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Understanding How Military Service Affects Families with John Schempf, LMFT, FREE event, 1.5 CEs, $15 for Non-CAMFT Chapter members

  • 02/07/2020
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa


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By: John Schempf, LMFT, Active Duty US Coast Guard.

What kind of person decides to join the military for low pay, arduous duty, separation from loved ones and inherent danger from life threats? What kind of person decides that marrying a military person is a good idea? Separation from and loss of loved ones, frequent moving, and a new job are standard operating procedure for military members and their families, often with young children, on an annual basis.

Furthermore, the military presents a cornucopia of diversity issues including hyper-masculinity (sometimes called "toxic masculinity"), locker room mentality, sexual assault, power and control, homophobia and transphobia. As an active duty member of the US Coast Guard, specializing in domestic violence issues in families, marriage and family therapist, John Schempf, will be able to provide an intimate look on the unique problems encountered when working with families who have a member serving in our military.

Learning Objectives - After completion of the presentation the attendees will:

1. Have a working knowledge of military family life challenges and its effect on relationships.

2. Have knowledge of military resources and the challenges involved in accessing resources.

3. Discuss approaches to providing counseling therapy to military and their families.

About our speaker

John W. Schempf, LMFT is employed by the US Coast Guard Health Safety and Work-Life Division as a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Family Advocacy Specialist (FAS), and Employee Assistance Program Coordinator (EAPC). He specializes in sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and suicide. John received his Master’s Degree in Psychological Counseling MFT Track from the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center in 2010.

As an Active Duty member of the US Coast Guard, John provides drug and alcohol counseling, develops and implements substance abuse prevention programs, and provides case management for the US Coast Guard. Additionally, he provides training, education and counseling for active duty US Coast Guard young men and women, as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Federal Law Enforcement Officer and subject matter expert instructor/trainer and course developer in both emergency medicine and law enforcement as well as engaging in numerous search and rescue and law enforcement cases. John works with Hope Counseling Petaluma to provide low-fee counseling for Sonoma County residents.

10:30 - 11:00 Social networking and registration

Disability Accommodation: To request an accommodation for a disability, please email

CEU Certificate: You must stay for the entire meeting to receive your certificate. If you have signed IN and OUT of the course, you will receive an email with a link to the course evaluation. Once you complete the evaluation, the CE Certificate will open. If you do not immediately see the certificate, check your downloads folder. Fill in your name and license number on the certificate, and right click on it to save it to your own computer. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hrs of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

CEUs are free for RECAMFT members, or members of other CAMFT Chapters. Non-members who desire CEUs pay $15.

Grievances: direct grievances to, and/or the chapter president at

Map to Odd Fellows Hall here

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