Sacramento Valley CAMFT

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March 2014 SVC-CAMFT Newsletter.

  March 2014  

 Sacramento Valley Chapter

California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Newsletter Editor:  Heather Blessing, MFT Registered Intern

Letter from the Board

Dear SVC-CAMFT Members,

            Your Newsletter Editor here.  I am so excited about this month's newsletter!  Darlene Davis gives us the scoop about the BBS right from the source (Legal Beagle).  The information is only HOURS old!  So much is going on - we have a board full of high energy and creativity (still room for more).  Many of them are braving this storm and driving down to San Jose for the Chapter Leadership Conference right now to work on more creative ideas for our chapter!


*   We are starting to get our Printed Directed started so please check your information we will use for your listing (click here for directions), also consider advertising to make your practice\agency to stand out.  Also distribute our Advertising Applications to places that handle mental health care or wellness, so they get more exposure and we make our Printed Directory successful.


*  You will notice we have a new unofficial logo (the circle filled with words), to show our vision of this chapter.


*  You will now note that we have MORE upcoming meetings\trainings listed in our newsletter.  We are working to plan ahead using the ideas YOU gave US when you filled out those surveys when you voted in our elections.


*  I am excited to say that our Hospitality Co-Chair, Mike McDonald just became licensed AND stepped up to the President Elect position.  I enjoy working with Mike and know he will be an excellent President.  It is also exciting for me, an Intern, to see that it is not only a dream to become Licensed (it feels like it some days).


*  As always I am looking for book/movie/tv reviews and special feature articles.  Do you work with a certain segment of our community that often is ignored or misunderstood?  Write an article about working with them or dispel myths. 


*  I want you to read the rest of newsletter and don't want to keep you, but I am planning on stepping down from my Newsletter Editor position at the end of the year, so I am looking for someone I can train - a small amount of HMTL understanding is necessary (but  not a lot).  Please contact me if you are interested in seeing what the newsletter editor does.


Enjoy the newsletter,

Heather Blessing, MA, MFT Intern

Newsletter Editor

  This issue:

· Letter From the Board
· Legal Beagle

· CAMFT Ballots
· Volunteers for Board Needed
· Getting Involved
· Membership Directory
· Membership Directory Ad Application
· February Presentation Summary
Upcoming Meeting Information
· NAMI Walk
· Upcoming Board Meetings
· Special Feature
· Letters to the Editor
· Psyched about Books and Movies
· Advertising and Announcements
· Advertising Policy for the Newsletter


Jill P. Lawler, LMFT
Mike McDonald, LMFT
Past President:

Chad Thompson, MFT
Maria Wiese, LMFT


Beverly Baldwin, MFT Intern

Terri Johnson, MFT Intern Program Co-Chairs:
"Marti" McClellan-Morehouse, LMFT
Kari Deitrich, Trainee
Hospitality Co-Chairs:

Kimberlie Flowers, MFT
Pre-License Chair:

Betty Knight, LMFT
Amy Schepcoff, LMFT
Sterling Evison, Trainee
Volunteer Chair:

Membership Co-Chairs:
Carol Nelson, LMFT

Newsletter Editor:

Heather Blessing, MFT Intern


Legal Beagle

dectective.pngWelcome to the section of the SVC-CAMFT newsletter, Legal Beagle written by Darlene Davis, LMFT. The chapter thought it would be helpful to keep you updated on new laws, legislative pursuits or actions, as well as ongoing legal and ethical dilemmas we all face in our career as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Interns, and Trainees. Please feel free to ask questions that you have and I will do my best to investigate and post your answer in the newsletter. Please note that articles are based on information from CAMFT and/or the BBS and have been researched to the best of my ability. This is not meant to be legal advice.  Please contact CAMFT or Board of Behavioral Sciences for any legal matters you need assistance for.

There has been some recent legislative updates and professional updates I thought you would all love to hear. First the good news. The Governor has approved the hiring of 8 persons at the BBS and they have already hired 3 persons dedicated to processing applications. This means that within the next 3 months the turnaround time for processing applications for licensure will be approximately 1 to 2 months! That’s fantastic news! Do I hear interns all jumping up and down right now!!!

As reported earlier CAMFT participated in a Department of Health Care Services Stakeholder meeting. During the meeting, there was a discussion regarding the inclusion of LMFTs as providers of the new Medi-Cal Managed Health Care Services that are being implemented as a result of the Affordable Care Act. As a result of a comment made by the DHCS's Benefits Division Chief, it appeared that there was a misunderstanding on the part of DHCS that psychologists and LCSWs are the only licenses qualified to offer psychotherapy services.

CAMFT addressed this issue by working with our State lobbyist, Tim Shannon, to set up a meeting with DHCS. It worked! DHCS on March 7th will submit an amendment to officially recognize LMFT’s and LMFT Interns to accept Medi-Cal in California. Great work CAMFT!

What’s next Medicare???? Speaking of Medicare AAMFT and CAMFT has been working together on a jointly commissioned, independent economic impact study to examine the cost and savings factors for Medicare Part B coverage of private-practice LMFT’S. The report will be presented in Washington DC next month and the word is that it will cost substantially lower than thought by the legislatures. Hopefully this is the last hurdle we have to jump over to begin serving our community in need.

CAMFT announced that we have authors for a bill to expand or eliminate the ceiling on hours of supervision allowed per week. Current law states that no more than 5hrs of supervision may be credited in any single week whether it is group or individual. The BBS is supportive of increasing the hours but does not want to eliminate the current legislation.

CAMFT would like legislation to clarify that trainees are allowed to conduct Tele-health. According to BC 4980.43 trainees are allowed and under BP 2290.5 they are not. This will be legislation to fix the opposing laws.

Members call into CAMFT on many occasions asking if downloading child pornography is a mandated report. There is no legal statute currently. CAMFT would like to introduce legislation to include a legal statute.

Another question that gets asked many times is how long to keep records. There is no legal mandate. Most therapists use the HIPAA standards of 7 years. CAMFT would like to ask for legal mandates that we keep records for 10 years which would be to our benefit as the BBS can bring a complaint against us for up to 10 years after the alleged violation. More to come on this.

And to end on another good note. Do trainees know they can receive FREE liability insurance through CPH and Associates? For further information go to

Next week is the BBS meeting and I am sure to have more updates. Until then go out and do good work …. And enjoy your work!

Darlene Davis, LMFT
Executive Director HOPE; Healthy Outcomes for Personal Enrichment
MFT Stipend Coordinator for Greater Sacramento
Instructor of University of Phoenix


The State CAMFT Ballots Are Coming!

March 3rd the State CAMFT ballots will be mailed for a truly historic CAMFT election. Volunteers with the movement have nominated five candidates to the ballot via petition giving CAMFT its first election with a choice for every position on the ballot.

In December 5% of the ballots arrived too late to be counted. There were a number that were illegible, and some in which people wrote notes on the ballot to CAMFT which invalidated 60+ ballots.


Make sure your vote is counted! Tips:



·      Fill in and mail your ballot ASAP

o   Sign with your name as CAMFT has it

o   Print your name legibly

·      Vote for five candidates (not more).

·      Don’t write comments on ballot – it will be disqualified!



·      Use only “Official Ballot Envelope” - which must be signed

·      Use your CAMFT membership number, rather than your license number

o   Your CAMFT number is located on the back cover of “The Therapist” magazine, directly above your name/address

·      Ballots being mailed first week of March 2014

o   If you don’t have your ballot by March 14th call CAMFT and ask for another.

o   In the Dec. Bylaws vote 5% of the ballots arrived too late to be counted. Don’t let this happen to you - mail early!


Extra Assurance

·      Do not wait to mail back the ballot – carefully complete ASAP!

o   Mail before March 31st



Mike McDonald who most of you know as a Hospitality Co-Chair has stepped up to become our President Elect.
This leaves a Hospitality Co-Chair vacant.
We also need another Membership Co-Chair, another Member at Large and a Volunteer Chair.

Also I, Heather Blessing, will step down at the end of the year as Newsletter Editor and am looking for a replacement.  If you are interested in learning about the newsletter feel free to contact me at

Please contact Jill about the other positions


You asked and we responded!

The 2014 SVC-CAMFT Executive Board Members and Committee Chairs are excited about adding to the legacy of our organization.  We feel privileged to serve our community in this way.  The survey responses in 2013 showed us that we have active members who want to focus on skill building, relationship development and business.  Therefore as we plan the trainings and meetings for 2014, we are focusing on your requests.

You may not see the specific training that you requested on the calendar, but rest assured that you request was not ignored.  We are also projecting into next year and your request may be honored in 2015.  Budgets are often a significant factor in the kinds of trainings we can provide.  During these times of recovery, we recognize that, but let’s not allow our “money issues’ to keep us from advancing our careers and accessing cutting edge information.

We also need your help SVC-CAMFT Members.  We need your involvement every step of the way as we work toward creating a dynamic, creative and informative year.

Ways that you can contribute are as follows:

·       Sign-up for the meetings posted on the calendar

·       Submit articles and letters to the editor for our newsletter

·       Volunteer

·       Join the Sacramento MFT Walk for NAMI

·       Come sit in on the board meetings

·       Email The Program Co-Chairs if you have someone who wants to speak or if you would like to give a training

·       Spread the Word - Let your colleagues, interns, supervisors and friends about our meetings and trainings.  The more that attend our meetings and trainings, the more meetings and trainings we can provide including different locations, times and days.


We are starting to work on our SVC-CAMFT Printed Directory that will be widely distributed to community Psychiatrists, Physicians, Attorneys, Public Health Agencies, Government Agencies, Community Services Agencies, and many other professionals.  All current members are listed for FREE!  We need YOU to verify that your information is up to date.

To Verify your information go to the link
Then Login using your email address and password you used when you registered or renewed your membership.

Review your profile, if you need to make changes click on the Edit profile Button and make any changes you need
Then click save on the bottom left hand side of the screen (at the end of your profile).

Thank you!






Your membership in Sacramento Valley Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (SVC-CAMFT) offers you a free listing in our web Membership Directory and printed directory. To enhance your presence in the 2014-2015 printed Membership Directory and to all other Mental Health related professionals interested, we offer advertisement at an affordable fee schedule. The directory is widely distributed to community Psychiatrists, Physicians, Attorneys, Public Health Agencies, Government Agencies, Community Service Agencies, and many other professionals.


              The directory will be published in May 2014, and distributed in June, therefore, all advertising must be submitted by April 30, 2014. *

              Please submit your camera-ready Black & White ad in MS WORD, JPEG, TIF or PDF format.

              Please be aware that if your ad is not PDF format, the layout, font and graphics may be changed.

              Email the file as an attachment to, or mail the digital file on CD to SVC-CAMFT P O Box 163385 Sacramento, Ca. 95816.

              Include a fax or email address where the proof can be sent for approval before ad goes to print.

              Send a check for advertising fee made out to: SVC-CAMFT. Enclose with CD, or if emailing file,
send check separately to SCV-CAMFT P O Box 163385 Sacramento, Ca. 95816.

All of the following must be submitted with the advertisement:


Name: _______________________________________________

Phone: ___________________________________

Mailing Address: _______________________________________

City: ______________________ State: _____ Zip: ___________

Email: _______________________________________________


Ad Size


Member Cost

Non-Member Cost

Full Page

7 ½ H x 4 ¼ W



Two-Thirds Page

5 ½ H x4 ¼ W



Half Page

3 ¾ H x 4 ¼ W




* Please note, the publication of any advertisement by SVC-CAMFT is not an endorsement of, or responsible for any claims made in advertisement or promotion of services. SVC-CAMFT reserves the right to edit or refuse any material submitted for advertisement.

Please contact Carol Nelson, LMFT, SVC-CAMFT Membership Chair at  (707) 418-5686 or email at for any questions or further information.


  February Presentation Summary
The Invisible War
Speakers: Lani Stoner, LMFT and Becca Bettis, Program Director of The Soldiers Project
(2 CEUs)

At our February meeting we heard from The Soldiers Project, a non-profit organization providing free, confidential mental health counseling to military members and their families.  

As part of the presentation we watched the recent Sundance award-winning documentary, The Invisible War.  This riveting film highlights the disturbing and wide-spread problem of sexual assault found in all levels of the U.S. military.  It is estimated that as many as 20% of all female veterans have been sexually assaulted while serving in the military.  It is also estimated that at least 80% of all sexual assaults in the military go unreported, making the actual percentage likely much higher.  Men can also be victims, but they are even less likely to report.  This issue, along with combat-related PTSD and other mental health issues, makes the need for confidential counseling a high priority for the members of our military who may be suffering, but who are afraid to seek help from the usual military resources out of fear of professional retaliation or punishment.

The Soldiers Project contracts with licensed therapists who volunteer to provide counseling to members of the military free of charge. Intern therapists may also volunteer.  This service is confidential and is not connected with the Veteran's Administration in any way.  It is open to service members of all ranks, and of any discharge status.

For more information about The Soldiers Project here in Sacramento:
Phone:  916-792-3728.

Summary written by Catherine Zanzi


Upcoming Meeting Information
March 21, 2014
(Remember we are at Sierra Vista Now)

March Pre-Licensed Monthly Meeting
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 8:30AM-9:20AM
Sierra Vista Hospital - 8001 Bruceville Road, Sacramento, CA 95823 (map)
Topic: TBA

Note: Registration and membership are not required for the pre-license meeting

March Monthly Training
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 9:30AM-noon
Sierra Vista Hospital - 8001 Bruceville Road, Sacramento, CA 95823 (map)
Topic: Eliminating Self Sabotage
Speaker: Coach Ruben
  Repeating self-sabotaging thoughts and behavior becomes a lifestyle and worldview if corrective action is not taken. Albert Einstein said that doing the same thing over and over expecting different results is the definition of insanity – not a clinical insanity – but the insidious insanity of all human beings. He also said that “the significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” During this thought-provoking and popular discussion, Coach Ruben, author of Evolving Health, will lead participants on a special journey, deep into the subconscious. The journey is meant to reveal that which is often hidden and begin the process of eliminating destructive subconscious processes. This will make a significant difference not only for mental health practitioners, but also for clients served by the mental health community. Our aim is to teach the use of a simple and practical tool for personal and professional use.  

Learning Objectives:

·       Reveal how the subconscious runs the show

·       Identify patterns that block access to well-being

·       Learn the 4-step process to successfully begin rewiring the subconscious


We encourage early registration as space is limited.

To Register Click here.

Cost: Pre-register: $15 stu/interns, $20 SVC-CAMFT memb, $30 non-memb., +$5 "at-door" registration. Inclu. Cont brkfst. & 2 CEUs. No cc's at door. Reserv req'd by March 18 -Laura (916) 350-1577, or reg,pay, directions at

Reservations required: You can register and pre-pay online at, or contact Laura Frederick at (916) 350-1577 or email to register and pay at the door. Please help us contain the cost of presentations by making reservations in a timely manner (by Tuesday before the meeting). This is much appreciated.

April 25, 2014
(Week Later due to Good Friday)

April Pre-Licensed Monthly Meeting
Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Time: 8:30AM-9:20AM
Sierra Vista Hospital - 8001 Bruceville Road, Sacramento, CA 95823 (map)
Topic: TBA

Note: Registration and membership are not required for the pre-license meeting

April Monthly Training
Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Time: 9:30AM-noon
Sierra Vista Hospital - 8001 Bruceville Road, Sacramento, CA 95823 (map)
Network Speed Exchange: Resources and Relationship Development
Nichoel Menicucci Volunteer and Community Relation Coordinator WEAVE inc
                      Duane Wright ASW, CADAC-II TLCS Respite Program Manager
                      Mike Alvarez Mike Alvarez Consulting
Each Speaker will Speak for 30 minutes with the final 30-minutes will be "Speed Exchange".
More details coming - check the website for up to date information.

We encourage early registration as space is limited.

To Register Click here.

Cost: Pre-register: $15 stu/interns, $20 SVC-CAMFT memb, $30 non-memb., +$5 "at-door" registration. Inclu. Cont brkfst. & 2 CEUs. No cc's at door. Reserv req'd by April 22 -Laura (916) 350-1577, or reg,pay, directions at

Reservations required: You can register and pre-pay online at, or contact Laura Frederick at (916) 350-1577 or email to register and pay at the door. Please help us contain the cost of presentations by making reservations in a timely manner (by Tuesday before the meeting). This is much appreciated.

May 16, 2014

May Pre-Licensed Monthly Meeting
Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Time: 8:30AM-9:20AM
Sierra Vista Hospital - 8001 Bruceville Road, Sacramento, CA 95823 (map)
Topic: Darlene Davis covers topics that are important for pre-license MFTs

Note: Registration and membership are not required for the pre-license meeting

May Monthly Training
Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Time: 9:30AM-noon
Sierra Vista Hospital - 8001 Bruceville Road, Sacramento, CA 95823 (map)
Sand Tray
Check the website for the latest information

We encourage early registration as space is limited.

To Register Click here.

Cost: Pre-register: $15 stu/interns, $20 SVC-CAMFT memb, $30 non-memb., +$5 "at-door" registration. Inclu. Cont brkfst. & 2 CEUs. No cc's at door. Reserv req'd by May 13 -Laura (916) 350-1577, or reg,pay, directions at

Reservations required: You can register and pre-pay online at, or contact Laura Frederick at (916) 350-1577 or email to register and pay at the door. Please help us contain the cost of presentations by making reservations in a timely manner (by Tuesday before the meeting). This is much appreciated.

Law and Ethics (6 CEUs) will be in July - More information to come!

Upcoming Board Meetings
Board Meetings are FREE for anyone to attend BUT we do ask you register so we have an accurate headcount.
To Register click on the board meeting(s) you wish to attend.

Friday, March 21, 2014 - Sierra Vista 12:15pm-2:00pm

Friday, June 20, 2014- Sierra Vista 12:15pm-2:00pm

Friday, September 19, 2014 - Sierra Vista 12:15pm-2:00pm (Election Focused)

Friday, November 14, 2014 - Sierra Vista 12:15pm-2:00pm (Election & Budget Focused)




Picture from 2013 Nami Walk

Dear Members and Friends of SVC-CAMFT,
Once again, SVC-CAMFT will participate in the annual NAMI Walk here in Sacramento which will take place on Saturday, May 3rd, in William Land Park.  Last year we doubled our donations and participation from the previous year, and this year we hope to continue to grow in numbers and donations.   NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a wonderful organization that provides free counseling, education, and mental health resources to families and individuals in communities nation-wide.   The money our team raises will go directly to the Sacramento NAMI chapter.   This year we are also inviting members of the Sacramento division of AAMFT to join us.

Our team name is "Sacramento Marriage and Family Therapists"

Please visit the following website to join our team, or to donate on behalf of our team:

Contact  Catherine Zanzi at 916-214-1479 for more information.

Thank you!  Hope to see many of you walking with us on May 3rd.


Special Feature

An ACE Up Your Sleeve

The surprising story behind adult illness and disability - implications for parents.

Written by Laura Strom

Are you an adult with a chronic illness or pain? Did you get this condition out of the blue? Did you come down with a disability or illness that has you taking medication daily? Your health challenges are linked to events that happened in your childhood – there is an ACE hiding somewhere.    

Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) are proportionally related to adult medical health problems. The greater the number of ACEs, the greater the amount of medical issues you will have. That includes heart, lung, liver, autoimmune, psychosis, HIV/AIDS, obesity, disabilities and unwanted pregnancies to name but a few. ACEs are also related to the amount of money you make, your job satisfaction and your socio-economic standing.  

The ACE study (1997-98) was the largest study of its kind – over 17,000 people responded, and 80% were basically middle class white Americans. The balance was 10% Hispanic and 10% African American. The study was conducted by Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, under Vincent Feliti, MD in conjunction with Robert Anda, MD from the CDC.  

People were asked about ten different types of Adverse Childhood Events they could have had. They were:  

3 types of abuse:
  • Physical – spanking with an object like a belt, hitting, kicking, etc.
  • Verbal – “How could you be so stupid?”
  • Sexual – only contact sexual abuse was counted

2 types of neglect:
  • Physical – unclean, under fed/hungry
  • Emotional – unloved, unwanted

5 types of adverse events:            
  • Domestic violence between parents            
  • A family member who has an addiction (alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc.) 
  • A family member who is chronically ill (mental, physical, suicidal, etc.)           
  • A family member in prison
  • Not growing up in a house with two parents – divorce or death  

Each type of event counts as 1 point. It does not matter whether physical abuse happened once or a hundred times. If it happened, you get a score of 1. Respondents could have an ACE score ranging from 0 to 10. Here is a link where you can calculate your ACE score.  

There were some startling results from this survey. The first was only 30% of people had a score of zero. That really surprised the researchers. Nobody had ever thought to ask about or study Adverse Childhood Events before in relation to physical health risks and problems.  

If you have a score of 4, you are 4600 times more likely than a person with a score of zero to have attempted suicide. And the really sobering one – if you have a score of 6, your life expectancy is 20 years less than the general population.  

The researchers came up with the ACE pyramid to try to explain what was happening (see photo). An Adverse Childhood Event occurs, and disrupts the child’s neurodevelopment. Then the child experiences social and emotional problems, which lead to maladaptive coping strategies when they hit adolescence. That leads to disease, and eventually early death for about 16% of the population.  

A study out of Stanford assigned ACE scores to 700 children at the Bayview Hunters Point Clinic. They discovered that children with a score of 4 were 30 times more likely to have a learning or behavior disorder! Previously, we had presumed those were inherited.     

In 2009, a brain imaging study by Victor Carrion, MD at Stanford made international headlines when it definitively proved that trauma changes the shape of a young child’s growing brain. The hippocampus is smaller, and does not function as well, leading to poorer memory, among other things.  

All this is an alarming message for parents. It is vitally important that you try to make sure your child has as calm and peaceful a childhood as possible, and especially in the first five years while the brain is developing very rapidly. Traumatic events literally rewire a child’s brain.  

It is vitally important that parents consider how they are disciplining their children. Most parents would never want to do anything to increase their child’s risk of early death. Many of us grew up in a time when parents often threatened and used corporal punishment. We were raised to think spanking or whipping a child was essential to building good character.  

While we strive to raise responsible children, inflicting the kind of punishment many of us received, would definitely be an Adverse Childhood Event, putting our children at heightened risk of physical illness and early death. Thinking that delivering a good, sound spanking is exactly what the child needs and doing it, is actually increasing their risk of a host of negative consequences.  

It turns out mothers who spank their toddlers are most likely to be spanking them 3 times a week. Spanked children are the school yard bullies. Teens who have been spanked are at much greater risk of using drugs/alcohol, coercing their partners into sex, having risky sex (no condoms), and engaging in sado-masochistic sex (for example, using spanking as form of sexual arousal).  

Worse, those spanked toddlers have lower IQs – up to 5 points! A study of 700 low birth weight preschoolers found those that had the harshest discipline (corporal punishment) had the lowest IQ scores. Interestingly enough, countries with the least amounts of corporal punishment have the highest IQ scores.  

You may believe that spanking is a necessary evil. You might be a parent who never spanked your child in anger, never used anything except your open hand on the buttocks and never left a mark that lasted more than 24 hours (the only kind of spanking that is legal in California). You might feel you can spank your kid properly and not contribute to their ACE score.  

But a number of parents will use America’s lack of a law banning corporal punishment/assault on children to commit horrific assaults on the weakest, most vulnerable members of our society. And a number of them will kill their children, perhaps accidentally, but it does not matter to the child who is dead.  

In Sweden, they had a pretty high child abuse death rate when they enacted a ban on spanking in 1979. Guess how many children died from child abuse and neglect in Sweden last year? Zero. Now guess how many died here in America? Four or five children died every single day of child abuse and neglect in the US in 2011. Those are shameful statistics.  

These statistics need to make even the most ardent advocates of spanking sit up and take notice. If the US made assault on its children (i.e. corporal punishment) illegal, we might save the lives of four or more children per day. And we would all live a lot longer, healthier lives. The decrease in money spent on health care later in life might be staggering and revolutionize the medical industry.

Even those who think that spanking is okay should be willing to consider giving it up in an effort to save the lives of children who will die from assault by parents wanting to “teach them a lesson they won’t soon forget”. The American Academy of Pediatrics says spanking is “the least effective way to discipline”.  

Hitting an adult is a crime called assault, and punishable by jail. Hitting animals is illegal. Why is hitting our children okay? The answer – it is not. Corporal punishment is an Adverse Childhood Event (ACE). ACEs lead to chronic disease and disability in adults. Our society cannot afford the medical costs that ACEs cause. The sooner we liberate ourselves from blind acceptance of “spare the rod, spoil the child”, the longer, more high quality, disease-free lives we will live. And the more healthy our society will become.
To see an 8 min. YouTube video of Dr. Vince Felitti talking about the ACE study, click here.    

To see a 1.5 hr YouTube video of Dr. Vince Felitti talking about the ACE study, click here.

IF YOU HAVE A REALLY HIGH ACE SCORE, please do not despair. There are no really large scale studies like this one which document the effectiveness of counseling interventions, but we know, based on smaller studies that they do help mitigate the effects of Adverse Childhood Events. For more information about your ACE score and resiliency factors, please see this link.

This article was originally published on June 02, 2013 at

reprinted with permission from the author

The views expressed in the Special Feature Articles do not necessarily reflect the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CAMFT or CAMFT. They should be understood as the personal opinions of the author. No information in this articles will be understood as official.  Other views and commentary are welcome and will be published as long as they are respectful and stick to the topic.


Letters to the Editor
Welcome to the Letters to the editor Section.  We want to hear what you want to say about SVC-CAMFT, CAMFT, current events and issues.  Please see below guidelines on submitting a letter.

 We Have No Letters to the Editor!  Let your voice be heard!  Write a letter to the editor!

 Letters to the Editor Guidelines
  • You must be a current SVC-CAMFT member.
  • You cannot be a SVC-CAMFT board member or employee.
  • It must be no more than 250 words.
  • You must send in your full name so I can verify that you are a member.
  • If you wish your name not to be published please indicate.
  • Any letter published without a name will be listed as Anonymous MFT or Anonymous pre-license or Anonymous Associate
  • All letters must be respectful and without inappropriate words or phrases including name calling.
  • Please send your letters to
  • If you do not get a response back within 2 days that it has been received please email back.
  • If there is a problem with the letter (language, misspellings, length or appropriateness) you will receive an email back with the reason for the rejection and a chance to fix the problem and send it back in. 


Psyched about Books and Movies
Welcome to "Psyched about Books and Movies!"  Each month we include a book or movie review by one of our readers.  Please see below guidelines on submitting a review.  Happy reading!

Title:  Evolving Health: Maximize Your Energy Using the Wisdom of Science and Divine Design

Author : Ruben Joseph Guzman, MPH

Copyright: 2011, Ruben Joseph Guzman, United States

Reviewer:  Martha “Marti” McClellan-Morehouse, LMFT

  I knew intellectually that I needed to take care of my physical, social, behavioral and spiritual well-being, as well as familial, financial, education and vocational issues. But I took so much for granted and trusted that I would have time to focus on some of that “stuff” later. Many hours with my therapist, increasing exercise and healthy eating, spiritual development, continuing education like what we offer at SVC-CAMFT and reading books like “Evolving Health” by Ruben J. Guzman, MPH changed my life, my perspective and how I approached client care.

Ruben J. Guzman, MPH, provides a blueprint for better health and greater energy based on the science and the art of “whole-self” care. The first few chapters focus on creating breakthroughs, establishing the context of sufficiency and a thriving consciousness. Later chapters challenge the reader to align thinking, feelings and behaviors with what some may refer to as “higher consciousness” and a thriving healthy lifestyle that continually evolves.


Book/Movie Review Submission Policy

All reviews are not to exceed 1000 key strokes.
Your review should include the title, a short synopsis about why you like or dislike it, and the author’s name & publication date. You can also include a picture of the book and/or movie. After review, we will publish your review in our next newsletter. Reviews submitted that are longer than 1000 characters will be returned for editing. It is best to type your review in a Microsoft Word document to note how many key strokes (characters with spaces), how big your review is, and for your own record keeping. You can then copy and paste it into the online submission form located here ( To learn more about checking your review for key strokes, spelling grammer and size click below: (

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Advertising and Announcements


We are looking for licensed therapists in private practice in the Sacramento Valley area to whom we can refer our graduates and their families.

Paradigm Malibu is a Residential Treatment Program for Adolescents struggling with Chemical Dependency, Mental Health and Behavioral Health Issues. We specialize in the provision of treatment for youth with co-occurring disorders. At Paradigm, we only treat 6 clients at a time and maintain the highest staff to client ratio in the nation. We provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments, psychological evaluations, family therapy, parenting classes, academic services, and an extensive array of expressive arts and experiential therapies, as well as free aftercare services.

If you are interested in a working relationship with us, please visit our web site at or call 855·780·TEEN. 


OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE:  Roseville-FT office suite available in newly remodeled professional psychotherapy office.  Easy access from I-80, 1 story, 2 sliding windows, surrounded by peaceful setting such as quiet, tree-lined paths, waiting room has calming music, water fountain & essential oils diffuser, soundproofed office, ADA compliant & security cameras.  Amenities include kitchen, utilities, alarm, parking, janitorial services, DSL & free office equipment access: fax, scanner and copies. Contact Kim @ 916-759-0375 or email @


Law Offices of Joseph C. George, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist (PSY 7480)
Attorney at Law (SBN 119231)
Free consultation.
Telephone: 916.641.7300


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