PRESIDENT’S COLUMN May/June 2009 – Lara Windett

Two first-time SCV-CAMFT events recently occurred, the “Group Crisis Intervention Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)” workshop and the “Supervision, Consultation, and Mentoring” workshop, both of which were very well received. Bonnie Faber and Karen Sumi worked to create and coordinate the supervision workshop presented by Hugh Grubb. Mary Kay Bigelow, who managed last year’s “Essentials for Disaster Mental Health” training for our chapter, took the lead on coordinating the CISM event, and Claire Wright, the chapter’s previous Special Events Director, helped coordinate both events. We had an overwhelming response for the CISM workshop presented by Diane Myers. Given the response, we will make every effort to offer this workshop again as soon as possible.”The Brain Science and Treatment of Addiction in Teens and Adults” is our next big event and one that has been requested by chapter members and that I am looking forward to. Many of my experienced county colleagues will be presenting at this workshop. Having worked for the county and in private practice, I appreciate the difference in the two settings and the challenges that substance abusing clients can present to the private practice therapist. One of the speakers will address the unique challenges teens present, and the event will include a panel discussion consisting of an M.D. who specializes in treating addictions, licensed clinicians, and an RN. Please be sure to bring your questions for the panel.

The board wants to continue to offer luncheons and events that you want to attend. Please feel free to contact me any time with your feedback. We have previously surveyed members about this issue and will likely do so again soon.

We recently surveyed members about the role you would like CAMFT to take in ethical matters affecting the welfare of our clients — specifically regarding same-sex marriage. CAMFT does not normally take a position on issues like this while NASW and APA both have created statements supporting marriage equality. Several other local CAMFT chapters have decided to communicate with CAMFT regarding this issue and SCV-CAMFT would like member feedback about how to proceed. I’d like to thank Chandrama Anderson and Nanette Freedland for taking the lead on this project.

Terryann Sanders is in the process of looking for new board members to fill positions for the next term. Please contact terrysanderslmft@sbcglobal.net or lara@larawindett.com if you are interested in learning about our 2010 positions.

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