CAAMP Past Events

CAAMP offers quarterly educational programs, and an annual conference.
The Board meets on the first Friday of most months.

CAAMP offers quarterly educational programs, and an annual conference.
The Board meets on the first Friday of most months.


Bipolar Disorders: Diagnostic and Clinical Considerations

 

CAAMP PRESENTS Sara Vicendese in a presentation about:

Bipolar Disorders: Diagnostic and Clinical Considerations

Attendees will receive 1.5 CE’s for attending
CEPA Provider #137911

Sara VicendeseIn this presentation, Bipolar Disorders: Diagnostic and Clinical Considerations, attendees will be able to:
- Strengthen understanding of diagnostic criteria and common differential diagnoses
- Describe the subjective experience of individuals on the bipolar disorder spectrum, and learn how to identify appropriate clinical tools to utilize at varying stages of treatment
- Increase awareness of and identify local resources available to patients and families affected by bipolar disorders

Treating and assessing bipolar disorders can be an overwhelming task for any clinician.  Knowing local resources, having the tools to differentiate between “normal” mood swings, manic and depressive states, and developing a clear conceptualization of life with a bipolar disorder can help reduce the stress and ultimately help you provide increased quality care.  The goal of this presentation is to help you gain confidence in your ability to work with individuals with a bipolar diagnosis, and know how to locate support and consultation when needed.

Sara Vicendese, LMFT has a private practice in West Los Angeles. She works with adults, adolescents, children and couples. She is trained in both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy, specializing in the treatment of bipolar disorder, depression, adult and pediatric anxiety disorders (including obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobia, panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder) and interpersonal conflict.

Sara’s professional experience is diverse. At The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, she received supervised training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. At the UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program in Westwood, she was trained in the clinical assessment of mood disorders (specializing in bipolar disorders). Sara recently held the position of Lead Research Associate at UCLA's Child & Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP), which provides diagnostic evaluations, second opinion consultation and short-term treatments for youth with significant mood disorders and their families.

Sara also trained at the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Pediatric Intensive Outpatient Program, working with adolescents diagnosed with severe anxiety disorders. This clinic specializes in providing Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), a behavioral treatment approach that is clinically proven to be effective in treating severe anxiety disorders.

Sara completed a four-day intensive externship and continuing education workshops in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, and treats couples utilizing an attachment perspective in her private practice.

Sara is available to conduct training sessions for licensed and pre-licensed clinicians on the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and the intersection of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

For more information: www.saravicendese.com

Friday, September 21st, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

This meeting will be held in the community room at the
Sherman Oaks Galleria.
15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403


Juvenile Justice: The Role of the Community

 

Aisha OyarekhuaCAAMP PRESENTS Aisha Oyarekhua in a presentation about:

Juvenile Justice: The Role of the Community

Attendees will receive 1.5 CE’s for attending
CEPA Provider #137911

In this presentation, Juvenile Justice:
The Role of the Community, attendees will learn:
- To identify the steep costs and collateral consequences of juvenile incarceration
- About the impact of learning disabilities on juvenile delinquency
- Recognize the need to turn from punitive measures to investing in preventative programs that will keep juveniles out of the justice system.
- Understand the inefficacy of the juvenile justice system and the need for a new approach

This course will address an overview of the Los Angeles Juvenile Justice System and the failure of the system in America. Specifically, Aisha will discuss the need for a new approach to juvenile justice, the link between learning disabilities and youth delinquency, and the need to strengthen family and community-based justice.

Aisha Oyarekhua is a practicing attorney in Los Angeles, California.  She specializes in civil litigation and public interest law.  As a strong advocate for social justice, she spends a lot of her time volunteering with non-profit organizations representing the poor and disadvantaged in the community.  She has worked extensively in matters involving education rights, workers’ rights, tenants’ rights, and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.

Aisha earned her LL.B (J.D equivalent) from University of Benin Law School, Nigeria, in 2003.  She is admitted to the state bar of California and the Nigerian bar association.

Contact Aisha at:
Tel: (618) 412-6410
Email: Aisha45_2000@yahoo.com

Friday, June 22nd, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

This meeting will be held in the community room at the
Sherman Oaks Galleria.
15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403


 

The Basics of Understanding Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

Angela CaldwellCAAMP presents Angela Caldwell, Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC45163) and self-injury expert will be presenting the basics to understanding non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI).  Angela Caldwell founded the Self-Injury Institute (SII) in 2013, where she and her team specialize in treating self-injurers using an innovative approach designed by Angela. Angela developed this approach to better meet the needs of the self-injuring population, where typical models of treatment may fall short with inaccurate diagnosis and interventions.  Angela’s approach places significant emphasis on family systemic assessment and self-injurers are not viewed as the problem, rather as the only logical venting of a completely separate family problem. For those interested in specializing in self-harm or learning beyond this presentation, SII offers short seminars, group trainings, and a Systems Therapy for Self-injury certification program.

https://selfinjuryinstitute.com
info@selfinjury.com

Friday, March 23rd, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

In this presentation, The Basics of Understanding NSSI, attendees will learn to:
         - Distinguish between non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal gestures
         - Conceptualize self-injury as a disorder of relating
         - Explain why traditional treatments fail and why family systems therapy is a logical alternative
        
“I’ve been working with non-suicidal self-injury, or NSSI, for about 14 years.  Most of the people I help are cutters, burners, carvers, pickers, or other self-harmers who have no intent of actually killing themselves.  Their interest in this admittedly dark behavior is far from a death wish-it is, in fact, the opposite.  For most of them, it’s as simple as coping.  The self-harm actually makes them feel better during times of great distress.  For others, the scars left by various forms of self-injury are proud honor badges that memorialize a particular “war zone” that they were able to survive.  And for a few, their bodies are the only place left to vent burning emotion that can no longer be suppressed inside of them.” – Angela Caldwell, Suicidal versus Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (https://selfinjuryinstitute.com/suicidal-versus-non-suicidal-self-injury/)


 

4th ANNUAL ANGER MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

When:     OCTOBER 20, 2017
8:30AM-4:00PM

Location:   California Endowment Center - 1000 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Interested in learning about Anger Management?

  • Attend this one day conference with 5 guest speakers and a panel discussion
  • Learn creative techniques and state of the art anger management tools
  • Identify how to keep safe with angry clients
  • Learn anger management cutting edge treatments
  • Earn 6 CEU hours from BBS, (CEU’s are accepted by the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Monitoring Unit towards yearly continuing education requirements for Approved Batterer’s Intervention Program Providers).

This conference serves

  • Anger Management Providers
  • Therapists/Social Workers
  • Chaplains/Pastors
  • Probation Officers

 

Darren Kavinoky
Panel Mediator 
Criminal Lawyer/Tv Journalist
   Jim Schoengarth
Supervising Deputy Probation Officer 
 
Stephen Dansiger, Psyd, MFT
EMDRIA Trainer


8:30-9:00 am:        Registration.  Continental Breakfast and networking.
9:00-9:15 am:        Welcome by Anita Avedian – President, CAAMP
9:15-10:15 am:     The Courts and Anger Management Treatment Providers – Criminal Law
                              Panel Moderator:  Darren Kavinoky
                              Panelists:  SDPO Jim Schoengarth – Los Angeles County Department of Probation,
                              Shannon Munford, Juvenile probation, Melanie Baghdaian– Criminal Law Attorney
10:15-10:25 am:    Break
10:25-11:30 am:   The Courts and Anger Management Treatment Providers
                              Family Law Panelists: Judge Mark Juhas, SDPO;  Jim Schoengarth – Los Angeles
                              County Department of Probation; Shannon Munford, Juvenile probation;
                              Tigran Palyan, Esq. -  Family Law Attorney
11:30-11:40 am:   Short break
11:40-12:30:         Presenter I- Stephen Dansiger – The Use of EMDR and Mindfulness for Anger
12:30-1:30 pm      Lunch (included with registration)
1:30-2:15 pm        Presenter II Nora Baladerian – Anger Elimination with TFT
2:15-3:00 pm        Presenter III Lisa Gaeta from Impact personal safety
3:00 -3:10 pm       Break
3:10-3:45 pm        Presenter IV Dan Carroll – Origins of Anger
3:45-4:00pm         Wrap Up and Evaluations


 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for those with Borderline Personality Disorder

wendy douglasCAAMP presents Wendy Douglas, LCSW LCS24939, in a presentation about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills and working with those with borderline personality traits.  In DBT, clients are taught a number of skills that help reduce self-harming behaviors.  DBT skills allow clients to experience a better sense of emotional control and attain effective interpersonal relations.  DBT is a type of behavioral therapy that usually targets those with symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  Additionally, Dialectical Behavior Therapy can be very effective at treating those with depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, substance use and many other symptoms.

Borderline Personality Disorder is characterized by a pervasive pattern of instability in emotions, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects.  Those diagnosed with BPD have a high degree of relational instability, may engage in self-harming behaviors, and generally experience emotional suffering.

Wendy has extensive experience in outpatient settings, working with those with severe and chronic mental illness.  She has been trained at the advanced level in DBT and enjoys working with those diagnosed with borderline personality and emotion regulation disorders.  Wendy founded San Fernando Valley DBT (SFV DBT) in 2004 and currently oversees the programs offered there and facilitates open DBT Skills groups.  In addition to her degree in Clinical Social Work, Wendy also has a Master’s in Public Health.  Prior to starting her private practice, Wendy worked for L.A. County’s Health and Mental Health Departments for nearly 12 years.

Friday, October 6th, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

In this presentation, Anger Management in the Workplace and HR Involvement, attendees will learn:

  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills and teaching clients to ask for what they want or say no with the right amount of intensity
  • The top 3 emotion regulation skills
  • The difference between crisis skills and everyday distress tolerance
  • Basic mindfulness skills

For more information about SFV DBT:  https://sfvdbt.com

For more information about Wendy:   http://www.wendydouglaslcsw.com/Home_Page.html

 


 

Anger Management in the Workplace and HR Involvement

Peter GetoffCAAMP presents Peter Getoff, LCSW #LK01191, in a presentation about factors that influence involvement of HR departments and referrals of an employee to an anger management (AM) program. Additionally, Peter will include strategies for enhancing the probability of employee cooperation and compliance with the AM referral. Peter has been in private practice for over 30 years, where he guides, motivates and leads people who are “stuck”, assisting them to find courage and trust to discover the heart of the issue and the answers. He also works as an Organizational Consultant, helping business owners, executive directors, CEO’s and management teams dissolve roadblocks in solving team-building, program development, and mission clarification dilemmas.

 

In this presentation, Anger Management in the Workplace and HR Involvement, attendees will learn:

  • Four types of “angry” employee situations in the workplace and strategies for intervention
  • How to work with an HR department to provide services to employees
  • The role of the Employee Assistance Program in facilitation of provision of services to the “angry” employee referred for help

Peter’s wide range of experience, from working with middle-to-upper range management positions to providing direct clinical service to people of all ages, contributes to his expertise in workplace problem solving.

Friday, August 4, 2017 9:00 am – 11:00 am


 

Motivational Interviewing:
Theory, Technique, and Practice

Rita AvedissianCAAMP welcomes you to join us for a detailed presentation about Motivational Interviewing (MI) by Rita Avedissian, LMFT.  In this presentation, Ms. Avedissian aims to help you understand and conceptualize the goal, spirit, and implementation of MI. In addition to being a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Ms. Avedissian also holds an MS in Career Counseling and a BS in Business Management.  She has worked with diverse populations that included at-risk youth, trauma victims, and victims of domestic violence.  She also has evidence based training and certifications in Motivational Interviewing, Aggression Replacement Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy with Depressed Adolescents, Grief and Bereavement Therapy, and more.

Friday, June 2, 2017 9:00 am – 11:00 am

In this presentation, Motivational Interviewing: Theory, Technique, and Practice, attendees will learn and discuss:

  1.             Fundamentals and techniques of reflective listening
  2.             Core concepts, opening strategies, and process practices
  3.             History, application, and specific populations that could benefit from Motivational Interviewing

 

The Process and Power of Group Therapy

john peloianCAAMP presents John Peloian, PsyD (PSY27345) in an interactive presentation on the process and power of group therapy.

His presentation will include a 30-minute group demonstration with participation from volunteering attendees. 

Dr. Peloian’s clinical background consists of extensive work with individuals with early trauma and additional work with addiction recovery, emotional dysregulation, life adjustments, individuation, dissociation and psychosis. 

Over many years, Dr. Peloian has gained experience facilitating and participating in psycho-educational and process groups.

In this presentation, The Process and Power of Group Therapy,attendees will learn:

  1.                 Types of groups in society; why we are drawn to groups
  2.                 Benefits and challenges of group therapy, for both clients and therapists
  3.                 Stages of group development
  4.                

“We are born into groups. Our original group is our family where we adapt relational styles of interacting and intimacy. These manners of relating to others stay with us into adulthood. Unfortunately, many of these same adaptive behaviors learned through childhood interactions become outdated and keep us from growing into our truer selves, or maintaining deeper relationships. Group psychotherapy can be a place to explore our relational styles in real time with others who are motivated to grow.”

Friday, April 7th, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

This meeting will be held in the community room at the
Sherman Oaks Galleria.
15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

9:00-9:30 am - Registration and Networking
9:45-10:30 am - Presentation
10:30 am – 11:00 am – Annual Meeting and Elections

$10 for Members/$15 for Non-Members of CAAMP

 


 

Anger, Aggression and Rage

CAAMP PRESENTS Ingrid Caswell

Ingrid Caswell

Ingrid Caswell is the Treasurer of the California Association of Anger Management Providers and a Certified Anger Management Specialist. For clients, she facilitates weekly anger management groups and works one-on-one as an executive anger management coach. For counselor and therapist colleagues, she is a trainer in providing anger management services. For Ingrid, the most rewarding work of therapy has been guiding her clients through the process of releasing learned, destructive habits and developing healthy ones. Her philosophy is that a dysfunctional childhood robs us of plenty of years as an adult.

Friday, February 3rd, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

This meeting will be held in the community room at the Sherman Oaks Galleria.
15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

9:00-9:30 am - Registration and Networking
9:30-9:45 am - Introduction
9:45-11:00 am - Presentation
10:30 am – 11:00 am – Annual Meeting and Elections

$10 for Members/$15 for Non-Members of CAAMP

If you have already registered for Peter Getoff’s presentation and would still like to see him, please contact Daniel Carroll, Programs Chair, at dcarroll.csun@gmail.com.  We plan to have Peter present later this year.


 

Essentials in Predicting Behavior

CAAMP presents Faye Snyder, PsyD (aka Dr. Faye) in a presentation on predictive critical childhood experiences. She is a psychologist, MFT, forensic evaluator and author who has been teaching parenting for 30 years and developing evidence for predicting and understanding behavior.
Friday, December 9, 2016
9:00 AM -11:00 AM

Fay Snyder

In this presentation, Essentials in Predicting Behavior, attendees will learn:

  1.                 Predictive childhood causes of behavior
  2.                 What issues matter most that most professionals don’t consider
  3.                 What must be considered in evaluating a person for court
  4.                 What needs to be addressed in treatment
  5.                

“I will not consider any inborn behaviors, since there is no replicated evidence for inborn behaviors that rule out first experiences of life, but there is a great deal of evidence for childhood experiences forming personality and outlook. Further, all geneticists and pseudo-geneticists (epigeneticists) now admit that environment “triggers” predisposition, and lastly, any alleged genetic information does not instruct our decisions in the office, but only blinds us from seeing what is.”

Sherman Oaks

9:00-9:30 am -  Registration and Networking
9:30-10:30 am -  Presentation
10:30 am – 11:00 am – Annual Meeting and Elections


Friday, December 9, 2016

4910 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 301
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Here's a link to the Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/hoyhmjn

$20 for Members/$25 for Non-Members of CAAMP


 

2016 NAMA International Conference, Los Angeles

September 26 & 27, 2016
California Endowment Center
1000 North Alameda St, Los, Angeles, CA 90012


"Anger Management Treatment and Tools for All Ages"

Co-Sponsored by NAMA and CAAMP the California Chapter of NAMA

The 2016 NAMA International Conference will feature highly regarded speakers from the anger management and related professions, academic faculty, and researchers presenting on topics of state-of-the-art effective treatments, innovative techniques, and practical solutions for every age group (children, adolescents, and adults). A Panel discussion including Judges, Attorneys, and Probation officers will kick off the Conference. A meet, greet, and network social event at a Los Angeles restaurant is also scheduled.

http://www.namass.org/2016-nama-international-conference.html

Registration
Member rate: $299
Non-Member rate: $399
Day of Event: $450

 


Temperament & Kids

CAAMP presents Ani N. Shabazian, Ed.M., Ph.D. in a presentation on Temperament & Kids.
Friday, August 5, 2016
9:00 AM -11:00 AM



In this presentation 
Temperament & Kids,
Attendees will learn:

  • Introduction to the concept of temperament as inborn.
  • To deconstruct the concept of temperament, identifying specific traits that make-up temperament.
  • Learn to work positively with all temperament types.

I am focusing on kids temperament types of understanding and interacting with the different temperament styles of kids.

Friday, August 5, 2016

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
5121 Van Nuys Blvd at the
Valley Economic Development Center
 
(3d floor conference room, follow the signs).
Here's a link to the Google Map: http://bit.ly/1iSlwCo

9:00-9:30 am Registration and Networking
9:30-11:00 am Presentation


$20 for Members/$25 for Non-Members of CAAMP

  • We are currently in the process of updating our Education Provider Status/Number from the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California and cannot issue CE credits for this presentation.

UnHooking from People who Push your Buttons

CAAMP presents Marilyn Sergeant in a presentation on Hemispheric Integration™
Friday, May 6, 2016
9:00 AM -11:00 AM



In this presentation 
Unhooking from people who push your Buttons,
Attendees will learn:

  • A brief introduction to Cognitive Emotional Re-Alignment with Hemispheric Integration™.  Learn how to access your “The Other Mind’s Eye” and one of the processes that replaces knee-jerk reactive behaviors with proactive personal choice.
  • Identify the initial internal image, sound, and feeling that represents how a client is being “hooked” by another person’s behaviors or presence leading to unresourceful behaviors and aggression.
  • Discover the previously hidden cognitive information or perspective that the “other mind’s eye” of the brain has been holding about trigger person. 
  • Learn how holding the information co-consciously helps the client to breathe, remain calm, make healthy choices, and set appropriate boundaries.

I have learned the structure of how to communicate based on the science of how our brains process information.  For progress to be made, it is vital to recognize repetitive patterns of thinking or behaviors that keep us “stuck,” and then to be able to create and install new patterns that are self-sustaining and consistently lead to desired results. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
5121 Van Nuys Blvd at the
Valley Economic Development Center
 
(3d floor conference room, follow the signs).
Here's a link to the Google Map: http://bit.ly/1iSlwCo

9:00-9:30 am Registration and Networking
9:30-11:00 am Presentation


$20 for Members/$25 for Non-Members of CAAMP

  • We are currently in the process of updating our Education Provider Status/Number from the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California and cannot issue CE credits for this presentation.

For more information on Marilyn:
Speaker Profile: Marilyn Sargent is an international trainer and consultant in NLP and Hemispheric Therapy™.  She also has a private practice in Los Angeles, CA and she finds that one of her most effective tools for helping people get the changes they want in their lives is the Core Transformation process. 

Along with her husband Al Sargent, author of The Other Mind's Eye, they direct Success Design International, a training company designed to help people realize personal and professional success. She is known for her gentle strength and clear teaching style as she brings fun and the experience of nurturing and safety to her workshops.

 


Stress
Time Management
Anger

CAAMP PRESENTS
 Steve Sumpter

in a presentation on Stress, Time Management, Anger.

Steve Sumpter

Atttendees will learn:

  • The importance of incorporating skills to improve poor stress and leisure time management to these co-occurring factors contributing to anger problems.
  • Specific interventions that can be used to improve stress and leisure time management skills.
  • A research assessment tool for assisting the client and therapist to measure the effectiveness of anger management counseling.

FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
5121 Van Nuys Blvd at the Valley Economic Development Center
(3rd floor conference room, follow the signs).

Google Map: http://bit.ly/1iSlwCo

8:30-9:00 am Registration and Networking
9:00-10:30 am Program

Presentation $20 for Members/$25 for Non Members of CAAMP

Attending this presentation constitutes 1.5 hours and 1.5 CE units of education from the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California.

For more information on Steve:

Speaker Profile: Steven Sumpter, MS, CTRS, CAMS II. Steve is a California State Long Beach Graduate with a Master’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. During his 17 year employment as the Director of Rehabilitation for Capistrano by the Sea Hospital in Dana Point he developed the Life Skills Model for the hospital to help patients with depression, substance abuse and eating disorders to address the inherit anger underlying their addictions.  

He continued his Life Skills approach into his Clinical Program Manager responsibilities for patients at the Kaiser Mental Health Center in Los Angeles. Life skills groups included Anger, Stress and Leisure Time Management education to help patients develop new coping skills.


 

CAAMP PRESENTS Gordon Myers
in a presentation on Bullying...or else what?

gordon myers

In this presentation: Bullying...or else What? 

Attendees will learn:

  • How and why bullying is a problem. 
  • The wide effects of bullying. 
  • How we currently look at bullying and deal with it? 
  • How a new approach can change the bully's operating system.
  • What to look forward to from bullies in the future.

People who bully are acting out some type of anger or trauma. Despite emotional or psychological damage people can change given the right environment and support. By learning better ways to influence others and earn respect, fewer victims will need protection. With the courage to accept that it may not be their fault but it is their problem, leaders who pull rather than push are what we need most in our societies, and needless to say, no one gets hurt.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
5121 Van Nuys Blvd at the Valley Economic Development Center
(3rd floor conference room, follow the signs).

Google Map: http://bit.ly/1iSlwCo

8:30-9:00 am Registration and Networking
9:00-10:30 am Program

Presentation $20 for Members/$25 for Non Members of CAAMP

Attending this presentation constitutes 1.5 hours and 1.5 CE units of education from the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California.

For more information on Gordon:

As the CEO and founder of Strong Forever, the author of Street Smart Kids (Common Sense for the Real World) (http://www.amazon.com/Gordon-Myers/e/B0096SIOEQ)  and Built to Bully, (Turning Bullying Behavior into Leadership Skills), Gordon brings a wealth of experience to those who seek improvement in their own lives. He joined the Anger Management 818 Team in 2015 and is proud to be facilitating groups, court ordered, HR/EAP mandated as well as grateful volunteers.


 

Ethics and Anger
CAAMP PRESENTS Irv Zaroff in a presentation on Ethics & Anger

Irv Zaroff

In this mostly interactive discussion, Irv will talk about the how and why it's important to have a code of ethics and professional accountability when working in the anger management field.

Irv will discuss the process of members struggling with ethical direction, including exploring various real life case scenarios to help us with increasing our own ethical thinking processes.

Objectives:
• To acquire a basic understanding of the role of a Code of Professional Ethics.
• To explore the issue of accountability within an organizational structure.
• To consider approaches to ethical decision making.
• To explore various scenarios of potential ethics violations.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
5121 Van Nuys Blvd at the Valley Economic Development Center
(3rd floor conference room, follow the signs).

Google Map: http://bit.ly/1iSlwCo

8:30-9:00 am Registration and Networking
9:00-10:30 am Program

Presentation $20 for Members/$25 for Non Members of CAAMP

Attending this presentation constitutes 1.5 hours and 1.5 CE units of education from the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California.

For more information on Irv:

Irv was drafted to participate in both of state CAMFT’s standing committees (Nominating Committee and Ethics Committee) in 2008 and have served as the chairperson of the Ethics Committee since 2012.

Irv has been a member of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of CAMFT for more than 20 years, serving as President, Chair of the Bylaws Committee and founder of the Business and Finance Committee.  He acted as an agent of the association in obtaining corporate entity status and qualified the chapter as a California tax-exempt organization.  He drafted the original corporate bylaws for the chapter, as well.

Irv graduated from Phillips Graduate Institute in 1990 with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy.  I am dually licensed as an LMFT and California Attorney.  He has been in private practice as a therapist since 1993.  In 2004, he co-founded the Center for Cooperative Divorce and my primary focus for the last 10 years has been divorce mediation.

Zaroff & Zaroff
17337 Ventura Blvd., Suite 317, Encino, CA 91316
Encino Office: (818) 886-9410
Newhall Office: (661) 287-5996


 

Rena PollakDealing With a Difficult Client in a Group Setting.

Presenter: Rena Pollak, LMFT, CGP
Date: September 4, 2015
Time: 9 am - 10:30 am. 

 

 


Mark Frankle, LMFTGrief and Anger

Presenter: Mark Frankle, LMFT
Date: August 7, 2015
Time: 9 am - 10:30 am. 

Summary:
The arousal of sub-cortical Grief pathway can lead to expressions of rage in people, primarily men, with fearful (anxious/avoidant) attachment style.  This discussion explores some of the recent research and theories for the possible neurochemical connections of anger and grief.

Objectives:
1. Gain a basic overview of the anatomical theory of sub cortical Grief system
2. Gain an understanding of the primary neurochemicals that influence social bonding
3. Explore a theoretical concept of the possible relationship between the arousal of the Grief system and rage induced behaviors.


Working with trauma and the body

 

CAAMP PRESENTS Cristina Mardirossian
in a presentation on how trauma affects the body.

 
What you'll learn from attending our Presentation!

 

 

  • Cristina MardirossianLearn to define what trauma is and the impact on the body
  • Learn how to identify symptoms of trauma in the body
  • Learn how defense mechanisms can be seen through the body
  • Learn tools to help clients manage symptoms of hyper-arousal and hypo-arousal
  • Learn how to assist clients in processing their traumas through the body

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
5121 Van Nuys Blvd at the Valley Economic Development Center
(3rd floor conference room, follow the signs).

Google Map: http://bit.ly/1iSlwCo

8:30-9:00 am Registration and Networking
9:00-10:30 am Program

Presentation $20 for Members/$25 for Non Members of CAAMP

Attending this presentation constitutes 1.5 hours and 1.5 CE units of education from the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California.

For more information on Cristina: 

Cristina Mardirossian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Certified EMDR therapist in Pasadena, CA. Cristina has provided outpatient individual and group therapy throughout the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley areas. 

She works in private practice predominately with adult trauma survivors, particularly with sexual abuse survivors and dissociative disorders. She is trained in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model). Cristina also runs several groups for Sexual Abuse Survivors for both men and women.

http://www.pasadenatraumatherapy.com/
http://www.facebook.com/TraumaTherapy
http://pasadenatraumatherapy.wordpress.com/


THE NEUROSCIENCE OF ANGER

CAAMP PRESENTS DR. MARC MILSTEIN

marc milstein

In a presentation on the neuroscience of anger and how anger affects our brains & our overall health.

What you will learn from our presentation?

  • What is happening in the brain when an individual is angry and the insights this information provides.
  • The latest cutting edge research on understanding anger in the brain, the role of genetics in anger and anger treatments on the horizon. 
  • The hormones and chemicals involved in anger and how those health.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
5121 Van Nuys Blvd at the Valley Economic Development Center
(3rd floor conference room, follow the signs).

Google Map: http://bit.ly/1iSlwCo

8:30-9:00 am Registration and Networking
9:00-10:30 am Program

Presentation $20 for Members/$25 for Non Members of CAAMP

Attending this presentation constitutes 2 hours and 2 CE units of education from the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California

About the presenter: Whether Dr. Marc Milstein is educating physicians and therapists, speaking to a public thirsty for understanding the latest scientific breakthroughs or consulting for major corporations, Marc specializes in taking complex information and presenting it in an entertaining, educational and an easy to understand manner.
​For a full bio of Dr. Milstein, here is a link to his website: 

www.drmilsteineducation.com/about


THE IMPACT OF ARGUMENTS ON HEALTH AND RELATIONSHIPS

CAAMP PRESENTS ANITA AVEDIAN, LMFT

anita avedian, lmft

In a presentation describing what the research shows about arguing and its impact on health and relationships. Different theories on what’s at the core of most arguments will be reviewed. By understanding why people quarrel, one can implement effective communication strategies to help resolve certain conflicts.

What you will learn from our presentation?

1- The impact of arguments on our health and relationships

2- Understand why we quarrel

3- Strategies for effective communication

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
5121 Van Nuys Blvd at the Valley Economic Development Center
(3rd floor conference room, follow the signs).

Google Map: http://bit.ly/1iSlwCo

8:30-9:00 am Registration and Networking
9:00-10:30 am Program

Presentation $20 for Members/$25 for Non Members of CAAMP

Attending this presentation constitutes 2 hours and 1.5 CE units of education from the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California

About the presenter: Anita Avedian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in a private practice setting. She graduated with her M.S. in Educational Psychology, along with certifications in Employee Assistance Program and Human Resources from California State University of Northridge. Anita practices marriage and family therapy in four different locations: Glendale, Beverly Hills, Sherman Oaks, and Tarzana. Her specialties include working with relationships, depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, stress, and anger. Anita is the Director of Anger Management 818, helping both self-referred and court-ordered individuals seek help with their aggression. She authored her book: Anger Management Essentials, and is a NAMA authorized trainer to certify counselors to becoming Anger Management Specialists. Anita Avedian is very involved in the professional community. She serves as the President of the California Association of Anger Management Providers, the Vice-President of Toastmasters for Mental Health Professionals, Board Member for the Armenian American Mental Health Association, and the Past President of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of Employee Assistance Professional Association.


ANGER, AGGRESSION, AND RAGE...WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
CAAMP PRESENTS INGRID CASWELL, MFT Intern

ingrid caswell, mft In a presentation distinguishing the differences between Anger, Aggression, and Rage. What you'll learn from our Presentation!

• The differences between anger, aggression, and rage.
• The roots and triggers for all three.
• Action steps to help navigate and possible treatments to these experiences.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd, 2014 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
5121 Van Nuys Blvd at the Valley Economic Development Center
(3rd floor conference room, follow the signs).

Google Map: http://bit.ly/1iSlwCo

8:30-9:00 am Registration and Networking
9:00-10:30 am Program

Presentation $20 for Members/$25 for Non Members of CAAMP

Attending this presentation constitutes 2 hours and 1.5 CE units of education from the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California

Ingrid Caswell, MFT Intern number: MFTI 73868 Supervised by Anita Avedian: MFC38403

 


May 2, 2014 at VEDC 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., 3rd Floor, Sherman Oaks, CA
(8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Networking and Registration. 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Program)

Course Title: Tools to Reduce the Anxiety and Stress that Lead to Anger

Learning Objectives:

  1. 1) Learn tools to reduce stress and anxiety.
  2. 2) Learn how one’s imagination sets of a chemical reaction in the brain and body that triggers anxiety
         and anger.
  3. 3) Learn three different types of relaxation exercises and how to use them with patients.
  4. 4) Learn how to practice anger control by seeking out triggers.

Bio: Ken Goodman, LCSW, has a private psychotherapy practice in the San Fernando Valley and is the Founding Director of Quiet Mind Productions, a company dedicated to the creation of high quality and effective self-help audio programs including hypnosis sessions, relaxation exercises and The Anxiety Solution Series, a comprehensive 9 disc self-help course that teaches people how to conquer their anxiety disorder.  Stress Free: Guided Exercises, Meditations and More is a relaxation CD that has sold internationally.  Mr. Goodman has a also produced an 8 unit CE audio download for therapists, entitled, Solving the Anxiety Puzzle: How to Successfully Treat Patients with Anxiety.  He has shared his expertise in anxiety at various universities, hospitals, mental health agencies and community groups.   He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from UCLA and was trained in clinical hypnosis from the UCLA Department of Psychiatry.  Learn more at his website www.QuietMindSolutions.com