Upcoming Events

Fri, July 28, 2017 12:00 PM • Macaroni Grill, 7901 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, Ca. 92647
Fri, July 28, 2017 6:00 PM • Fireside Tavern Restaurant | Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa  3131 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Welcome from the President

We, the Board of Directors, look forward to serving you.

We strive to provide CEU’s monthly with Exciting Speakers!  Make sure to check out our website monthly for updates. 

OC CAMFT members benefit from monthly discounts to luncheons and events, access to our Member to Member email blasts, our Find-A-Therapist site and creation of your own personalized web page if you're a Licensed Professional, or in a related field.  

If you would like to join,  then click on the Membership tab to access the OC CAMFT membership application. You can also register online for all our events.  In order to be an OC member you will first need to be an active member with State CAMFT.

Additionally, our “3000 Hour Club” hosts informal networking gatherings for students and interns, to help encourage and support the journey to 3000 hours!!!

We hope you will take advantage of many of these great opportunities. Our goal is to provide you, our members, with the best association we can.

We are always open to feedback and new ideas. Please contact us at any one of our email addresses, so that we may answer any and all questions you may have.

Thank you,

Terry Heptinstall, LMFT, LPCC

Join OC-CAMFT for our
July Luncheon


The Importance of Communication and Collaboration in Mental Health

presented by Dr. Britton Arey

When: July 21, 2017

Check-in: Begins at 11 am

Luncheon: 11:00 to 1:30

Location: Maggiano's Little Italy, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA

Earn 1 CEU (CAMFT CE #59405)

Course Description

We will discuss the critical importance of therapists and psychiatrists communicating with one another about patients they share -- to avoid fragmentation of care as well as to provide a unified framework for recovery to patients. We will also brainstorm ways to improve communication and collaboration in our field, as well as across disciplines, given the emerging literature about the mind-body connection, and the importance of putting together a cohesive "treatment team" for each patient. While we know time is a precious resource for every clinician, making communication and collaboration part of our responsibility as providers is critical for the health and well-being of the patients entrusted to our care. Together, we can work to find ways to overcome obstacles and barriers to communication that can help our patients move forward more cohesively.

Learning Objectives:

1. To understand and appreciate why communication and collaboration are so important within the mental health field

2. To appreciate the importance of communication and collaboration with patient's other health care practitioners (anyone part of the patients "treatment team")

3. To identify all participants in a patient's "treatment team" that need to be included in communication and collaboration (e.g. Family members, friends, educators, etc)

4. To appreciate the importance of collaboration and integration of care, especially in the child and adolescent population

5. For attendees to name at least 3 ways of overcoming barriers to establishing more communication and collaboration in their own practices, and discuss ways they intend to implement communication and collaboration as both a priority, as well as part of their responsibility as a mental health care provider

OC CAMFT Luncheon Price:

OC-CAMFT Members - $32  

OC CAMFT Guests - $37 

Deadline to pre-register is July 19, 2017! 

Walk-ins - $45

Click HERE to pre-register!

If you prefer to pay by check, please click HERE for payment info and to submit a reservation form so that we have your email contact information. (Check must be postmarked by April 15th.) Please include your email address so that we can send you a confirmation email 2 days prior to the event.

Please review our ADA Policy HERE.

If you have a special need or need special accommodations, please click HERE. Please advise us of your needs no later than 7 days prior to the event so that we may be able to accommodate you.

Please make a separate transaction for each and every reservation requested. If you are paying by credit card, the receipt you receive at the end of your payment is your confirmation reservation. Those reserving by check and are reserving for 2 or more may combine payment. ONLY check payments received by deadline will receive an email confirmation 2 days prior to event. Any payments not received by deadline are not reserved and will be considered walk-in status. Please note our cancellation policy on our registration page.

  • Course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Orange County Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #59405) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs.  Orange County Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Dr Britton Ashley Arey, MD,  MBA is an adult psychiatrist and psychotherapists who graduated from the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and has been in private practice for 10 years. She is the founder and CEO of a multidisciplinary group practice, South Coast Psychiatry, which is dedicated to improving the quality of outpatient mental health care in our community (through improving communication and collaboration, as well as decreasing fragmentation of care), as well as increasing education and awareness about mental health conditions and helping to decrease stigma and stereotype surrounding mental illness. For more information about Dr Arey, her multidisciplinary practice, South Coast Psychiatry, or their collaborative, concierge approach to patient care, please visit: www.SouthCoastPsychiatry.com.

For more information about the educational component of Dr Arey's practice, and her continued efforts to increase accurate information and awareness about mental health and decrease stigma surrounding mental illness, please visit www.Facebook.com/SouthCoastPsychiatry.

Dr Arey is also the mother of two young kids (ages 5 and 7), and has recently expanded her multidisciplinary practice to include the treatment of children and adolescents, for whom accurate diagnosis, as well as close collaboration and integration of care is critical.


If you have any questions, please contact OC CAMFT at admin@occamft.org or call 714-556-7129

Cancellation Policy 
 Cancellations are made by leaving a message at 714-556-7129 no later than 2 days prior to the event by 6 PM.  A refund less $5.00 processing fee will be returned to you.  There are no refunds for cancellations made past this time.


OC-CAMFT's Networking Lunch
for Licensed Clinical Members
& Licensed Guests

Facilitated by OC-CAMFT's President, Terry Heptinstall, MFT

Informal Opportunity for Networking, Information & Camaraderie

Friday, June 30, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Chili's in Mission Viejo

27407 Bellogenete off of
Crown Valley Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA  92691
(949) 364-2207

This is a No-Host event

Parking: There is plenty of parking outside of the restaurant.

No membership is required & 

registration is FREE!

Feel free to invite colleagues

OC CAMFT’s General Networking Mixer is a gathering of Licensed MFTs and colleagues for networking, information & camaraderie!  The goal is to provide a meet and greet alternating monthly in North and South Orange County.

If you have any questions, contact our Marketing Director, Joshua Soto, at marketing@occamft.org.  All feedback and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

Looking forward to seeing you
Friday, June 30th!!

OC-CAMFT's 3000 Club
Getting to the Other Side of 3000

Presented by: Debra Sussman, IMF

Collaborative Problem Solving & ADHD: The Science of ADHD, Myth & Facts - Evidence Based Interventions 

Please Join Us For
a Happy Hour of Networking, Information & Camaraderie

  Friday, July 28th
, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location:       *Note: Change in Location
Fireside Tavern Restaurant | Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa 

3131 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626                       (714) 557-3000  

For pre-licensed MFT/LPCC/LCSWs, this is your opportunity to meet and NETWORK with others who share your professional challenges, have some FUN and LEARN something new....

Come and bring a friend! 
We're looking forward to seeing you there!
  • FREE food and Non-alcoholic beverages  will be provided
  • FREE One workshop hour is also offered, pending supervisor approval
  • No membership is required & it is FREE!
If you have any questions,
contact our Intern Representatives
Shanda Karasek at prelicenseddirector@occamft.org 

Looking forward to seeing you
Friday, July 28th!

Here is a Flier to share!!

Meet Our Speaker

Debra Sussman is a MFT Intern supervised by a LMFT, specializing in child, adolescent, family psychotherapy with advanced continued education at Harvard Medical School. Experienced in school mental health, mind body medicine and health psychology. Debra is in private practice in Newport Beach and Tustin, California focuses on Collaborative Problem Solving, CBT, social skills groups to help challenging children with challenging behaviors due to ADHD.

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