Welcome to September! This is National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and World Alzheimer’s Disease Month. Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15th to Oct. 15th.
Read on to learn about all the activities happening with RECAMFT this month as we enter our Fall training season together.
RECAMFT begins our Fall series of programming with a very important training - we hope all of you can join us!
Affirmative Therapy with Trans and/or Nonbinary Clients
Friday, September 1st, 2023
10:00 am - 12:15 pm
ZOOM, 2.0 CEs
Sand Chang, PhD
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Meet RECAMFT's Prelicensed Chair and Director at Large, Jessica Heaney, AMFT. She is a graduate of Touro University Worldwide, and is now working for Seneca's Wraparound Program. Jessica is hosting our newly named 3000 Hour Club for Prelicensed Members monthly events on the first Friday monthly. 3-5 PM. Learn more here. Contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Swirling Emotions of the Fall Season
By Gina Culver, LMFT
Happy (almost) Fall, amazing RECAMFT community! This is my favorite time of year, as school resumes, the world starts to slow down in preparation for winter, the holidays have not quite kicked into full gear yet, and the weather starts to cool though we may still get some hot days. Sweaters, hot chocolate, pumpkins, Halloween, apples, back to school supplies (does anyone miss the smell of new pencils every fall?). This season brings a smile to my face and I am genuinely content and happy.
Autumn also represents death in preparation to be reborn in the spring (my other favorite season). This time of year, we remember, and miss, loved ones more. During the autumn, I contemplate the cycle of life and death much more than I do other times of the year, maybe because of the losses I have endured. Later in the fall, I definitely see and feel a spike in sadness and traumatic grief for me.
This year, I will be honoring the 10th anniversary of my mom’s death, but also the 1st anniversary of my sister’s. So many times, when I think of both of their deaths, it feels like freight trains heading full speed at one another without even hitting the brakes. At other times, it feels like the ocean’s ebbs and flows: sometimes peaceful, sometimes a little turbulent, and occasionally, stormy.
When it is challenging to face, I focus on remembering our love for one another, happy memories, funny things they shared, and how much they meant to me. It eases the pain to a bearable level so I can keep moving forward again. While I miss both of them, trying to hold this perspective and honor their influences on my life in a way congruent with how I live in and see the world, helps to calm the stormy waters.
While I did not intend for this month’s message to turn to one of grief (my eyes welled up as I was writing this article), it also helps me with managing the other griefs (personal, work, community, global) which continue to crop up so I can be the anchor in the storm for those who are maybe struggling a tinge more than me.
I leave you with one of my favorite visualizations which the above photo reminds me of: imagine yourself sitting on the bank of a creek, stream, river (you choose) and imagine the leaves falling from the tree and floating away. Next, imagine your troubles, your worries, your thoughts (whichever you choose) are placed onto those leaves as they float by. You sit and watch as they drift away. Take a deep breath as you sit and watch.
Take care, my friends, and may you find pockets of calm and peace at this time of year.
Gina L. Culver, MS, LMFT
SAVE THE DATE!
In-person training in Windsor - October 27th - LAW & ETHICS
Below: Picture from one of our last in-person events at Furth Center, Law & Ethics with Dave Jensen, 2019.
Welcome back, RECAMFT community! We are so excited to share some of the upcoming monthly CE events coming this fall:
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 also looking for a Programs Committee Chairperson.
Call for Submissions for the Oct. 2023 Issue of The RECAMFT Therapist!
October is Filipino American Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Hispanic Heritage Month runs thruogh Oct. 15th. We especially welcome submissions where these themes intersect with mental health. Please send your submission (500 word max) to email@example.com by the 15th. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On June 24th, we hosted our Rustic Ranch Reunion at the picturesque Bridal Path, and it was nothing short of enchanting. This sun-soaked afternoon was an occasion for colleagues to step out from behind their screens, connect in person, and revel in the joys of community and camaraderie.
The horse and carriage rides were a highlight and members also loved the close encounters with the ranch's charming miniature horses. Attendees brought a potluck of delightful dishes to share and there were games and giveaway prizes to our winners. We extend our sincerest gratitude to all who attended the Rustic Ranch Reunion and contributed to its resounding success. We are excited about the connections that were formed and look forward to seeing those relationships flourish. Thank you all for making this event not just a reunion, but a true celebration of our community. Here's to many more gatherings that enrich our shared journey in this profession.
Thoughts from the Racial & Social Justice Committee (RSJC)
Update on Letter to CAMFT about Gender-Affirming Care
By Linda Block, RECAMFT RSJC Co-Chair & CAMFT DEI Committee Member
RECAMFT's Racial and Social Justice Committee would like to report updates since we sent the letter to CAMFT in May. Our letter was in response to the deleterious Letter to the Editor that CAMFT published in the March/April issue of The Therapist magazine. RECAMFT's letter to CAMFT - calling for an apology for harm caused and transparency in actions taken to assure that there will not be a recurrence of a mistake like that - was signed by nearly 100 of our members.
The RSJC thanks all RECAMFT members who participated in this important advocacy with CAMFT.
We hope you had a rejuvenating summer break! We're thrilled to invite you to dive back into learning with our Continuing Education (CE) resources. RECAMFT has a learning library that comes with your membership! You can access recordings of our zoom events from 2023, 2022, and 2021. 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 that you didn't already earn CEs from the live event. You must be logged in to see that library here: https://www.recamft.org/CE-Video-LibraryHere are just a few of the engaging titles currently available:
Introducing our On-Demand Store: Now, even non-members can benefit from RECAMFT's extensive CE video library by purchasing select individual video programs in our On-Demand Store. If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to our friendly support team at email@example.com. We are here to help!
You can also visit our On-Demand store to purchase CE presentations that were not offered free with membership, and it is not required to be a RECAMFT member for purchase: https://www.recamft.org/on-demand-training We have plans to release more programs to the On-Demand Store in the coming months.
Announcing the 2023 Winners of the Joe and Pamela Ward Memorial RECAMFT Scholarship
Erin Prieskorn, LMFT was recently licensed in January and is a Sonoma County native with a passion for helping local clients with chronic health conditions as well as those impacted by disasters and PTSD. Erin is currently developing skills for an integrative mind, body, and acceptance-based therapy for these clients while pursuing ACT training and publishing a workbook.
Nicole Penrod, AMFT graduated from SSU in December 2022 and is an Associate in private practice. Their greatest joy is helping clients move through challenging transitions and cultivating their own voice. Nicole is a bicultural, bilingual, trans/non-binary clinician who works from a racial and social justice framework and specializes in work with creatives and the LGBTQ+ community.
Diana Northness, LMFT recently completed her first year in private practice. Diana treats children as young as 4 with years of experience in play therapy and attachment therapy. She is currently in the process of becoming certified in Brainspotting and would like to invest in more trauma training.
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.
Participate in the Justice Project : Antiracism by 12/31/23 and receive a lovely Certificate of Achievement for your wall! Click here to find out more.
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September Compassion Fatigue Peer Support Group Meeting
This 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 three scholarships of $1000 each and a free year-long membership. All Pre-Licensed and Newly-Licensed chapter members are eligible to apply.
We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who applied for the scholarship, as well as those who generously contributed to our scholarship fund. Your contributions pave the way for a profession where every dedicated clinician can confidently pursue their aspirations and positively impact our community. Thank you for being a driving force in empowering these emerging professionals to succeed in their journey to licensure and beyond.
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At the heart of this award is acknowledging someone who embodies all of the aspects of RECAMFT’s mission, values, vision, and commitment to the profession and mental well-being within the community.
What youmissed: "What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Black Folks and Other BIPOC"
Presented in June 2023 by Shawn LaRé Brinkley
If you missed this training, we are planning on producing it for the RECAMFT On-Demand Library soon.
RECAMFT was excited to welcome Shawn LaRé Brinkley, LMFT, for an all-day training focusing on the experiences of BIPOC individuals in America. This engaging training shared facts and clinical tools, and importantly, lived experience around how BIPOC people are often dismissed and invalidated. In a therapeutic setting, the presentation of BIPOC individuals seeking care is often misunderstood, leading to misdiagnosis, medication mismanagement, and other harms. Shawn LaRé brought so much enthusiasm and energy to the learning experience, debunking myths, and giving needed information to help overcome challenges and bridge cultural gaps that may occur when therapists, especially white therapists, have not had the necessary training to make these connections.
RECAMFT is grateful for the insights, knowledge, and experiences that Shawn LaRé brought to our community during this exciting day together!
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