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Summer 2022 Newsletter

Message from the President

Message from the President: Summer 2022

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Hello SBCAMFT community, 


As a board SBCAMT has been hard at work building foundational systems to help our community thrive. And as spring turns to summer, we are thrilled to be sharing new opportunities and ways for our community to engage -- so please avail of what resources and connections points you need.

Alongside our summer mixer, we have our prelicensed monthly meet ups, our diversity conversations, a new coffee + connection coffee meet up, alongside our special interest groups that are launching (everything from hiking meet ups, consultation groups and more). And don't worry - our usual CE events and Law and Ethics trainings are on the horizon too.

Our website is live with the events for the rest of the year and whatever ways you choose to engage, we hope you find valuable and relatable ways to connect with colleagues this summer.

As you continue to read through his edition of our newsletter, we are proud to be highlighting person first language and how the words we use impacts our clients and our clinical practice. 

As always, we are here for you all and are very grateful to have you a part of this community.


With warmth, gratitude and appreciation,

Claire Blakey

Claire Blakey (she/her), MA, LMFT, PMH-C

President, SBCAMFT

Diversity Spotlight

Message from Diversity Committee Chair,

Jonathan Thompson II

Message from the Diversity Director: Summer 2022

As we have honored Juneteenth and held our third Tea with J.T. event, we look forward to the season of summer.  For many, this will be a time to celebrate, however for others the work does not take a vacation.  As a diversity subcommittee, we will model self-care and take a break for the summer months.  We look forward to continuing our work in the remainder of the calendar year.  Continued community conversations will be held restarting in September.  Thank you all for your dedication in making SBCAMFT more diverse, equitable, inclusive and just.

Jonathan Thompson II

Jonathan Thompson II (he/his), MA, AMFT, APCC

Diversity Director, SBCAMFT

DEIJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice) Statement

SBCAMFT is committed to working in practical and substantive ways to take action in both our organization and our community, in order to learn about and remain aware of longstanding patterns of historical and systemic discrimination and biases, and to take action towards breaking these patterns.

Person-First Language Written Reflections

Hattie Bluestone

Marriage Family Therapist Trainee

When I use person-first language, my intention is to signify that any conceptual descriptor I use for a client is an abstraction and an approximation of a more unruly, ineffable, and dynamic lived experience. Across theoretical orientations, part of therapeutic change is an alteration in the client’s perception of herself; as such, it may be a disservice to our clients to reify their identities as diagnoses (e.g. an alcoholic, a borderline). When I use the phrase “a person with borderline personality disorder,” I think of that as shorthand for “a divinely-created being, with inherent human dignity and worth, who just like me wishes to be happy and free from suffering, who at this moment in her life has parts organized in such a way that she meets criteria for BPD.” Person-first language is not euphemistic; it’s just more accurate.

At times, clients may prefer that we use identity-first language, which can be distinguished from pathology-first language in that the linguistic construction is intentional and respectful, as opposed to reflexive and pathologizing. For example, within the autism community, identifiers such as “an autistic,” “an autistic person,” and “on the spectrum” are viewed by some as preferable to “a person with autism.” In another example, in some recovery communities, identifying as “an alcoholic” or “a recovering alcoholic” has a socially-constructed meaning that may be of significance to a client. In these cases, ontological arguments aside, using identity-first language may be a way to respect our client’s self-definition.

Shelby Swanson


Learning that Santa Barbara CAMFT is highlighting person-first language in the June newsletter spoke volumes for me. I’ve always felt strongly that individuals are more than a diagnosis given to them. Having worked in settings where I could train clinicians, I found myself correcting people to change their verbiage from something like “They are severely mentally ill” to “They are diagnosed with a severe mental illness.” It’s important for us as individuals to understand we are more than the labels providers are diagnosing us with.

Identifying someone as their diagnosis, versus listing this as one facet of their self, is limiting. We can carry several different titles and play a variety of different roles. Not all labels are permanent and listing someone’s diagnosis as one part of themselves leaves room for things to change and situations to shift. This also helps to remind the individual of their control, versus feeling inhibited by a title that can make them feel like an outsider.

There can be exceptions to the way we speak about someone, so I always like to find out from the individual what their preference is. We should each be able to decide how we want ourselves referred to, but as a clinician, I always want to remind my client of the many more things they are than the diagnosis they may have been given.

Person-First Language Video Reflections


Click below for resources about

person-first language:

Person-first language (Wiki)

Person-first Language: Are We Practicing What We Preach?

Person First and Identity First Language

Editorial Perspective: The use of person-first language in scholarly writing may accentuate stigma

Words Matter- Terms to Use and Avoid When Talking About Addiction

GSMA Inclusive Language Guide

SBCAMFT Summer 2022 Person-first Language Feature Video


For the first time ever, we asked you to submit videos for your reflections on person-first language. Our Board of Directors stepped up and many submitted videos with their views on person-first language. Click the video above to view!

We're asking all members to submit videos next quarter for our third quarter feature. Stay tuned for more information!

Save the Dates: Tea with J.T.

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SBCAMFT is providing a new offering for members and soon-to-be-members: an opportunity to engage in building trust, practicing active listening, and working to have a place to create action both personally and professionally. The purpose of this group is to provide space for clinicians and those who desire to better understand longstanding patterns that impact our community. This will allow for dialogue as often the question is posed "Where do I start?".

Save the date for Tea with J.T. discussions in the following cities. Exact locations will be announced later this summer.


Where: TBD at a location in Santa Maria

When: Saturday, September 17, 2022, 10am- Noon

What: This in-person event invites clinicians to come together to get to know our new Diversity Director and build a community conversation about diversity.

Cost: FREE for all SBCAMFT and Non-SBCAMFT members (Join now!)

Sponsored by Mission Harbor Behavioral Health 



Where: TBD at a Santa Barbara Location

When: Saturday, October 15, 2022, 10am-Noon

What: This in-person event invites clinicians to come together to get to know our new Diversity Director and build a community conversation about diversity.

Cost: FREE for all SBCAMFT and Non-SBCAMFT members (Join now!)

Sponsored by Mission Harbor Behavioral Health 



Where: TBD at a Lompoc Location

When: Saturday, November 12, 2022, 10am-Noon

What: This in-person event invites clinicians to come together to get to know our new Diversity Director and build a community conversation about diversity.

Cost: FREE for all SBCAMFT and Non-SBCAMFT members (Join now!)

Sponsored by Mission Harbor Behavioral Health 


Pre-licensed Spotlight

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Message from Pre-licensed Committee Chair, Josh Manney

Hello SBCAMFT! I am very excited to share that we have some wonderful upcoming events specifically for our Pre-licensed community! We have an ongoing virtual Pre-licensed Peer Support Group that meets the 1st Friday of each month – you can sign up through the SBCAMFT website under Events. We will also have a few in-person events starting in the summer, but we need your help with choosing the type of event. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below to help us out. Stay tuned for more details on upcoming events and opportunities by checking your emails and the SBCAMFT website. We hope to see you soon!


Josh Manney

Josh Manney (he/his), MS, AMFT, APCC

Pre-Licensed Director, SBCAMFT

Pre-licensed Events


A monthly event for pre-licensed clinicians

Where: Zoom (link will be provided with registration)

When: First Friday of every month from 10am-11am

What: This virtual event for pre-licensed clinicians is a great place to come together to support one another during your pre-licensed journey. We will have a guest speaker each meeting who is a licensed clinician who can share their journey and answer questions the group has for them. Peer support groups do not include case consultations.

Cost: FREE for all SBCAMFT and Non-SBCAMFT members (Join now!)

Sponsored by Mission Harbor Behavioral Health 

More Pre-licensed events are on its way to SBCAMFT's events calendar such as our summer mixer. Keep checking back to the website for the latest events!

More Pre-licensed Events

CE Events

A Single Session Therapy Approach

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Where: Online, Zoom

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

What: This presentation will provide background information about the Single Session Therapy approach. Included will be a description of specific strategies to implement single session services. Additionally, research will be provided on the efficacy in reducing clients reported symptom severity level as well as increasing overall wellness. 1 CE credit (Find more details here).

Included in the presentation is:

  • An overview of Single Session Therapy research
  • Single Session Therapy: structure, interventions, and applications
  • Interactive Case example, Debriefing & Questions 

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the benefits and specific interventions of the Single Session Therapy approach.
  2. Identify strategies to implement Single Session services.
  3. Identify the types of clients and presenting concerns for which this approach would be most effective.
  4. Integrate multiple strategies from this approach into their work with clients. 

Cost: $10 for Student/Associate members, $20 for SBCAMFT members and $25 for all State CAMFT members and $30 for Non-SBCAMFT members (Join now!)

About the Presenters:

Dr. Alexandra Robinson is the founder and Executive Director of California Counseling Clinics and a staff psychologist at UCSB. As a psychologist she is passionate about helping people of all ages find solutions to the challenges of life. Dr. Robinson also has multiple publications exploring the effects of psychosocial stressors on pregnancy and birth outcomes, epigenetic challenges due to stress in pregnancy, early development as well as student mental health and brief therapy interventions. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences and her research interests include psychosocial stress factors, primary support formation in pregnancy, multicultural counseling, acculturation research and single session therapy training and interventions.

Grace Harvey, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has specialized training in Single Session Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Primary Care Behavioral Health and has past experience working at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital and San Diego Hospice, as well as with children and families in school settings and outpatient clinics, college students on multiple campuses, and adults within county mental health crisis services. She has experience successfully implementing new programs in outpatient and county mental health clinics, as well as experience in program development and training in hospital, county and law enforcement settings. Grace is excited to be a part of the growth of our community of mental health professionals!

Sponsored by Mission Harbor Behavioral Health 


Member Events



Where: TBD 


When: Thursday, September 8, 5:00 - 8:00 PM 


What: Come and connect with other clinicians in the community over food, drinks and fun! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!


Cost: $30 for members, $40 for non-members and $15 for students



Where: CAJE Coffee - 1316 State Street, Santa Barbara, Ca 93101


When: Friday, September 30, 7:30 - 9:00 AM


What: Connect with other clinicians over a cup of coffee or tea. Stop in on your way to work or stay for a while. We can’t wait to see you!


Cost: FREE! Includes complimentary drip coffee*



Where: TBD 


When: Thursday, December 1, 5:30 - 8:30 PM


What: Come and connect with other clinicians in the community over food, drinks and fun! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!


Cost: $30 for members, $40 for non-members and $15 for students

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Meet SBCAMFT's New Vice President

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Shelby Swanson, LMFT will be transitioning from Director of CEPA, into our recent vacancy of Vice President. 

Shelby brings a passion for leadership, organization, impeccable attention to detail, innovative systems and collaboration. We are grateful to have you Shelby! 

Meet our Board

New Board Positions

SBCAMFT is currently seeking two new, two-term positions on its Board of Directors: Director of Social Media and Secretary.

Our Director of Social Media works closely with the Director of Communication. This director serves as a social media manager by posting and providing content for SBCAMFTs instagram and Facebook accounts. The Director of Social Media is a self-paced role, perfect for someone who likes creating content, engaging with posts or attending events through SBCAMFT to document and connect community members.

The Secretary is a core role within the association. This essential component to the leadership team works in close communication and support to the President and Vice President. The secretary is responsible for documenting board meetings, corresponding with the board, checking the P.O. box, managing the e-tree and submitting relevant information to state CAMFT. 

Requirements for both positions: 

  • Licensed LMFT or Associate 
  • Member of CAMFT
  • Member of SBCAMFT
  • Serve a two year term
  • Ability to attend monthly Board Meetings (we are currently meeting by zoom)
  • Attend quarterly CEU luncheons
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Team player
  • Ability to work proactively

To apply, please email

New Webpages

Can't find our newsletter in your inbox? We want to make it easy for you to look up SBCAMFT-related information on our website so we have created new webpages for your convenience. Click on any of the page names below to access the corresponding webpage. Stay tuned for more website improvements throughout the next year!

  • COMMUNICATIONSThis new page has links to our past newsletters for easy reference. We will also list requests for content for the feature section of our newsletters. Our Board of Directors has been supplying a lot of the content but we're looking for members to provide their own thoughts and resources moving forward to share with peers.
  • PRE-LICENSEDLearn more about opportunities for pre-licensed members.
  • DIVERSITYRead our full-length diversity statement and the latest news and events from our diversity subcommittee.
  • MEMBER EVENTSThis is not a new webpage but we will be having more member events. Be sure to check out our new member events section in this newsletter!
  • Updated! E-TREE: Please note that we have updated guidelines for using the e-tree on our website.
  • SPONSORSHIPFind sponsorship benefits (formerly referred to as "advertisements and sponsorships") and information about our current sponsors on this page.


Hi everyone! I'm Megan Attore, Director of Community Engagement. I am so excited to share that we are ready to launch our Special Interest Groups in August! So this is month to get signed up. We will be launching two consultation groups (one online and one in person), a hiking group, a book club and by popular demand.... a pickleball group! 
Please fill out the google form that is coming in the next few days if you'd like to join us. 
We are so excited to foster deeper connection among members and create more opportunities for professional enrichment and personal engagement.
See you out there!!

Sponsor Spotlight

Mission Harbor Behavioral Health

Thank you to our Platinum sponsor, Mission Harbor Behavioral Health, for supporting SBCAMFT's programming including events, mixers and our quarterly newsletter.

Please find a helpful mental health guide for Santa Barbara-area Marriage Family Therapists provided by Mission Harbor Behavioral Health on our sponsorship page. Watch a video about Mission Harbor by clicking the button below.

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