The Desert Chapter
California Association of Marriage Family Therapists 

"Promoting Excellence in Mental Health Care through Education and Community"                     

Chapter Events


Upcoming events

    • Sat, May 22, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (PDT)
    • Sat, July 31, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (PDT)
    Working with Polyamory in Therapy: Your Most

    Pressing Questions Answered
    Recording of

    Zoom Presentation
    Friday, May 21st, 2021
    12:00 to 1:00 PM Presentation

    1.0 CEU
    Cost: FREE for Desert CAMFT chapter members,  $30 for Non-Members

    Martha Kauppi, LMFT, AASECT-Certified Sex
    Therapist and Supervisor
    Presentation Description
    It is estimated that 4-5% of people are engaged in consensually
    non-monogamous (CNM) relationships, while 20% of people
    explore CNM at some point in their lives, yet there is still very
    little guidance for therapists seeking to work with this
    marginalized population. Gaining an understanding of
    polyamory, including what polyamorous relationships look like
    in real life, what contributes to workable polyamory, and how to
    help effectively with common challenges is part of becoming a
    culturally competent therapist in today’s diverse world.

    Measurable Objectives
    Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants
    will be able to:
    1. Debunk commonly held myths about consensual nonmonogamy

    2. Describe the role of differentiation of self in successful
    CNM relationships.
    3. Describe what a secure bond looks like in CNM
    4. List 3 common presenting problems in therapy with
    polyamorous clients.

    Presenter Bio
    Martha Kauppi, LMFT, AASECT- Certified Sex
    Therapist and Supervisor: Martha Kauppi, LMFT, is a
    marriage and family therapist, educator, author, speaker, and
    AASECT-certified sex therapist and supervisor. Her private
    practice in Madison, Wisconsin, specializes in complex
    relational therapy, sex issues, and alternative family
    structures. As the founding director of the Institute for
    Relational Intimacy, Martha offers unique educational
    offerings to help therapists all over the world become
    comfortable, confident, and competent working with sex
    issues. She is the author of the groundbreaking new book
    Polyamory: A Clinical Toolkit for Therapists (and Their Clients).

    • Fri, June 18, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom Presentation

    Desert - CAMFT
     June Event
    Stuck with Couples? Why Your Awesome Individual
    Therapy Skills Don’t Work for Couple Clients

    Zoom Presentation
    Friday, June 18th, 2021
    12:00 to 1:00 PM Presentation
    Cost: FREE for Desert CAMFT members, 1 CEU
    $30 for Non-Members

    Rebecca Williams, LMFT

    Presentation Description
    Do you do amazing, rewarding work with individual clients but find
    yourself stuck with couples? Have you been frustrated when a session
    with a couple “goes sideways” and you can’t figure out why? Don’t
    worry! You’re still a good therapist, you just need a little training.
    Couples therapy is its own specialty with a unique set of skills.
    In this workshop you will learn basic skills for couples therapy, why
    some of your amazing individual therapy skills don’t work for couples,
    and how to adapt some of those skills for work with couple clients. We
    will look at the impact of being clear about who is your client and who
    you serve when you are working with a couple. And we will discuss
    important traits for you to employ and/or develop in your work with
    couples which will increase your effectiveness and satisfaction in
    serving this challenging and rewarding population.

    Measurable Objectives
    Based on the learning in this course, participants will be able to
    1. List 3 core skills for couples therapy  
    2. Identify 2 therapy skills which need to be adapted for successful
    use in couples therapy  
    3. Describe 2 ways couples therapy sessions go wrong when
    therapists fail to identify the
    relationship as the client  
    4. Describe 2 character traits necessary for successful couples

    Presenter Bio
    Rebecca Williams, LMFT: is an experienced couples
    counselor and the owner/operator of Inland Empire Couples

Past events

Fri, May 21, 2021 Working with Polyamory in Therapy: Your Most Pressing Questions Answered
Fri, April 16, 2021 Grief: You, Me and All of Its Manifestations
Fri, March 19, 2021 Mediation: Helping People Break-Up Nicely
Fri, February 19, 2021 Working with Shame and Anger in Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents AND General Meeting and Networking
Fri, January 15, 2021 General Annual Meeting of the Desert Chapter
Fri, January 15, 2021 Using Action Methods (Psychodrama) In Groups
Sat, December 12, 2020 Law & Ethics Part 2: Progress Notes (recorded)
Sat, December 12, 2020 Law & Ethics Part 3: Treating Minors with their Consent (recorded)
Sat, December 12, 2020 Law & Ethics Part 4: Child Abuse Reporting (recorded)
Sat, December 12, 2020 Law & Ethics Part 1: Depositions (recorded)
Fri, December 11, 2020 Safe to Love Again: Couples Therapy and the Four Feelings of Attachment
Fri, November 20, 2020 Effective Somatic Practices for Virtual Therapy in the Age of COVID-19
Fri, November 13, 2020 Law & Ethics Workshop Part 4: Child Abuse Reporting
Fri, October 16, 2020 Use of Social Media for Business Growth - A Free Zoom Presentation
Fri, October 09, 2020 Law & Ethics Workshop Part 3: Treating Minors with their Consent
Fri, September 25, 2020 Law & Ethics Workshop Part 2: What are Progress Notes?
Fri, September 18, 2020 Introduction to Systematic Affair Recovery Theory (SART)
Fri, August 21, 2020 "EMDR Basics"
Fri, July 17, 2020 Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples with Wanda Garner
Fri, July 10, 2020 Law & Ethics 2020: Part One
Fri, May 15, 2020 Common Misconceptions About Self-Care and How to Optimize Self-Care
Fri, April 17, 2020 Challenges to Moving Your Clinical Practice Online.
Fri, March 20, 2020 Cancelled due to Corona-Virus: Effective Marketing and Social Media Marketing For Private Practice
Fri, February 21, 2020 Death with Dignity: Transforming End of Life Experiences
Fri, January 17, 2020 January Annual Meeting
Fri, December 20, 2019 Holiday Social
Fri, December 06, 2019 Law & Ethics Workshop with David Jensen
Fri, November 15, 2019 November Networking Meeting: It Happens to Boys with Carol Teitelbaum
Fri, October 18, 2019 Focusing: What It Is and Clinical Applications
Fri, June 07, 2019 Feeling Frazzled? [Open to Interns, Trainees and Supervisors]
Fri, May 17, 2019 Mirror Mirror on the Wall--Do You Have a Narcissist in Your Practice?
Fri, April 19, 2019 Discover the Four Financial Pitfalls Your Clients Need to Know
Fri, March 29, 2019 Your Attitude Determines Your Success! How to Rediscover Your BadAss Self!
Thu, March 07, 2019 Healing Addiction Workshop
Fri, February 08, 2019 Treatment Resistant Depression
Thu, December 20, 2018 Holiday Party 2018!
Fri, October 26, 2018 The Psychotherapist as a Creator of Outcomes
Fri, September 28, 2018 Fall Networking Social
Fri, September 28, 2018 Therapist Practice in a Box
Fri, September 14, 2018 Good Grief!!
Fri, August 17, 2018 Art Therapy With Children
Wed, May 23, 2018 Using Psychological Evaluation to Promote Growth and Maximize Potential: A Workshop Using Psychological Evaluation to Promote Growth and Maximize Potential: A Workshop
Fri, May 04, 2018 Spring Social Event
Tue, April 17, 2018 Cannabis Workshop
Fri, March 09, 2018 Road to Licensure 41550 Eclectic St. Palm Desert, CA 92260
Fri, February 23, 2018 "Dr. Marsha Linehan's Dialectical Behavior Therapy"
Fri, December 15, 2017 December 2017 Social
Fri, November 17, 2017 Bi-Polar Workshop
Fri, October 13, 2017 Power Down & Parent Up: Screen Dependence and Raising Tech-Healthy Children
Fri, July 07, 2017 July Networking Social
Fri, June 16, 2017 Law and Ethics with Michael Griffin from CAMFT
Fri, May 19, 2017 State of Recovery in Coachella Valley - A No Charge Event
Sat, February 25, 2017 An Introduction to Biofeedback
Fri, December 02, 2016 Holiday Networking Social
Sat, November 19, 2016 The 3000 Club Presents: The Road to Licensure
Fri, November 04, 2016 Sexual Health in the Coachella Valley
Fri, September 16, 2016 Engaging Clinicians in the Steps and Stages of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Sat, August 06, 2016 The 3000 Club Presents: The Basics of TF-CBT - The Who, What, and How of Trauma Focused Evidence-Based Treatment
Fri, July 22, 2016 July Networking Social
Fri, June 17, 2016 “The Psychotherapist as a Creator of Outcomes!” with David Jensen
Fri, April 22, 2016 Spring Networking Social
Fri, March 25, 2016 CANCELLED - The 3000 Club - March Potluck Social
Fri, March 18, 2016 WHY YOU BURN OUT: The Open Door Dinner Lecture Series
Sat, February 27, 2016 The 3000 Club - Winter Workshop - "The Therapist's Toolbox"
Fri, January 29, 2016 *** First Networking Social for 2016 ***
Fri, December 04, 2015 ICD-10 Workshop
Fri, October 09, 2015 Jirvana Workshop
Sat, October 03, 2015 **CANCELLED** - 3000 Club Workshop: Workplace Options Panel Discussion
Fri, September 18, 2015 3000 Club Networking and Social Potluck
Thu, September 10, 2015 Breaking the Link Between Trauma and Addiction through Advanced Mindfulness Techniques”
Fri, July 10, 2015 Summer Networking Social
Sat, June 20, 2015 "Road to Licensure"
Fri, April 17, 2015 DSM-5 Workshop with Garry Raley
Thu, March 19, 2015 Resilience and Compassion Fatigue
Fri, February 06, 2015 Therapy Business Breakthrough by Casey Truffo
Wed, January 14, 2015 Compassionate Attentiveness by Saleem Noorali, LCSW
Mon, December 08, 2014 Eating Disorders by Dr. Heather Gaedt
Wed, December 03, 2014 Desert CAMFT Holiday Social
Mon, November 10, 2014 DBT by Beth Freimuth
Thu, October 09, 2014 Terry Gatewood: Sexual Addiction 101
Fri, August 15, 2014 "Psychodrama and Experiential Therapy"
Fri, June 27, 2014 Law and Ethics: What the Law Expects from Me? Part IV
Tue, May 13, 2014 “Feelings? What are they and how do we deal with them” with Carol Teitelbaum, LMFT
Thu, May 01, 2014 CAMFT 50th Anniversary The Gold Standard: Integrating Mental Health and Community
Sat, March 29, 2014 “Off The Rollercoaster, Seven Steps to Help Gamblers and their Families Build Trust and Stability”
Wed, January 29, 2014 2014 Desert CAMFT Board Installation
Tue, January 28, 2014 Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Lung Cancer

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