The Therapist July/August 2016 

2016-2017 CAMFT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CAMFT is pleased to introduce the 2016-2017 Board of Directors.

TOOLS FOR TACKLING A NEW ERA IN MENTAL HEALTHCARE: A RECAP OF CAMFT'S 52nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE  
This article summarizes the key highlights, special events, and outcomes of the 2016 Annual Conference, as well as anticipates the exciting program you don’t want to miss next year.

CAMFT'S 2016 FALL SYMPOSIUM

Mark your calendars to attend CAMFT’s Fall Symposium on November 12, 2016, at the San Ramon Marriott. Be sure to register early as seating is limited!

CAMFT SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANT AVAILABLE
CAMFT’s Educational Foundation is offering three scholarships and one grant. Students pursuing a degree in marriage and family therapy, MFT interns, or MFTs conducting research/pursuing advanced education are eligible to apply.

NOMINATIONS FOR CAMFT HONORS AND AWARDS
Nominations are now being accepted by the Honors Committee for the Mary Riemersma Distinguished Clinical Member, Honorary Distinguished Member, Clark Vincent Award, and School and Agency Award.

CALL FOR BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS
The CAMFT Nominating Committee is looking for nominees to fill Board of Director vacancies for the term beginning June 1, 2017. The deadline for applications is October 28, 2016.

THERAPISTS AND DIPLOMATIC GATEKEEPERS: RESPONDING TO RECORDS REQUESTS FOR "RISK-ADJUSTMENT" AUDITS
This article discusses the topic of responding to requests for confidential information regarding patients in relation to “risk-adjustment audits” by insurance carriers. Insurance companies who provide coverage to individuals under the Affordable Care Act are required to obtain such information from providers. The broader topic of handling requests from insurance companies is also discussed, including the relevance of CAMFT ethical standards, HIPAA, and the California Civil Code.

HELP IS AVAILABLE FOR PROVIDERS AND PATIENTS EXPERIENCING INSURANCE ISSUES
This article will give providers the information they need to assist consumers as well as themselves with pursuing complaints against health plans.

KNOW YOUR LEBS LIKE YOU KNOW YOUR ABCs!
This article contains examples of some of the most frequently encountered legal and ethical issues that arise for MFT trainees, interns, and licensees.

Professional Exchange

Hypnotherapy and the Treatment of Developmental Trauma & Adaptation
This article discusses how hypnotherapy has evolved from being considered therapeutically irrelevant to a powerful clinical tool.

Narrative Therapy Approaches in the Treatment of Trauma
This article provides an intimate look into a therapeutic relationship which helped shape a patient's vision of a future filled with possibility, strength, and hope.

Pre-licensee Corner

How to Help Your Client Overcome the Challenges of Relocating to a New Country
This article discusses the specific emotions experienced by patients who move or relocate.