of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
                   serving the Coachella Valley since 2001.
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Chapter Events


Upcoming events

    • Fri, November 17, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Betty Ford Center

    The Desert CAMFT Chapter and Hazelden/Betty Ford 

    invites you to… 

    A Workshop on Bi-Polar
    Diagnosis and Treatment

    presented by 

    Gregory McFadden, MD

    Kawika Liu, MD

    Rebecca Ott, DNP, RN, APRN-BC

    3 CE's

    Friday, November 17, 2017   
    8:30 am – 11:30 pm

    Refreshments will be provided

    Pre-Register at


    Desert CAMFT (and other Chapter) Licensed Members

    $ 35.00 (USD) 

    Pre-Licensed Members

    $ 25.00 (USD)

    Non-Members and Guests

    $ 50.00 (USD)

    Payment must be made prior to November 14 or "At the Door" prices will apply


    At the Door

    Desert CAMFT Licensed Members

    Desert CAMFT Pre-licensed Members

    Non-Members and Guests



    Hazelden Betty Ford Center

    39000 Bob Hope Dr.

    Rancho Mirage, CA  92270

    Riley Auditorium - Firestone entrance

    Course Description:

    Individuals with Bipolar disorders often bring to therapy complicated problems involving the need for medical and psychiatric services as well as psychotherapy and family counseling. The panel will provide a brief presentation on the topics of diagnosing and treating Bipolar disorders and issues related to medication management, complications related to duel diagnosis of bipolar disorder and substance use disorders and coordination of care. Audience will be able to pose questions to the panel.

    Learning Objectives;

    1. Develop greater knowledge related to the use of current medications for the treatment of bipolar disorders as well as their potential side effects  

     2. Increase awareness of differential diagnostic and treatment issues

    3. Increase awareness of effective case coordination techniques


    1. Gain understanding of factors related to diagnosis and differential diagnoses

    2. Identify treatment considerations

    3. Increase understanding of current pharmaceutical               treatments, awareness of uses and side effects

    4. Increase awareness of ways to optimize and coordinate     care


    Dr. Ott

    Rebecca Ott, DNP, RN, APRN-BC is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has worked with patients ages 10-101. She received her Masters of Science-Nursing in 2005 and completed the Doctoral of Nursing Practice in 2015 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Areas of practice have included outpatient, inpatient and psychiatric emergency medicine in California for a county contracted 5150 evaluation crisis unit. Her areas of specialty have included working with child-adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry in a Geriatric Outreach program in Nebraska, she concentrated on addiction psychiatry in Nebraska while serving as a director for the Crisis Stabilization Unit contracted by Region III, performing detoxification and stabilization before transferring patients to next level of care. Rebecca moved to the Coachella Valley with her husband in March 2013  to be Administrator for Oasis Crisis Stabilization and Psychiatric Health Facility before joining Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation at Rancho Mirage in October 2014.

    Dr. McFadden 
    Psychiatrist treating bipolar disorders and substance disordered patients at Hazelden Betty Ford Center

    Gregory McFadden, MD, PhD, completed his medical degree and a PhD in Physiology at the University of Hawaii, School of Medicine. Dr. McFadden completed his Residency and Chief Residency in Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital and also completed a Research Fellowship in Psychopharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Board certified in Psychiatry, he has conducted over 80 FDA-sponsored clinical trials on new medications under study for mood and anxiety disorders at the Feighner Research Institute in San Diego and has lectured widely on their use. He previously maintained a private practice at the Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla, specializing in the treatment of substance use disorders co-occurring with mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. McFadden has been named as a Distinguished Life Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association for his work in clinical research and co-occurring disorders. CA license #G60437.

    Dr. Lui
    Associate Medical Director Desert Oasis Health Care

    Kawika Liu, MD, PhD, JD is an internist/pediatrician, currently associate medical director for utilization management at DOHC.  Previously, he has been a medical director and provider at a rural health center, tribal health center, and FHQCs.  He is Clinical Faculty at the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Native Hawaiian Health, John A Burns School of Medicine. Kawika received his MD from St George’s University School of Medicine, his PhD and JD from University of Hawai’i, Manoa. Dr Liu has published in lung cancer and other health inequities in Native Hawaiians.  His interests are population health, human rights-based approaches to health, particularly indigenous health, causation in public health, cancer obesity, and asthma.  He is the proud father of two daughters, Tanoelani, 13 and Kealalani, 8.


    Carol Teitelbaum


    This course meets the qualifications for three (3) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Completion certificates will be awarded for full attendance of the event. 
    Course evaluations are required to obtain the completion certificate.

    The Desert Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (Provider #62275) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs.  The Desert Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for the course and its content.

    [This venue is ADA acceptable.  
    If you have any special needs, please call 760-346-4606
     at least 7 days prior to the event.]

    The Desert Chapter’s Refund, Grievance and ADA Policies are described under Events on the Chapter website at www.desert-camft.org. 


Past events

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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