Spring 2021 President Update

Fri, May 07, 2021 8:45 AM | Michael Mann (Administrator)

Spring has sprung! The birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and here in the Pasadena area our Covid numbers are going down! Slowly, things are starting to open up. Lots of exciting things are on the horizon. SGVCAMFT has a number of exciting opportunities for you as well! 

Starting as soon as May 2nd, we are launching our new Book Club meeting the first Sunday of every month at 7 pm. For the first meeting we’ll be Virtual on Zoom but hope to move to in-person as things open up. Coordinator Natasha Morisawa suggests that for the first meeting we each bring a book we are currently reading or that has impacted our practice. Register on the website. Email Natasha at pastpresident@sgvcamft.org for more information.

Friday May 7th we are hosting our Membership Appreciation Mixer from 7-8 pm on Zoom! Let us provide you with some well-deserved nurture in the form of Yoga Nidra with Lauren Maher, exciting raffle items like beautiful jewelry hand-made by Julie Gigante, gifts baskets, fun surprises, and more! Register ASAP on our website. We look forward to relaxing and connecting with you!

An exciting line-up of CE Programs and Connect and Learn lunch time events are in the works. We’ll update you as details are confirmed but here’s what we have so far:

Save the Date: Saturday, June 26th 10am-12pm look for a stimulating virtual panel presentation geared towards helping our pre-licensed and early career members with “The Road to Private Practice for Pre-Licensed Therapists!” Learn from our experts what to look for in a supervision site and a supervisor, how to evaluate a private practice internship setting, ways to build professional relationships, and how to make the most out of your professional organization. Whether you are pre-licensed, early career, a supervisor, or a seasoned therapist who wants to learn more about developing your professional persona you won’t want to miss this important opportunity to learn the most effective ways to put your best foot forward as a counseling professional! Mark it on your calendar: Registration details to come.

And looking ahead: Friday July 9th from 11 am-12:30 pm we have a very special virtual presentation by Dr. Saida Peprah entitled “Cultivating Humility: Dismantling Implicit Bias and Building Allies in Therapy.” You may recall that Dr. Peprah was on our schedule to present this important topic in March of 2020 just as we were all being shut down for Covid safety precautions. We’re very excited to be able to book her virtually despite her very busy schedule! Look for registration details to come. 

 Thanks to all of our Board members and volunteers for helping to bring these wonderful opportunities to you! We are always on the look-out for new and enthusiastic volunteers! If you have a desire to join a group of hard-working therapists dedicated to supporting your colleagues in the community, we would love to have you join us! Feel free to contact me anytime at president@sgvcamft.org

Thanks for being a member of SGVCAMFT! I look forward to seeing you (virtually) soon!


Kathryn Bikle
President, SGVCAMFT

San Gabriel Valley CAMFT
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