Chapter Events

Upcoming events

    • Fri, June 22, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • 60 Minute Webinar
    OC CAMFT Presents an Exclusive Webinar

    Engaging Parents:  
    Overcoming Parental Resistance in Child and Family Therapy, 
    presented by Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

    WHEN:  Friday, June 22nd, 2018  

                9:00 am to 10:00 am PST

    Earn 1 CEU (CAMFT CE #59405)

    Webinar Description:

    Many clinicians know to create lasting therapeutic change in a family, they must get buy-in from the parent(s), but engaging parents in a therapeutic setting can be challenging. Even experienced clinicians sometimes feel they are fighting a losing battle when working with parents who are resistant. Learning to work with parents more effectively increases therapeutic success, decreases cancellations and early termination, and lays the foundation for lasting change in a family.

    In this 60 minute web conference, licensed clinical social worker and parenting coach, Mercedes Samudio, LCSW, will focus on what it means to work effectively with resistant parents and keep them engaged during the therapeutic process. Mercedes will share her experience working with parents and educating them on the importance of their role as head of a family system.  One complimentary CEU for this webinar will be provided via email to all registered OC CAMFT members. Members must be logged in for the duration of the webinar to receive a CEU. A recording will be accessible to Members only. Members of OC CAMFT are invited to submit questions for a Q&A period to

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Explain the process of parental identity development, parental defense mechanisms, and parent shame.
    2. Describe strategies for developing a therapeutic relationship with parents.
    3. Implement strategies to manage and document crisis with parents and families.
    • Registration is FREE to OC CAMFT Members. 
    • A fee of $10.00 will be due from Non-OC CAMFT members.

    Presenter Bio:  

    Mercedes Samudio, LCSW is a parent coach, speaker, and bestselling author who helps parents and children communicate with each other, manage emotional trauma, navigate social media and technology together, and develop healthy parent-child relationships. Mercedes started the #EndParentShaming movement as well as coined the term Shame-Proof Parenting – using both to bring awareness to ending parent shame. You can read more about her parenting expertise at

    • Sat, July 14, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • National University , 3390 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    Join OC-CAMFT for our

    July Workshop 

    The Basics of EFT: Finding Connection in the Dark, 

    presented by Dianna Troutt, LMFT, PsyD  

    WHEN July 14th, 2018

    Check-in: Begins at 8:30 am

    Luncheon: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    WHERE:   National University

                    3390 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    WHO:  Licensed and Pre-licensed MFT's & Guests

    Earn 3 CEU's (CAMFT CE #59405) 

    Course Description:    Based on attachment theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a powerful, effective approach to help couples experience new ways of relating to one another instead of being caught in a negative cycle that breaks down communication and makes them feel unsafe and alone, questioning their love. By tuning into their feelings, a therapist using EFT can help couples learn to communicate during conflict in ways that restore a deeper, safer connection with one another rather than spiral into a repetitive “dance” that creates more hurt and insecurity. In this presentation, therapists will learn the basics of EFT and how to work with each person’s attachment style and corresponding reactive “push away” behaviors during fights. Therapists can then help couples learn work together to deescalate their destructive pattern so they can reconnect, heal past injuries, and restore their loving bond.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1. Attendees will be able to list the basic elements of Emotionally Focused Therapy, including the three stages of de-escalation, restructuring conflicts, and consolidation.
    2. Attendees will be able to describe how to track a couple’s repetitive dance by mapping each person’s attachment style and how predictable, reactive behaviors become triggers for the partner, helping the couple see the cycle as the enemy, not one another.
    3. Attendees will be able to apply at least two ways to explore beneath the surface emotions of a couple’s routine arguments, helping them access and voice the softer hurts, fears, and longings that will create empathy, restore safety, and draw them closer together.


    OC CAMFT Luncheon Prices:

    OC CAMFT Member - Pre-Licensed: $30

    Non Member - Pre-Licensed: $35

    OCCAMFT Member - Licensed: $55

    Non Member - Licensed: $65

    Deadline to pre-register is July 12th! 

    Walk-ins: $80  

    Check Out Our Flyer and Pass it On

    If you prefer to pay by check, check must reach us by July 2nd, two 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. Dianna Troutt is a certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor who has a private practice in Newport Beach specializing in couples. She has been working in private practice for over 25 years in Orange County. She also works from an attachment theory model with individuals to treat anxiety and depression. When not working, she loves connecting with her husband of 31 years and with her two adult children.

    • Fri, July 27, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Macaroni Grill, 7901 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, Ca. 92647
    OC-CAMFT's Networking Lunch
    for Licensed Clinical Members & Licensed Guests

    Facilitated by OC-CAMFT's  Past President, Terry Heptinstall, LMFT
    Informal Opportunity for Networking, Information & Camaraderie

    WHEN:    Friday, July 27th, 2018  |  12:00 pm – 1:30 pm          

    WHERE 7901 Edinger Ave |  Huntington Beach, CA 92647

                  (714) 901-4481

    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  All feedback and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

    Looking forward to seeing you
    Friday, July 27th!!
    • Fri, July 27, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Fireside Tavern Restaurant | Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa  3131 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    OC-CAMFT's 3000 Club
    Getting to the Other Side of 3000

    Special Guest Panel: Becoming a Confident Therapist

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

    WHEN:   Friday, July 27th, 2018
                 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    WHERE:      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!

    • Members of OC CAMFT - FREE!
    • Guests - $5.00

    • FREE One workshop hour is also offered, pending supervisor approval.
    • FREE food and Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided

    If you have any questions, contact our Intern Representative
    Shanda Karasek at 

    Check out our flier!

    Looking forward to seeing you
    Friday, July 27th!

    • Fri, August 24, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • The Crowne Plaza, 3131 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    Join OC CAMFT for a Summer HOOPLA Celebration

    A Night of Fun and Networking 

    with OC Psychological Association and OC Shrinks 


    WHEN Friday, August 24th, 2018  |  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    WHERE   The Fireside Tavern Located at the Crowne Plaza

                     3131 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    WHO:    All MFT, LCSW, LPCC students, trainees, associates, psychologists                              and psychological  assistants are welcome!

    Off I-405 in north Costa Mesa, this modern hotel is 1.7 miles from OC Fair & Event Center, 2.5 miles from John Wayne Airport and 6 miles from Newport Beach.

    We invite all licensed clinical members and MFT/LPCC/LCSW interns and students to join OC-CAMFT for a FUN event to NETWORK with other professionals. OC-CAMFT will be hosting this event with appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. We welcome non-members of the chapter to come out and join us in celebrating our profession and being part of a supportive community, so please forward this invitation to anyone who you think may be interested.  

    Come and bring a friend! 

    We're looking forward to seeing you there!

    • FREE food and Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided

    • Members - FREE

    • Non-Members - $10.00

    If you have any questions, contact our Intern Representatives Shanda Karasek at 

    Check Out Our Flyer and Pass it On.

    Click Here to Watch Our Video & Meet Our Pre-licensed Representatives!

    Join OC CAMFT for a Summer HOOPLA Celebration

    A Night of Fun and Networking 

    with OC Psychological Association and OC Shrinks 


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