Upcoming  AFTNC  Events

Play With Me: Filial Therapy-Integrating Family and Play Therapy

With: Karen Pernet, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

This workshop will introduce professionals who work with children and families to Filial Family Therapy. Filial is a well researched and highly effective psycho-educational, skills training model that integrates the magic of non-directive play therapy and direct parent involvement in the change process. The therapist trains the parent to become the healer of their own child in a process which enhances the parent/caregiver and child relationship. The focus is on the present-emphasizing appropriate skills for positive parent/child relationships. 

Karen Pernet, LCSW, RPT-S, has been practicing for over 25 years and provides psychotherapy, family play therapy and sand tray therapy to people of all ages. She provides trainings in play therapy, Filial Family Therapy and sandtray therapy as well as clinical consultation and supervision

Where: Argosy University Room 110/112, 1005 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda
When: Friday January 29th, 2016    7:00-9:00pm
Cost: Free or $15 for 2 CE's
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Treating Families and Children with Pre & Perinatal Trauma Using Somatic Experiencing 

With: Ariel Giaretto , MS, LMFT

The roots of the work I do, Somatic Experiencing (SE) are about the physiological response to threat and trauma. Our treatment approach recognizes that many of the symptoms of PTSD and other mental and physical “disorders” are really different manifestation of nervous system (NS) dysregulation. And if the trauma goes unprocessed at the sensorimotor level, it continues to activate the amygdala and other brain centers. SE sees behaviors and chronic symptoms as a person caught in a “incomplete” or a patterned reaction to a “sense” of threat—the body continually attempting to escape or respond to danger, even long after the danger has passed.

Most of us also recognize that early attachment wounds are at the core of NS dysregulation and a plethora of other issues. When someone lacks the foundation of relational safety and nervous system stability, the reactions to trauma can be much more severe and longer lasting. But what is frequently overlooked is the impact of the months prior to birth. 
This talk will give a very quick overview of prenatal influences on later NS development and attachment, and will cover some basic strategies of working with families and children, both in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Ariel Giaretto, MS, LMFT is a body-oriented psychotherapist and trauma specialist, with special attention on prenatal, developmental and attachment wounding. Trained in a wide variety of somatic practices, her work is primarily informed by Somatic Experiencing (SE). She is a full-time member of Peter Levine’s international teaching faculty where she trains and mentors professionals worldwide. She develops curriculum and specialty classes for his SE Trauma Institute. In 2005, motivated by the tsunami in Asia, she and 3 other colleagues developed a short-term trauma relief and first aid program for natural disaster survivors. It has since been successfully used in various forms in Thailand, New Orleans, China, Haiti and other countries hit by large scale disasters. She has presented numerous seminars at various medical schools, as well as Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital to the trauma center, focusing on secondary traumatization as well as patient trauma prevention.
For 11 years she was on staff at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, as a workshop and group leader, a therapist for the staff, and an active member of the bodywork and massage crew. Trained as a First Responder, Ms Giarretto was a volunteer firefighter, and part of the emergency medical response team in the Ventana Wilderness. 
She has special training with Ray Castellino in prenatal and birth therapy, and has been a homebirth advocate, a "doula" and childbirth educator. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area where she maintains a private practice and supports SE students in integrating the SE skills into their practices. 

Where: Argosy University Room 110/112, 1005 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda
When: Friday September 26th, 2014 6-930pm
Cost: Free or $15 for 2 CE's
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April 18th, 2014  - Working with Men and Boys: Discussing a Framework of Winning and Losing

With: Roger Lake, MFT; Sharif Okasha, Psy.D.; Loong Kwok, Psy.D.

Overview of Presentation This presentation will focus on exploring the intersection between vulnerability and competition in the lives of men and boys.  More specifically, there will be an exploration and discussion surrounding experiences of winning and losing, and how this frames many of the central relational issues that men and boys face in negotiating the cultural context described as masculinity.  A major focus will be on considering the clinical implications for work with men in same-sex and cross-sex therapeutic relationships.  Each presenter will focus on the needs and vulnerabilities within varying developmental stages, and will be sharing clinical material in order to highlight the discussion. 

Background on Presenters:The presenters are a group of multi-disciplinary clinicians who came together with a shared interest in furthering their discussions around working with men and boys in psychotherapy.  Through ongoing group consultation and collaborative presentations, they continue to consider issues particular to the treatment of men and boys.  Each of the three presenters have established private practices in San Francisco, and also work in supervisory and consultative capacities. 

Where: Alliant Univeristy Room C100, 1 Beach, San Francisco
When: Friday April 18th, 2014 - 6:30pm-9:00pm
Cost: Free or $15 for 2 CE's
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Couples: Choosing Love and Meaning in Relationship

with Robyn Walser, Ph.D. 

Working on close relationships in therapy is particularly useful from a contextual behavioral perspective.  Intimate relationships are an essential part of the client’s context, and changes that occur in these relationships directly and indirectly generalize to daily life.   In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, relationships also provide a unique opportunity to learn, practice, and sustain core skills such as acceptance, defusion, values clarification, mindfulness, and commitment or behavioral activation.  “Stuck places” for couples inevitably involve fusion with judgments or non acceptance of one's own or another's feelings.   Identifying and defusing from these thoughts and opening up to emotions can provide a unique opportunity for individual growth and development inside the relationship.  Assisting the couple to engage in values based behavior can be a powerful tool for connection and intimacy. In therapeutic work for couples, the ACT core processes can provide opportunity to develop deeply meaningful relationships.  Relationship can become a vehicle for growth and self-expression, further enhancing intimacy.  This presentation will explore the six core processes of ACT and how these can bring vitality to couples in therapy.  

Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D. is Director of TL Consultation Services, Associate Director at the National Center for PTSD and is Associate Clinical Professor at University of California, Berekely. As a licensed psychologist, she maintains an international training, consulting and therapy practice. Dr. Walser is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has co-authored 3 books on ACT including Learning ACT, The Mindful Couple and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the Treatment of Posttramatic Stress disorder. She also has expertise in traumatic stress and substance abuse and has authored a number of articles and chapters and books on these topics. She has been doing ACT workshops since 1998; training in multiple formats and for multiple client problems. Dr. Walser has been described as a “passionate, creative, and bold ACT trainer and therapist” and she is best known for her dynamic, warm and challenging ACT trainings. She is often referred to as a clinician’s clinician. Her workshops feature a combination of lecture and experiential exercises designed to provide a unique learning opportunity in this state-of-the-art intervention.

Where: Argosy University Room 110/112, 1005 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda
When: Friday February 7th, 2014 - 6:30pm-9:00pm
Cost: Free; $15 for CE
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ADHD--Models, Policy, Families, Treatment Strategies, and Stigma

with Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D.  

ADHD is skyrocketing in terms of prevalence and controversy.  This talk will separate facts from myth, discuss the huge discrepancies in diagnosis and treatment that exist, probe underlying models, emphasize family factors, and cover medication and family-oriented treatments.  Stigma will also be covered.

Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as Department Chair from 2004-2011, and is Vice Chair of Psychology (and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry) at UC San Francisco.  He received his B.A. from Harvard (1974, summa cum laude), and his doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA (1983).  After a post-doctoral fellowship at the Langley Porter Institute (UCSF), he joined the Berkeley faculty.  His work focuses on developmental psychopathology: peer and family relationships, neuropsychological risk factors, pharmacologic and psychological interventions for children with ADHD, assessment and evaluation, conceptual and definitional issues, mental health problems in teenage girls, the stigmatization of mental illness, and international training efforts

Where: Argosy University
     1005 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
When: Thursday May 16th, 2013 - 6:30pm-9pm
Cost: Free Event; CE Units for $15
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Managing Lust in Couples Therapy - Three Approaches: Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Systems Centered Therapy
with Bonnie Macbride EdD, MFT & Timothy West PhD, MFCC
& Phyllis Vince MFT

Lust, one of seven primitive brain states, is as integral to the development of couple 
intimacy as it is often discomforting to clinicians and our clients themselves. In this two hour workshop, Bonnie Macbride, Phyllis Vince, and Tim West will offer the perspectives of Systems Centered Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and the Gottman Method on how to overcome discomfiture, increase client potency, and use the couple's lust to bring the partners closer together. After the presenters offer an overview of their respective approaches, they'll examine actual cases raised by audience members (who are encouraged to be prepared to disucss them) as well as their own. 

Where: Alliant International University
     1 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 - Room C100 West
When: Saturday September 14th, 2013 - 9:30am to 12pm
Cost: Free Event; CE Units for $15

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Process vs. Content--Diagnosing and Treating Families with Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT)

with Marcie Rubel, LCSW  

In this training we will learn about this strength based and evidence based family therapy model that has been extensively evaluated for more than 25 years. It has been found to effectively treat adolescent drug use and other young people’s problem behaviors such as conduct problems at school and at home, oppositional behavior, mood and anxiety disorders, delinquency, associating with antisocial peers, aggressive and violent behavior and risky sexual behavior.

We will examine the different dimensions of diagnosing family dynamics, and learn about joining, enactments, mapping, diagnosing interactions, positive reframing and other restructuring tools. We will apply our knowledge to different family vignettes that participants may choose to offer, using
  BSFT Clinical Intervention Strategies. 

Marcie Rubel, LCSW entered the mental health field in 1990 as an intern at The Child Guidance Clinic in Sacramento, a non-profit agency that serves children and families. She completed her MSW from Sacramento State University in 1992. Following her graduation, she began her clinical practice in Hayward at La Familia Counseling Service, a non-profit community mental health agency where she saw individuals, children, couples and families for almost 20 years, often using her fluency in Spanish. In 2004 Marcie received training through University of Miami Family Studies Center for Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT). In 2007 she completed a three year training program in the Early Childhood Mental Health Program with Children’s Hospital of Oakland. From 2008 to 2010 Marcie trained and supervised staff and trainees at the La Familia outpatient and children’s day treatment in BSFT and early childhood mental health. In 2011 she began a private practice in Oakland seeing individuals, couples and families. Currently she continues to see clients in her private practice and to teach BSFT at mental health agencies in Alameda and Marin County.

Where: Argosy University
     1005 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
When: Friday November 1st, 2013 - 6:30pm-9pm
Cost: Free Event; CE Units for $15
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