Virtual Continuing Education Conference

  • Friday, May 20, 2022
  • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Via Zoom Video Conferencing
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  • [Non-member admission includes a complimentary introductory GAMHPA membership for 2022]

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Glendale Area Mental Health Professionals Association Presents

Virtual Continuing Education Conference

Friday, May 20, 2022, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


Emotionally Focused Therapy

Geriatric Care Management

Private Practice Development

Mediation & Collaborative Divorce


Four Topics Presented by a Panel of GAMHPA Members

Conference


Transform the Way You Work with Couples with Emotionally Focused Therapy

(1.0 CEU)

Silvina Irwin, Ph.D.


How Collaboration with an Aging Life Care™ Manager

Can Support Your Clients and Save Your Sanity (1.0 CEU)

Lorraine Cummings, L.C.S.W., C-ASWCM, & Brenda Shorkend, M.A., CMC


Sustaining Private Practice & Career Success

Through Community Connections Online and In-Person (CEU not available)

Lynne Azpeitia, L.M.F.T., AAMFT Approved Supervisor


Divorce Lawyers' Secrets for Therapists (1.0 CEU)

Mary Ann Aronsohn, L.M.F.T., Jami Fosgate, Christine Kerian, Ty Supancic, Attorneys


Schedule


     9:30-10:00 a.m.    Check-In & Networking

     10-11                    Emotionally Focused Therapy

     11-12                    Geriatric Care Management

     12-12:30               Lunch Break & Networking

     12:30-1:30            Private Practice Development

     1:30-2:30              Mediation & Collaborative Divorce

     2:30-3 p.m.           Closing Thoughts & Networking


Cost

GAMHPA Members FREE. Non-members $30 (includes free introductory 2022 membership.) Registrants who do not attend or fail to request a refund one week prior to the event will forfeit fees paid.

Location

Zoom video conferencing login will be provided upon registration and receipt of payment.

Registration

Pre-registration required online at www.GAMHPA.org.

Continuing Education Credit

In order to log attendance and receive BBS CEUs, attendees must download the free "Google Docs" app in advance of the event.  The app is available on Android, Apple/iPhone/MAC, or Windows PC.

This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals. You may attend any or all of the four presentations; CEUs will be credited based on attendance. Course meets the qualifications for 3.0 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEs can not be provided for our third presentation on business development. Continuing education credit is not currently available for psychologists. CE completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.

Thank you to Rachel Thomasian, L.M.F.T., and ShrinkSync, CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider #129308. CEs are being provided in partnership with ShrinkSync. ShrinkSync is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. ShrinkSync maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Please contact hello@shrinksync.com with any questions, grievances, or accommodation requests.

Further Information and Questions

GAMHPA Board Member Mary Ann Aronsohn, L.M.F.T., Continuing Education Chair

(626) 441-5131, m.aronsohn@protonmail.com

Our Presentations

Transform the Way You Work with Couples with Emotionally Focused Therapy

Silvina Irwin, Ph.D.

10-10:50 a.m.

1.0 CEU


Description

Working with couples can challenge even the most seasoned couples' therapist. EFT is an attachment-informed, systemic and experiential psychotherapy that offers therapists a framework and map to guide their work with even the most distressed couples. This workshop will offer a brief theoretical overview of EFT, as well as offer demonstrations of EFT interventions in action with real couples.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand Couple Distress from an Attachment-informed lens.

2. Explain the systemic element of EFT.

3. Name 2 Adult attachment strategies.

4. Name 2 common EFT Interventions.

How Collaboration with an Aging Life Care™ Manager Can Support Your

Clients and Save Your Sanity

Lorraine Cummings, L.C.S.W., C-ASWCM

Brenda Shorkend, M.A., CMC

11-11:50 a.m.

1.0 CEU


Description

Do you have clients in your practice who you ‘wish you could do more for' outside of your office, but are constrained by your role? An ALCM can advocate for them, get their medical care and home situation stabilized and allow you to focus on the work you do best. We will share examples of how ALCMs can help with a variety of clients. This presentation by two Certified Aging Life Care™ Managers will illustrate, via four vignettes, how mental health professionals can partner with us to provide holistic support to vulnerable clients. We will discuss clients with mental health issues, cognitive impairment and at end of life. In addition, we will illustrate how we can partner with clients "before the crisis" and help them to plan for their future, identifying "solo agers" who need to build a circle of support and clients who have children with special needs or mental health challenges who need to plan for the future.

Learning objectives

1. Define the role of an Aging Life Care™ Manager.

2. List three of the four ways to refer to an ALCM and collaborate with them through case vignettes.

3. Describe how mental health professionals can partner with ALCMs to provide better outcomes for their clients.

4. Describe how partnering with an ALCM can lower incidences of burnout or no shows in the mental health professional's business.

Sustaining Private Practice & Career Success Through Community Connections

Online and In-Person

Lynne Azpeitia, L.M.F.T., AAMFT Approved Supervisor

12:30-1:20 p.m.

CEU not available


Description

Whether you have, want, are building or growing your online counseling or in-person private practice, there's a lot to be discovered about what will ensure that your practice and career is successful as well as sustainable. In the past, handing out or mailing a stack of your business cards or flyers might have worked well enough to find clients, get a referral network going, find a part or full-time position, fill groups and workshops or start or keep a practice going and growing. However, today doing that might not be the only or best way to keep you and your services at the top of people's minds and insure your practice's ongoing viability. Find out what you can do today to add to what you already do to keep your practice robust and your services visible and known about in your community. Discover doable, authentic, cost-effective ways, in-person and online, that help you make, keep, and grow your local and community connections, and create and sustain a strong and ongoing referral base for your services—one that brings you clients, connections, colleagues, friends, referral sources, job and career opportunities, and much more.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand the best ways to keep private practice services at the top of people's minds and ensure a practice is successful as well as sustainable.

2. Identify what worked well enough in the past to find clients, get a referral network going, find a part or full-time position, fill groups and workshops or start or keep a practice going and growing.

3. Identify what you are doing now that keeps your practice robust and your services visible and known about in your community.

4. Identify additional up-to date, authentic, cost-effective ways, in-person and online, that make, keep, and grow your local and community connections, and will create and sustain a strong and ongoing referral base for your private practice services.

Divorce Lawyers' Secrets for Therapists

Mary Ann Aronsohn, L.M.F.T.

Jami Fosgate, Attorney at Law

Christine Kerian, Attorney at Law

Ty Supancic, Esq.

1:30-2:20 p.m.

1.0 CEU


Description

Four divorce professionals (therapist Mary Ann Aronsohn and attorneys Jami Fosgate, Christine

Kerian, and Ty Supancic) will share their thoughts and stories about how therapists can help their separating/divorcing clients. These particular lawyers are dedicated to peaceful processes, and will share what they want therapists to know in order to help families navigate through the storms of divorce and separation. Their goal is to minimize damage to their clients and their clients' families, and help preserve financial as well as emotional assets. The roles therapists can play (and pitfalls to avoid) with regard to divorce will be highlighted, as well as some secrets that divorce professionals want therapists to know.

Learning Objectives

1. List 2 or 3 choices families have about how to get a divorce.

2. Identify 3 or 4 roles therapists can fill with regard to divorce

3. Name 2 dangers to avoid when working with divorcing family members.

4. List and dispel 3 secrets, myths or misunderstandings their clients may have about the divorce process.

Our Speakers

Mary Ann Aronsohn, L.M.F.T.

Mary Ann Aronsohn is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1989 and a Divorce Coach within the Collaborative Model since 2001. In private practice in South Pasadena, she works with a wide range of family law matters with a special focus on Co-Parenting. She has taught her own private co-parenting course since 2001 and works with high-conflict divorce. However, her heart is in CDR, and she consequently participates energetically in local collaborative organizations. Mary Ann is a compassionate therapist and strong advocate for full-team collaborative work. She has trained with Collaborative Divorce Institute through Collaborative Divorce Education Institute as a "Train the Trainer" and "Shadow Trainer" professional and taught every year in the LACFLA and LACFLA/Loyola Collaborative Trainings. She has provided trainings to CPCal on the State level and to IACP on the international level, and won CPCal's prestigious "Eureka Award" in 2016, for "making significant contributions and demonstrating an abiding dedication to establishing and sustaining Collaborative Practice in California."

Lynne Azpeitia, L.M.F.T., AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Lynne Azpeitia is in private practice in Santa Monica where she works, online and in-person, with Couples, and Gifted, Talented, and Creative Adults. For 10+ years Lynne has helped therapists to live richer and happier lives through her private practice and career coaching, workshops, and practice consultation groups that train, support, and coach licensed and pre-licensed therapists to create and maintain a successful, thriving, clinical practice and a profitable career. Learn more about Lynne's in-person and online coaching and psychotherapy services, workshops, and monthly no-cost Online Networking & Practice Development Lunch at LAPracticeDevelopment.com and Gifted-Adults.com.

Lorraine E. Cummings, L.C.S.W., C-ASWCM

With more than 30 years of experience with older adults, Lorraine Cummings started Caring With Passion in 2002. She recognized that there were many older adults or younger persons with multiple impairments in Los Angeles County who needed a passionate, on-the-ground advocate to guide them (and their families) in navigating an often confusing and difficult range of experiences with care, compassion, and a deep understanding of how ‘the system' works. With her experience in overseeing mental health programs, in the public and private sectors and her years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Lorraine designed a service that is deeply meaningful for her clients and provides valuable oversight for those who need advocacy. She is also Certified as an Aging Life Care™ Manager, which designates the highest level of experience in the field of Care Management.

Jami Fosgate, Attorney at Law


Jami Fosgate is a California licensed Family Law attorney who chooses not to accept litigation cases and instead, for the past 12 years, has devoted her practice entirely to offering out-of-court divorce services. Jami has completed extensive training in consensual dispute resolution and uses mediation and the collaborative team approach to facilitate agreements for couples that enable them to create a solution that is tailored to their family situation. Jami's mediation and collaborative team peacemaking options allow people to save time, money, and stress, with the added benefit of retaining control over their case.

Silvina Irwin, Ph.D.


Dr. Silvina Irwin is a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, and a Certified Trainer and Supervisor in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Silvina was trained and is mentored by Dr. Sue Johnson, developer of EFT. In addition to offering basic and advanced training in EFT both in Spanish and in English nationally and internationally, she offers master classes on working with the complexities of trauma in EFT Couples therapy, and Integrating Sexuality and EFT. She is the co-founder of the EFT Resource Center housed in the San Gabriel Valley as well as the EFT Center of Los Angeles - a non-profit organization which provides EFT workshops and trainings to the professionals in the Greater L.A. area and beyond. In her psychotherapy practice, she specializes in working with survivors of trauma as well as addressing sex and sexuality in couples' therapy.

Christine Kerian, Attorney at Law


Christine L. Kerian is a California licensed family law attorney/mediator with over 22 years of experience exclusively in family law matters. Although Christine spent the earlier years of her career working in a family law firm representing clients, her private practice is currently dedicated exclusively to mediation and collaborative divorce where she provides cost-effective and non-litigation (no court) services and alternatives to divorce. Christine uses her legal skills, training and knowledge to guide and assist clients who wish to avoid court and maintain control over their own lives by resolving their conflict in a caring, private, respectful and cost-effective manner. Christine helps facilitate the communications and negotiations between couples to empower them to consider the needs of all family members as they reach mutually agreeable and creative agreements without needing to go to Court.

Brenda Shorkend, M.A., CMC


Brenda Shorkend of Shorkend Care Management is a Certified Aging Life Care Manager™/Geriatric Care Manager with over 25 years of experience working with older people and people with special needs and disabilities and their families. She has a background in Rehabilitation Psychology and is a member of the Aging Life Care Association. She has worked in a wide variety of hospital and community settings, including Huntington Hospital's Senior Care Network. Brenda has broad knowledge of local resources and services. Brenda is a strong advocate for her clients. She helps to tailor unique solutions for each individual that maximize their independence and autonomy while ensuring their safety and well-being. She emphasizes the importance of building a team or circle of care that includes family, friends and trusted advisors. She is the Chair of the Aging Life Care Associations's Standards Commitee, and of the San Gabriel Valley End of Life Care Coalition

Ty Supancic, Esq.


Working for more than a decade in entertainment before practicing law and having read the law like Jefferson and Lincoln rather than be indoctrinated by law school pedagogues, Ty Supancic brings a unique perspective to reorganizing families. His focus on interests and aspirations rather than opposing positions and old-fashioned adversarial "win-lose" approaches aids in the loving reorganization of families, which is better for children and grandchildren. As a Collaborative attorney and mediator, Ty is passionate about helping his clients accomplish their goals while maintaining their privacy and independence from a broken and overburdened court system. A frequent contributor to the Daily Journal, and popular speaker on Family Law issues, Ty practices in all areas of Family Law from prenuptials to post-judgment modifications.

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