of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
                   serving the Coachella Valley since 2001.
Welcome to the Desert Chapter

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

Chapter Events


Upcoming events

    • Tue, April 17, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Blue Tiger Recovery

    The Desert CAMFT Chapter 


    "Cannabis Workshop”


    Dr. Chun C. Lai, MD, MHA



    April 17, 2018

    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    at the 

    Blue Tiger Recovery

    4375 E Calle De Ricardo, Ste. B, Palm Springs, CA 92264 

    This workshop is presented at no cost to

    Clinical Members, Clinical Associates, and Associate Marriage & Family Therapists and Trainees

    Refreshments will be available

    1.5 CEs available at the door for

    Course Description:

    Participants will learn the latest information on cannabis, synthetic marijuana, and routes of administration (oral and Inhalational). Participants will also learn Information on pharmaceutical cannabinols, state indications for cannabis, cannabis historical background, DSM-5 definition, substance abuse, parameters for treatment, limitations of studies, safety data, abuse disorder, side effects, infections, evidence on managing pain, and the new laws regarding cannabis in California. In addition, participants will learn the effect of marijuana children/adolescents, and how this affects school performance and behavior. The effects of cannabis on cognition, neuropsychiatric effects of cannabis, the link between marijuana and schizophrenia, bipolar incident, and the risk of psychosis.


    Learning Objectives/Goals:

    • 1.     Explain the latest laws regarding cannabis use
    • 2.     Describe past and present background
    • 3.     Describe side effects
    • 4.     Discuss the neuropsychiatric effects
    • 5.     Understand cannabinols, and clinical considerations

    Bio for Dr. Chun C. Lai, MD, MHA

    Dr. Lai has a Medical degree from the University of Rio de Janeiro, and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from California State University in Los Angeles. With initial training in adult psychiatry at the UCLA/ King Drew Medical Center from 1998 to 2001, Dr. Lai continued with a Post Graduate Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Southern California/Los Angeles County Medical Center from 2001 to June of 2003.  He then worked for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Hathaway-Sycamores Child, and Family Services, and Pacific Clinics. Upon moving to the Coachella Valley in 2006, Dr. Lai has been working for Riverside University Health System (formerly known as Riverside County Mental Health), and started working at Latino Commission in July of 2012. Dr. Lai is currently working at Latino Commission and Riverside County Mental Health. Dr. Lai is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.


     This course meets the qualifications for one-and-a-half (1.5) 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. 




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    • Fri, May 04, 2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • Shadow Ridge Country Club, 9003 Shadow Ridge Road, Palm Desert CA 92211
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    Desert CAMFT Spring Social Event


    May 4

    Networking from 5:30 to 6:00 PM
     Dinner at 6:00 PM

    Cost: $10.00

    Where: The Grill at Marriott's Shadow Ridge Restaurant
    9003 Shadow Ridge Road
    Palm Desert, 92211
    Look forward to seeing you there!
    Questions? Call: Carol Teitelbaum 760-346-4606

Past events

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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