The Desert Chapter
California Association of Marriage Family Therapists 

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

Chapter Events


Upcoming events

    • Wed, October 05, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • zoom presentation

    Desert CAMFT
    Presents the
    CAMFT State of the Profession
    with Q&A


    Joy Alifia, CAE
    CAMFT Executive Director

    Wednesday, October 5, 2022

    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    1.5 CEUs

    Online Via Zoom


    Presentation Description

    Join CAMFT Executive Director, Joy Alafia, CAE, for an understanding about events, legislation, and internal association processes that are currently impacting CAMFT members.

    Designed for Mental Health Professionals, this presentation will discuss general CAMFT issues and the importance of a Professional Will. There will also be updates from BBS, as well as California and Federal legislative updates. Finally, discussion on why it is important to avail yourself of the Legal Consultation service CAMFT provides. There will be ample time for Q&A. 

    Measurable Objectives

    By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    1. Recall at least 3 recent/pending legislations and how marriage and family therapists may be impacted by the bills.
    2. Identify 1 resource for legal consultation for therapists.
    3. Identify important components of a Professional Will.

    Speaker Bio

    Joy Alafia, CAE, brings more than 17 years of association leadership experience to her new position. She begins her new role at CAMFT after her tenure as the President and CEO of the Western Propane Gas Association (WPGA), where she has advocated for renewable propane and equitable access for alternative sources of clean energy. Joy has spoken around the world about the importance of sustainable energy and is credited with transforming the propane industry’s focus and shifting its priorities to the commercialization of net zero-carbon energy solutions.


    $25 Desert-CAMFT Members
    $30 for Non-members
    $10 for Prelicensed

    Registration closes on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 8pm. A link to this Zoom presentation will be sent in a confirmation email. Reminder emails are sent to all registrants who register by October 4, 2022.

    • Fri, October 21, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • A Zoom Presentation


    the Community Conversation:
    How the Focus on Economic Growth
    and Prosperity (the “new” capitalism)
    Undermines Mental Health and Ways
    Therapists Can Advocate for Change

    Presented by

    Anna Zeira, PhD

    A Zoom Presentation

    Friday, October 21, 2022
    12:00 pm–1:00 pm

    1.0 CEU

    Presentation Description

    Earlier this year, Desert CAMFT presented on how private equity corporations, in the service of “new” capitalism, are helping to change the way therapist work and earn a living. In continuing this conversation we are now highlighting the impact of “new” capitalism on our clients. Rates of mental illness have increased dramatically over the past 15 years in the United States and life expectancy continues to decline due to increases in suicide, opioid overdose, and alcoholic. One contributor to these changes are due to new and growing ideologies in capitalism. The “new” capitalism promotes eliminating all restrictions on the market and decreasing government assistance programs. Results of these policies have led to income inequality, disempowerment of workers, outsourcing of manufacturing jobs, inadequate social services, mass incarceration and an expensive and ineffective healthcare system.

    Measurable Objectives

    1. Understand what “new” capitalism is and how it impacts mental health and therapists in the United States
    2. Understand how changes in government policy contribute to changes in mental health services
    3. Understand how the “new” capitalism changes mental health for the US population
    4. Discuss two significant ways that mental health providers can advocate for meaningful change

    Presenter Bio

    Anna Zeira, PhD, is a resident at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt School of Psychiatry. She is pursuing a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship and coordinates specialty care for first episode psychosis. She attended medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and was an AmeriCorps service member.

    Registration closes on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 8pm. A link to this Zoom presentation will be sent in a confirmation email. Reminder emails are sent to all registrants who register by October 20, 2022.


    $20 Desert-CAMFT Members
    $25 for Non-members
    $10 for Prelicensed

Past events

Fri, September 23, 2022 Incorporating Contemplative Energy Practices for Sexual Trauma Survivors Into Therapeutic Work
Fri, August 19, 2022 Fundamentals of Art Therapy and How it Can Help You Break Through Blocks in Treatment with Children
Fri, July 15, 2022 Emotional Sobriety as a Catalyst Toward Sustainable Sobriety
Mon, June 27, 2022 (Session Two) 2022 Law & Ethics Workshop
Mon, June 27, 2022 (Session One) 2022 Law & Ethics Workshop
Mon, June 27, 2022 (Sessions One & Two) 2022 Law & Ethics Workshop
Fri, May 20, 2022 What You Need to Do to Set Up and Manage a Private Practice
Wed, May 18, 2022 Navigating the Road to Licensure (Recorded Event)
Fri, May 13, 2022 Navigating the Road to Licensure
Fri, March 18, 2022 The Fire That Does Not Burn
Fri, February 18, 2022 The Future of Therapy — What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You
Fri, January 21, 2022 Shifting Bravely with Holli Kenley, LMFT
Sat, November 13, 2021 State of the Profession with CAMFT Executive Director, Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, CAE
Mon, October 25, 2021 Recorded Session: Law & Ethics
Fri, October 22, 2021 Law & Ethics
Fri, October 15, 2021 Grief: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Sat, October 02, 2021 Navigating the Road to Licensure for Pre-licensed
Fri, September 17, 2021 Mental Health Aspects of Diagnostic Immigration Evaluations
Wed, July 21, 2021 Recorded Session for: Millennials Are the Therapy Generation: Discussing Working with Millennials in Psychotherapy
Fri, July 16, 2021 Millennials Are the Therapy Generation: Discussing Working with Millennials in Psychotherapy
Fri, June 18, 2021 Stuck with Couples? Why Your Awesome Individual Therapy Skills Don't Work for Couple Clients
Sat, May 22, 2021 Recorded session: Working with Polyamory in Therapy: Your Most Pressing Questions Answered
Fri, May 21, 2021 Working with Polyamory in Therapy: Your Most Pressing Questions Answered
Fri, April 16, 2021 Grief: You, Me and All of Its Manifestations
Fri, March 19, 2021 Mediation: Helping People Break-Up Nicely
Fri, February 19, 2021 Working with Shame and Anger in Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents AND General Meeting and Networking
Fri, January 15, 2021 General Annual Meeting of the Desert Chapter
Fri, January 15, 2021 Using Action Methods (Psychodrama) In Groups
Sat, December 12, 2020 Law & Ethics Part 2: Progress Notes (recorded)
Sat, December 12, 2020 Law & Ethics Part 3: Treating Minors with their Consent (recorded)
Sat, December 12, 2020 Law & Ethics Part 4: Child Abuse Reporting (recorded)
Sat, December 12, 2020 Law & Ethics Part 1: Depositions (recorded)
Fri, December 11, 2020 Safe to Love Again: Couples Therapy and the Four Feelings of Attachment
Fri, November 20, 2020 Effective Somatic Practices for Virtual Therapy in the Age of COVID-19
Fri, November 13, 2020 Law & Ethics Workshop Part 4: Child Abuse Reporting
Fri, October 16, 2020 Use of Social Media for Business Growth - A Free Zoom Presentation
Fri, October 09, 2020 Law & Ethics Workshop Part 3: Treating Minors with their Consent
Fri, September 25, 2020 Law & Ethics Workshop Part 2: What are Progress Notes?
Fri, September 18, 2020 Introduction to Systematic Affair Recovery Theory (SART)
Fri, August 21, 2020 "EMDR Basics"
Fri, July 17, 2020 Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples with Wanda Garner
Fri, July 10, 2020 Law & Ethics 2020: Part One
Fri, May 15, 2020 Common Misconceptions About Self-Care and How to Optimize Self-Care
Fri, April 17, 2020 Challenges to Moving Your Clinical Practice Online.
Fri, March 20, 2020 Cancelled due to Corona-Virus: Effective Marketing and Social Media Marketing For Private Practice
Fri, February 21, 2020 Death with Dignity: Transforming End of Life Experiences
Fri, January 17, 2020 January Annual Meeting
Fri, December 20, 2019 Holiday Social
Fri, December 06, 2019 Law & Ethics Workshop with David Jensen
Fri, November 15, 2019 November Networking Meeting: It Happens to Boys with Carol Teitelbaum
Fri, October 18, 2019 Focusing: What It Is and Clinical Applications
Fri, June 07, 2019 Feeling Frazzled? [Open to Interns, Trainees and Supervisors]
Fri, May 17, 2019 Mirror Mirror on the Wall--Do You Have a Narcissist in Your Practice?
Fri, April 19, 2019 Discover the Four Financial Pitfalls Your Clients Need to Know
Fri, March 29, 2019 Your Attitude Determines Your Success! How to Rediscover Your BadAss Self!
Thu, March 07, 2019 Healing Addiction Workshop
Fri, February 08, 2019 Treatment Resistant Depression
Thu, December 20, 2018 Holiday Party 2018!
Fri, October 26, 2018 The Psychotherapist as a Creator of Outcomes
Fri, September 28, 2018 Fall Networking Social
Fri, September 28, 2018 Therapist Practice in a Box
Fri, September 14, 2018 Good Grief!!
Fri, August 17, 2018 Art Therapy With Children
Wed, May 23, 2018 Using Psychological Evaluation to Promote Growth and Maximize Potential: A Workshop Using Psychological Evaluation to Promote Growth and Maximize Potential: A Workshop
Fri, May 04, 2018 Spring Social Event
Tue, April 17, 2018 Cannabis Workshop
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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