Dear Members,

Last month, many immigrant families seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border were separated. As Marriage and Family Therapists, members are keenly aware of the complex trauma and risk of anxiety or attachment disorders that often result from sudden or unexpected separation of children from parents. For decades it has been widely held by the mental health field that traumatic parent-child separations often result in long-term negative behavioral, psychological, and cognitive sequelae. With many of the communities and organizations, CAMFT spoke out to stop the separation of families at the border.

The CAMFT Board of Directors took action to support a petition from Child’s World America objecting to the separation of parents and children at the border. Additionally, the Board endorsed California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s the Keep Families Together Act and issued a press release about the emotional trauma of separation. CAMFT sent a letter to Congress in support of Feinstein’s legislation which stated “As the federal government tackles the complicated issue of immigration reform, it must cease the “zero tolerance” policy of separating families; to allow the federal government to continue with this inhuman treatment is akin to federally instigated and condoned child abuse.”

While this issue is still playing out in the courts with a push toward unification, many are still in need of mental health services to address their traumatic experiences. CAMFT has partnered with Give an Hour to connect members with opportunities to volunteer with affected families. The partnership between CAMFT and Give an Hour will harness the skills and generosity of California LMFTs who are willing to volunteer with children and families in need of help and hope during their time of distress. LMFTs who are bilingual in Spanish or indigenous languages spoken in Central America are encouraged to reach out to Give an Hour to volunteer their services.

I am proud of our members and our commitment to families and mental health.

Nabil El-Ghroury, Ph.D., CAERegards,
Nabil El-Ghroury, Ph.D., CAE
Nabil El-Ghroury, Ph.D., CAE
Executive Director
nel-ghoroury@camft.org | Twitter: @drnabil

CAMFT's 2018 Fall Symposium
at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 19.5 CEs | Beginner
“AEDP for Couples Essential Skills Intensive: 3-Day Certificate Course” presented by AEDP Developer David Mars, Ph.D., LMFT and Senior Faculty Member Karen Pando-Mars, LMFT

Hear what people have to say about AEDPfC.

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 6 CEs | All Levels
“Legal & Ethical Issues in Supervision: Current Standards and Prospective Changes” presented by CAMFT Staff Attorneys Michael Griffin, J.D., LCSW, and Anastasia Johnson, J.D.

9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 3 CEs | All Levels
“Couples and Family Therapy: Using Gender, Power, and Social Justice Perspectives” presented by Manijeh Daneshpour, Ph.D., LMFT

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 3 CEs | All Levels
“Healing Shame: Understand and Transform” presented by Sheila Rubin, LMFT, RDT/BCT and Bret Lyon, Ph.D., SEP, BCC

To book a hotel reservation click here. If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact Nancy Milazzo at nmilazzo@camft.org or 858-429-7511.



"COMPREHENSIVE SUPERVISION I: The Anatomy of Supervision "
Presented by Ellen Kinoy, M.A., LMFT
Friday, October 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. (6 CE Credits)

Embassy Suites by Hilton Los Angeles International Airport South
1440 E. Imperial Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245


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Scholarships and Grant Application
The CAMFT Educational Foundation is offering three scholarships and one grant in 2019 to deserving candidates.  More Information

Honors and Awards Nominations
Each year, CAMFT is thrilled to recognize the fantastic accomplishments of our members. Nominations for the 2018 CAMFT Honors and Awards are open through January 4, 2019.  
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The Clinical Editorial Committee seeks original ideas on treatment strategies, research, therapeutic approaches, and viewpoints regarding mental health. The deadline for the September/October issue is August 1, 2018.  More Information