Dec. 6th - hopefully, Dr. Stephen Tsao, PhD, "OCD and Exposure Prevention Response", more information coming soon... 

    CAMFT events to consider attending:

    • Friday, May 3rd and Sat. May 4th, 2024, CAMFT Annual Conference at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. More...

    We are still reviewing applications for presentations to be scheduled for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025. Please submit an application if you have a presentation idea to

    Are you interested in seeing what we have coming up? Consider microvolunteering with the Programs & Conferences Committee! Microvolunteering opportunities: screening speaker applications; providing support at in person CE events; monitoring Q&A for speakers during monthly Zoom presentations. We are especially looking for a Programs Committee Chairperson.

    We look forward to another year of bringing you quality, enriching presentations which support your professional growth and development.

    With gratitude,
    The Programs & Conferences Committee

    President's Message:

    Feeling Proud at Law & Ethics with that Excellent Collegial Vibe!  

    By Dr.Bob Casanova, PsyD, LMFT

    Dear RECAMFT Colleagues:

    I am pleased to inform you that our first Law & Ethics in Petaluma was a big success! A talented group of volunteers held several planning sessions, and chose the Petaluma Community Center for our event. It's a lovely site, with a large pond out front full of ducks and geese. 

    About 70 mental health professionals (approximately 1/3 were non-RECAMFT members) met for the day-long training, and enjoyed the collegial atmosphere, and great food throughout the day. We had a hearty breakfast with lots of goodies provided by Swedish Chef Helena Gustavsson Giesea from Baked on the River in Guerneville. She also personally brought over lunches for our noon break which were delicious. 

    There are some volunteers I want to personally acknowledge and thank because without them, the day would not have been the great success it was. 

    • Annette Seibel shopped for the breakfast food and drink, and artistically set it up. 
    • Cynthia Halliday set up the registration tables and borrowed hot water dispensers from Hollydale Lodge for hot water for tea. 
    • Gail Van Buuren has been storing our stash of paper cups, plates, silverware, and brought it all in. She also picked up the coffee from Starbuck's. 
    • Pat Hromalik ran a very successful scholarship raffle which raised the balance of the money needed to fund the scholarships for 2024. She solicited all the fun items to raffle off, and artfully displayed them. Lastly, Pat made cute centerpieces for all the tables. Below are Pat and Tara D'Orazio at the Scholarship Raffle Table. Pat Hromalik and Tara D'Orazio, 3/30/24
    • Tara D'Orazio helped Pat with the raffle, and brought a basket full of little hand-crocheted animals which she donated to the raffle. She also prepaid the coffee, and made origami butterflies to decorate the tables. Flower centerpiece
    • Laura Strom rented the facility, and arranged all sorts of details like insurance, securing the speaker, website details, and was the emcee for most of the day. 
    • A number of people who arrived early, just jumped in to help out. We have the best members....
    • Cynthia, Gail, Tara and Laura stayed late to clean up afterwards, and they had all been there since very early in the morning. 

    Owl by Tara D'Orazio, LMFTWithout these folks we wouldn't have had the wonderful event we did. Be sure to thank them next time you see them for making RECAMFT look good to all our guests! 

    We have two more excellent speakers before our summer break in July and August. Teresa Bertoncin, LMFT, LPCC is someone I met through CAMFT, and she will be giving us a terrific talk on Gen-Z on May 3rd.  Successful published author and RECAMFT member Jennifer Shannon, LMFT will be speaking in June.  The team at Liminal Medicine will catch us up on ketamine this month on April 5th. 

    Lots of excellent presenters are already lined up for the fall. I'm particularly excited about Dr. Jenn Kennedy who will kick us off with her talk on sexual issues in women on Sept. 6th. I met Dr. Jenn working on a CAMFT committee some years ago, and think she is a terrific speaker and clinician. Stay tuned for more....

    Lastly, I want to mention how very proud I am of our Racial and Social Justice Committee (RSJC). The RSJC's hard work led to RECAMFT winning a prestigious award from CAMFT for our DEI efforts. I especially want to acknowledge the hard work of the Co-chairs, Linda Block, LMFT, and Katharina Kienböck, LMFT, for leading the way. Linda has further gone on to serve on the CAMFT DEI committee. This committee has worked hard over the last four years, and it's time for new volunteers to step up. 

    If you're interested in a committee (prelicensed, programs, RSJC, scholarship, or membership), please send an email to and let me know. I would be happy to answer any questions you have. This a volunteer-driven non-profit, and everybody needs to take a turn helping. Our volunteers are what make RECAMFT so special! 

    With warmth and appreciation for our community,

    Dr. Bob Casanova, PsyD, LMFT


    2017-18 President,

    Dr.Bob Casanova, PsyD, LMFT

    Dr. Bob Casanova, PsyD, LMFT is the 2024 RECAMFT President. He also served as the 2017-18 state CAMFT President. He has a private practice in Windsor, CA. 

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    Thank you to Newport Academy and Rob and Justina for sponsoring this year's Annual Law & Ethics! We appreciate you so much!!Newport Academy logo

    Rob and Justina, Newport Academy


    Jennifer Shannon, LMFT

    Author and CBT Expert Jennifer Shannon, LMFT will present a 2 hour CE program, Fri., June 7th, 10 am to 12:15 pm, Zoom. 

    "Three Underlying Beliefs That Cause Anxiety and How to Change Them, a CBT Approach"

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    Jennifer Shannon is a licensed psychotherapist and a Certified Diplomat in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy specializing in anxiety. She co-founded the Santa Rosa Center For Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has over forty years of experience treating children, teens, and adults.  She is the author of numerous books, including  Don’t Feed The Monkey Mind, The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens, and A Teen’s Guide To Getting Stuff Done, all published by New Harbinger Press.  Her books have been selected for the Reading Well Books on Prescription in the UK.  She speaks regularly at national conferences and has been featured on radio programs, and in magazines and newspapers.

    Registration coming soon....

    Our March 30th Law & Ethics speaker was Brad Muldrow, Esq, from CAMFT's staff. 

    Bradley Muldrow, Esq

    Some of the lovely breakfast food Annette Seibel set up for us at Law & Ethics.  Others jumped in to help also. Annette even baked some gluten-free things for us! 

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    Megaphone Black Lives MatterCall for Submissions for the May 2024 Issue of The RECAMFT Therapist! 

    May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage, Jewish American Heritage, Mental Health Awareness, and Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness month. There are numerous days and weeks of significance throughout the month including Earth Day on April 22nd. See more hereWe especially welcome submissions where awareness themes intersect with mental health. Please send your submission (500 word max) to by the 15th. Questions?               Return to top

    We Need You! Jobs for Awesome Volunteers

    We need help with

    • Prelicensed Committee!
    • Programs Committee
    • Racial & Social Justice Committee
    • Newsletter Editor Assistant (ideally comfortable with web publishing, blogs, social media, etc.)
    • Tech 2 - Social Media Manager

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    Scholarships, Honors and Awards

    2024 Scholarship period now open until April 30th! 

    Joe and Pamela Ward Memorial Scholarship

    Joe and Pamela WardThis scholarship program was established in 2021 to honor the legacy of our late Administrative Consultants, who were known for their exceptional generosity, kindness, and special affinity for supporting early career clinicians.  RECAMFT awards annual scholarships of $1000 each and a free year-long membership. All Pre-Licensed and Newly-Licensed chapter members are eligible to apply. 

    The funds that make these awards possible have been generously donated by members of our chapter and are doubled by matching funds authorized by our Board of Directors. Your donations will go twice as far! Please visit to apply or give a tax-free donation today!           

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    RECAMFT's Racial and Social Justice Pledge

    RECAMFT is committed to equity including addressing structural racism and systemic injustice. We endeavor to be inclusive and value individuals from all ethnicities, ages, races, sexual orientations, genders, languages, abilities, religions, citizenship statuses, and socioeconomic backgrounds into our chapter and into treatment.

    We strive to advocate, educate, collaborate, and strategize for positive racial and social justice change within our membership and our community.

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    RECAMFT's Listserv For All! Check it out! 

    Our listserv has over 400 members on it, and is active daily with great conversations, resources, offerings, in search of, books, movies, office rentals, jobs, internships, etc. You can view the home page of our listserv at

    If you are not currently enrolled in the listserv, please email and ask to be added. You have the option of setting up your account to be 

        • Read individual emails
        • Read a digest of 12 emails
        • Or read online only

    After you have been added to the listserv, you can change the way you receive the emails to any of the above choices. In Gmail the emails will appear under your Forums tab. To send an email to the listserv, simply address your email to

    If you do not want to be on our listserv, you can delete your account or write to and ask to not be a part of the listserv. But we urge you to give it a try. You are missing out on a ton of meaningful collaboration with your colleagues. We hope you will enjoy being part of our online community! 

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    Highlights from RECAMFT's Board of Directors

    The March Board meeting highlights... Some of the key issues addressed: 

    • Pat Hromalik gave the Finance Committee's report on how to cut the budget expense overage for 2024. The budget is approximately $20K greater than anticipated income, and the committee suggested ways to cut this number in half. 
    • Because the CFO was not present, President Casanova asked that the Board wait to vote on these recommendations until the April meeting. 
    • Secretary Strom asked the Finance Committee to meet again and write up the policies and procedures they outlined in their report for possible adoption. 
    • The Board received a member proposal for a Justice Project focused on AntiSemitism, but needs to re-establish the Racial and Social Justice Committee (which is down to 3 people, 2 of whom are leaving within 2 months) before it can consider more Justice Projects. 
    • The Board also felt a Justice Project on AntiSemitism should go hand-in-hand on one focused on Islamophobia. At the present time there is not a proposal on Islamophobia for the Board to consider. 
    • Board President Casanova again asked all Board members to personally call six members and invite them to the March 30th Law & Ethics. 

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    Praise about the Racial & Social Justice Committee (RSJC)

    A letter of appreciation for RECAMFT and our 

    Racial and Social Justice Committee! 

    Pink envelope with heartAfter last month's newsletter about RECAMFT winning the CAMFT Chapter Excellence Award for DEI, we received the following email from Shira Marin, PhD, LMFT a long-time Marin CAMFT member and therapist. 

    Hello, Y'all,

    I'm writing from Whitefish, Montana, where I now reside. I just read the newsletter, and I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate the Redwood Empire CAMFT community. I can't hold back any longer from telling you how much I admire what you do and that every award you earn is so richly deserved.

    Congratulations not only for that, but for your forward thinking, your deep-hearted consideration, and the extraordinary service you offer in myriad ways. I'm beyond impressed by the work you do in DEI. I hope you will continue to have hybrid presentations or recordings of those you deem appropriate so that those of us out-of-towners can participate.

    With warmest regards,


    Shira Marin, PhD, LMFT CGP

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    WOW, Shira! Thank you for this email. You made our month with this one! 

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    Statement of Acknowledgement from the RSJC

    While RECAMFT is proud of winning this CAMFT Chapter Excellence Award for DEI, we acknowledge that as an organization there is still work to be done. We are committed to carrying out this work as a community of healers, and humbly dedicate ourselves to leaning in towards the deeper work within the communities we serve, our membership, and ourselves. 

    Every voice is essential and valuable in building RECAMFT into what we all hope it can and should be. We welcome feedback regarding our ongoing efforts to create inclusive, equitable safe spaces. Please help us as we continue to learn and grow together.

    RECAMFT Racial and Social Justice Committee

    March 15, 2024

    People around a large starWould you like to be a part of RECAMFT's award-winning Racial and Social Justice Committee (RSJC)? We need your input for upcoming projects we hope to accomplish. If you are interested, please send an email stating your interest to

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    NEW! RECAMFT On-Demand Programs:

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    NEW! Dissociative Identity Disorder training (DID). 4 CEs:

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    Members can watch the video, pass the test, fill out the evaluation, and download your certificate. It's that easy! You can earn CEs for any recorded event if you didn't already earn CEs from the live event. 

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    Law & Ethics Attendees Rock - Funded Scholarship Program!

    by Pat Hromalik, LMFT

    At our second in-person training conference for Law and Ethics since the pandemic, we raised a whopping $1000 for the Joe and Pamela Ward Memorial Scholarship fund for pre-licensed and newly licensed therapists.

    How did this enthusiastic audience do this?

    Law & Ethics training, March 30, 2024

    They generously participated in our raffle for great prizes donated by local businesses, including gift certificate goody bags for two high end consignment stores and a barbershop, specialty olive oil basket and special food and gift certificate basket, as well as a patio spruce up set with a beautiful succulent dish garden and candle lantern. We also had a mini fund raiser along side the raffle by our Scholarship Chairperson, Tara D’0razio, who crocheted cute mini creatures that participants could get for a donation. Last October we ran a similar raffle at the first L&E in person event and raised $671. These two amounts put us over are initial goal of raising $4500 over 3 years to match the amount RECAMFT would contribute to fund 3 annual $1,000 scholarships. To date we’ve raised $4,611, and now have a start on funding our 2025 scholarships.

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    Please support the following local businesses who generously supported our last two raffles:

    To learn more about our scholarship program, read about our past winners, or to donate, or to apply for our 2024 scholarships by April 3Oth click here.

    Read a good book lately? Send your review to

    Pat Hromalik, LMFT, has a private practice in Petaluma, CA. She is currently serving as a RECAMFT Director at Large. Her website is 

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    Past President's Notepad

    A Pair of Past Presidents: Laura Strom and Cynthia Halliday  

    We knew these two were up to something when they were spotted out for dinner in Sebastopol! Cynthia Halliday (right) was RECAMFT's 2010 President. Laura Strom (left) is RECAMFT's 2014, 2021, 2022 President, and was CAMFT's 2015-16 President. When they met in 2012, both their lives changed forever. They are fast friends, and manage to come up with lots of things to do together! Turns out they were celebrating Cynthia's birthday! Happy birthday, Cynthia! 

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    Laura Strom & Cynthia Halliday

    Thank you for reading this month's newsletter! RECAMFT is great because of involved members like you!!

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