CAMFT's 53rd Annual Conference


Networking Activities and Events
Welcome Reception for All
Thursday, May 4, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Exhibit Hall

CAMFT invites you to join fellow attendees in the exhibit hall as we kick off CAMFT’s 53rd Annual Conference. Enjoy complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and a drink while you meet, greet, and network with our exhibitors and sponsors. Enjoy the camaraderie as you take in the many resources available for mental health professionals.

Sponsored Lunches for All
Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5

CAMFT’s Grand and Gold sponsors will host two complimentary lunches from 12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., Thursday, May 4, and 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 5 in the Exhibit Hall. The menu will include a hot buffet lunch on Thursday with salad and dessert, and a sandwich buffet station on Friday with salad, chips, and dessert. Relax and network with our exhibitors and sponsors during this two-hour meal break.

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Educators Luncheon
Friday, May 5, 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Bayshore Room, 2nd floor
If you are a marriage and family therapist educator, you are cordially invited to a sit-down luncheon tailored just for you. A two-course lunch (entrée and dessert) will be served, sponsored by Northcentral University and facilitated by CAMFT Executive Director Jill Epstein . Share in an insightful discussion as the future for LMFTs is examined and concerns addressed. The luncheon is complimentary to educators. Non-educators must pay $50. Pre-registration is necessary. 

Brown Bag Roundtable Discussions
Saturday, May 6, 12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Location: Exhibit Hall
Connect with colleagues at the Brown Bag Roundtable Discussions! A cash concession will be set up in the exhibit hall for your lunch purchase convenience, and topics and moderators will be assigned to roundtables for discussion. Topics such as Insurance Issues, Legal and Ethical Issues, Software Needs, Setting Up a Private Practice, MFT Licensure, Volunteering for CAMFT, Join CAMFT, CAMFT Certified Supervisor Program, Chapter Involvement, and more will be offered up for discussion. This is a great way to lunch with colleagues, share information, and network!

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CAMFT's Inaugural PACs Fundraiser and Luncheon - Special Guest California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones. Here's a chance to ask your insurance questions and help CAMFT's political efforts!  
Saturday, May 6, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Location: Magnolia Ballroom, lobby level

Dave Jones

Please join Jill Epstein, CAMFT Executive Director and Board Members for a sit-down luncheon and PAC fundraiser. Join us at the luncheon to hear a presentation by Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner. The presentation will be followed by a Q + A session with CAMFT members. 

Special Guest Speaker, California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones 
was first elected Insurance Commissioner in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Jones leads the California Department of Insurance and regulates the California insurance market. Insurers collect $259 billion a year in premiums in California, making it the nation's largest insurance market.

Jones served in the California State Assembly from 2004 through 2010, where he chaired the Assembly Health Committee, the Assembly Judiciary Committee and the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Named "Consumer Champion" by the California Consumer Federation, Capitol Weekly named Jones California's "most effective legislator" other than the Assembly Speaker and the Senate President Pro Tempore. The American Psychiatric Association awarded Jones its prestigious Jacob K. Javits Public Service Award in 2015 for his work on mental health parity. In addition, Jones received the Phillip Burton Award for Courage from the Orange County Labor Federation on April 23, 2015.

 The fee to attend is $60 which includes a $10 donation to CAMFT's  PAC. The luncheon is for CAMFT members only and you must pre-register in advance.

Expressive Therapy Sessions

Dance Movement TherapyDance Movement Therapy
Friday, May 5 and Sunday, May 7, 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., 
Location: Magnolia Ballroom (lobby level) / 1 CE Hour Each
Instructor: Bonnie Bernstein, MEd, LMFT, BC-DMT
Through the unity of the body, mind and spirit, dance movement therapy (DMT) provides a sense of wholeness to all individuals by treating the whole person. Whether you use it in therapy or for your own self-care, DMT can provide the client or yourself with a deeper sense of self-awareness through a meditative process that involves movement, motion, and realization of one's body. If you currently use DMT we know you won’t want to miss these two early-morning classes, and if you want to learn more about DMT we know you won’t want to miss these two early-morning classes. Pre-registration is required.

A Playback Theatre PerformanceStories of Collaboration, Empowerment and Resiliency: A Playback Theatre Performance
Saturday, May 6, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Magnolia Ballroom, lobby level / 2 CE Hours
Presented by the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble and Armand Volkas, LMFT, RDT, BCT. 
Mr. Volkas is a psychotherapist and drama therapist in private practice, director of the living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Emeryville, California. Mr. Volkas is also associate professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies and Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University, Sofia University, Eastern Mennonite University and The Canadian School of Peacebuilding. In addition, he is director of Healing the Wounds of History project, where he works with groups of participants from two cultures with a common legacy of violent conflict and historical trauma and has developed innovative programs using drama and other expressive arts in working with generational and collective trauma and peace building.

The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble is a troupe of improvisational actors and musicians who “play back” personal stories shared by audience members in ways that both honor and illuminate the original experience. The ensemble produces performances, workshops and events for personal, professional and organizational growth. Created in 1986 under the direction of psychotherapist and drama therapist Armand Volkas, The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, in collaboration with The Healing the Wounds of History project, has received international recognition for its work in bringing together groups in conflict such as Germans and Jews; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese, Chinese and Koreans on their legacy of World War II, and Armenians and Turks, to name a few.

Bay Area-based Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, will invite conference attendees to share personal stories about their struggles and triumphs as allies and advocates for social justice for their clients and ways in which their empowerment and resilience have inspired and moved us. The Playback Theatre creates community and connection among people by revealing the dignity, drama and universality in their stories. The ensemble of actors and musicians will honor the work of therapists with their clients by bringing their shared narratives to life through spontaneous theatre. Participants are welcome to bring stories to tell or simply watch them unfold.

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iRest MeditationYoga & Meditation
iREST Meditation for Health, Resiliency and Awakening
Thursday, May 4, 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. 
Location: Bayshore Room / 1 CE Hour
Instructor: Richard C. Miller, PhD

iRest Yoga Nidra has been developed over the past 26 years by Richard Miller, PhD, a clinical psychologist, author, researcher and yogic scholar, and is uniquely suitable for a Western audience. Extensive research has shown that iRest effectively supports the healing process across a broad range of populations. Currently, there are iRest programs in military hospitals across the U.S., as well as in correctional facilities, hospices, clinics, schools, and organizations supporting personal growth and well-being. In June of 2010, iRest was endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Experience an iRest practice with Mr. Miller designed to help you navigate the changing conditions of daily life. Oftentimes we find ourselves facing stress from relationships, career, and social, economic, or political circumstances. iRest is a research-based meditation enabling you to discover and embody an inner resource of unchanging well-being. It is ever-present regardless of circumstances and supports us in responding harmoniously to each moment in daily life. Pre-registration is required.
Embodied Mindfulness

Embodied Mindfulness
6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., Saturday, May 6
Location: Magnolia Room, lobby level / 1 CE Hour
Instructor: Jamie McHugh, MA, RSMT

Dedicated Embodied Mindfulness is a contemporary somatic approach to traditional contemplative sitting practices. Dedicated to reconciling the split between conscious movement and stillness, Embodied Mindfulness explores the intersection of the mind and the body with breath, alignment, self-contact, and subtle movement as the foundational technologies for introspective practice.

Jamie’s work is best understood through personal experience. In a Somatic Expression session, you activate your body with the five technologies (breath, vocalization, contact, stillness and movement); sense and listen to your body’s feedback from that input, and cultivate an easy back and forth dialogue between top-down input and bottom-up response. Through self-observation and action, this person centered inquiry increases your bodily literacy so you can have a more satisfying and empowered relationship with your uniqueness. 
This intimate conversation with your inner nature restores balance between body and mind and between doing and being. The practice of Somatic Expression over time grows your body wisdom, increasing your comfort, ease, pleasure and grace in daily life. Now is your opportunity to experience Embodied Mindfulness. Pre-registration is required.  

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RaffleCAMFT’s Educational Foundation Raffle
CAMFT’s Educational Foundation provides scholarships and a grant for individuals pursuing advanced education and research related to the marriage and family therapy profession. To help raise funds to support this program, the Educational Foundation will be hosting raffle drawings at the Annual Membership Meeting. For a chance to win some fabulous prizes, be sure to purchase a ticket for $5 or your height in tickets for $20 at the conference registration desk or from one of the Board Members. A one-night stay with breakfast at the Dolce Hayes Mansion, a complimentary two-night stay for two including breakfast at the Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf, four Disneyland park-hopper tickets for one day along with a two-night stay at the Hilton Anaheim, and a complimentary full conference registration for CAMFT’s 54th Annual Conference are the prizes you can take home. The drawing will take place at the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, May 6. All proceeds from the raffle drawing will benefit the Educational Foundation scholarships and grant. You do not need to be present to win.

Exhibitor Card Game

Exhibitor Card Game and Drawings
One drawing daily Thursday to Saturday for a chance to win valuable gift cards, mental health products and services donated by exhibitors.

The premise of the game is for attendees to complete the game card with the answers to questions provided by the participating exhibitors. When complete, attendees drop their card in the drop box at the conference registration desk to enter into one of three drawings for prizes. The prize drawings will take place on Thursday, May 4, at the Welcome Reception; Friday, May 5, at the Afternoon Power Break; and Saturday, May 6, at the Afternoon Power Break. Prizes are valued at up to $150 in valuable gift cards or exhibitor products or services, and a grand prize, a complimentary full conference registration to CAMFT’s 54th Annual Conference, April 26-29, 2018. Attendees must be present to win the prizes. Only one completed game card per paid attendee will be accepted as a valid entry.

BookstoreBookstore Hours
Stock up on books and references at the Self-Esteem Bookstore
Bookstore Hours
12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 4
7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 5
7:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Saturday, May 6
7:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Sunday, May 7


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