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    • Fri, February 23, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • A Zoom Presentation
    Registration is closed


    Desert–CAMFT

    presents:

    Ketamine Therapy as a Catalyst for Healing and Transformation

    Presented By:
    Ray Rivas, MD

    Friday, February 23, 2024
    10:00 am – 11:30 am

    1.5 CE Credits

    Online Via Zoom

    Our Presentation

    Discover the transformative potential of ketamine therapy. This 1.5-hour presentation will give you a foundational understanding of how ketamine therapy is helping change how we think about mental health. Designed specifically for licensed therapists, our presentation offers a nuanced exploration of ketamine's journey from an anesthetic to a therapeutic catalyst, providing practical knowledge on its mechanisms, applications, and integration into therapeutic practices. Join us to learn about ketamine’s healing properties to identify ideal candidates for treatment. We’ll focus on how therapists can use this powerful medicine to improve their patient’s outcomes. We’ll also address crucial aspects such as risks, safety measures, ethical considerations, and cost implications for both therapists and patients. By dispelling common misconceptions and setting realistic expectations, we aim to equip therapists with the knowledge and confidence to consider ketamine therapy as a valuable tool in their practice. Whether you're new to the concept or seeking to deepen your understanding, this presentation is a good opportunity to stay at the forefront of behavioral health.

    Educational Goals

    This presentation is designed to help curious and ambitious therapists start working with ketamine therapy to improve their patient outcomes.

    Objectives

    1. State one reason why researchers believe ketamine may make psychotherapy more effective.
    2. Name the two most popular routes of administration for off-label ketamine therapy.
    3. Describe the three phases of injectable ketamine therapy.
    4. Name four common misconceptions about ketamine or ketamine therapy.
    5. Identify three ways in which therapists can learn more about ketamine therapy.


    About Our Presenter

    Ray Rivas, MD, is a board-certified, acute care and trauma surgeon with over 12 years’ experience administering ketamine. Before founding Innerbloom in 2022, Dr Rivas worked on the frontlines of emergency and trauma medicine in Santa Maria, CA, and Austin, TX.

    Closing date for registration is February 21, 2024 at 10pm.

    $20 Desert-CAMFT Members
    $30 for Non-members
    $10 for Desert-CAMFT Prelicensed Members

    Closing date for registration is February 21, 2024 at 10pm.

    • Fri, April 26, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • A Zoom Presentation
    Register

    Desert–CAMFT

    presents:

    Understanding Gender
    Affirming Care:
    Across the Spectrum and Beyond

    Presented By:
    Gretchen Cooper, LMFT

    Friday, April 26, 2024
    9:30 am – 11:30 am

    2 CE Credits

    Online Via Zoom

    Our Presentation

    The workshop will be an introductory course on gender-affirming care. There will be an introduction and positionality statement followed by a ten minute activity about challenging one's own unconscious biases when serving the LGBTQ+ community. Clinicians will learn how providers can initiate this life-saving care with their own clients through specific examples of language usage and education. Participants will gain an understanding of the do’s and don’ts regarding transgender/non-binary etiquette and terminology. Therapists will learn at least twenty different pronouns and how to use them appropriately when talking with our clients. Clinicians will learn how to change their own binary language in order to be more inclusive Therapists can engage in at least two breakout rooms/groups for smaller discussions with question prompts. These groups will assist them in uncovering their own unconscious biases to be more effective as clinicians. Therapists will gain insight on how to talk with their clients about their bodies and what specifically are safe questions to ask.

    This workshop will teach best clinical practices with clients and cite specific interventions to provide quality care. Finally the training will review specific interventions that are most effective within this community. The training will end with legal and ethical considerations, such as tips on navigating the referral process for medical support
    .

    Educational Goals

    Participants will learn the basics of the gender binary and transgender etiquette do’s and don’ts in the treatment room. Clinicians will gain insight into their own implicit biases and learn how to communicate effectively with correct terminology and how to speak in a way that does not adhere to the typical binary school of thinking. Finally, participants will be able to utilize specific interventions that have been known to be effective when working within the LGBTQ+ community.

    Objectives

    1. Identify three legal and ethical considerations regarding referrals for gender affirming care.
    2. Understanding the concept of the gender-binary and evolution of the gender spectrum and be able to list at least three gender inclusive terms.
    3. Navigate transgender etiquette and understand pronoun usage with five specific examples.
    4. Apply at least three gender affirming interventions in their own practice.


      About Our Presenter

      Gretchen Anne Cooper graduated with her BA in Philosophy from the University of La Verne and received her MA in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute (PGI) in Los Angeles. She is currently in private practice in California and adjunct faculty at PGI. She worked in community mental health for several years before transitioning to her private practice in 2021, full time. During her time in the county, Gretchen acquired a passion for serving individuals from a multitude of backgrounds. It was there that she developed a passion for working with LGBTQIA+ youth. Gretchen specializes in working with adults, LGBTQ+, adolescents, the unhoused and children. Gretchen is published in CAMFT’S The Therapist magazine on Gender Affirming Care in their November/December 2022 issue. She also published an article about supporting LGBTQ+ adolescents in Family Therapy Magazine in July 2023. She is a published poet in SAGE magazine and published her thesis on Animal Assisted therapy with Children on the Autism Spectrum. Gretchen enjoys surfing and spending time outdoors and performing hula with her halau. Her sister is transgender and Gretchen, herself, is also a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Gretchen is currently on track to becoming an AAMFT supervisor.

      Closing date for registration is April 24, 2024 at 10pm.

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