Monterey County Chapter 


Friday, February 28, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

February Salon

Lynn Finnell, LMFT, LAADC

Addiction: Basics & Beyond for Mental Health Professionals

Join us for a comprehensive overview of addiction as it pertains to the individuals that are likely to walk into your office.

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2020 brings new leadership to our chapter. We welcome Jennifer Farley as our new board president. Jenn is ready to go and brings leadership experience and a dedication to continuing all the best of MC-CAMFT and adding creative ideas and fresh energy to the chapter. Welcome Jenn!

Sadly, several members of the board are leaving. As you know, the board is the backbone and the workhorse of the chapter. Without the volunteer members, we wouldn’t have the thriving chapter we have today. Pam Hughes, our CE Chair will be leaving as soon as we can find someone to take her position. Pam has dedicated many hours recently to getting our Chapter recertified through CAMFT to be a CE provider. It is huge task and if that wasn’t bad enough, she also applied for recertification through a third party so we can provide CEs to psychologists. We appreciate all she has done for this recertification and for all our events. Thank you, Pam. We wish you would stay now that the worst is over.

Robin DeFilippi and Kevin Glenn are leaving their positions as Co-Chairs of the prelicensed committee. Over the last two years, both have reached out to the prelicensed group only to find they are a difficult group to engage. Thank you to both of you for your efforts and persistence. We appreciate your contributions to our board. Lynn Finnell has bravely agreed to take on this role for the future. Thank you, Lynn!

This leads to WE NEED YOU to serve on our board. It’s an opportunity to give back, hone your leadership skills and affiliate with other board members. If you are concerned about time commitments or whether you have the skill set, please contact me, Jenn or any board member and we will gratefully give you the details. Wouldn’t 2020 be a great year for you to give back?

Unfortunately, I have gotten complaints from potential clients seeking services and from several agencies that our members are remiss in returning their calls. Let’s please take the time, whether we can help these folks or not, to at least respond to their inquiries. Thank you.

Remember we have a new location for all upcoming events beginning January 2020. 

Mark your calendars:

January 10, 2020 - Dr Susan Swick will speak to us about the new child and adolescent treatment center, Ohana. She will also address new trends in the treatment of children and adolescents. We are pleased to have Dr Swick speak with us.

February (date to be determined) - Lynn Finnell, LMFT, LAADC, will hold a Salon (members only) on the treatment of addictions in our client population. Lynn is a dual licensed psychotherapist and addiction specialist. She also teaches addiction at Brandman University, Hartnell Community College, and at Soledad. Lynn is a skilled teacher and certainly knows about addiction in all populations!

March 21, 2020 - Saturday from 9am – noon, Dr. Talal Alsaleem will be presenting a workshop on healing the wounds of infidelity. Dr. Alsaleem has presented at regional conferences, has spoken to a number of other CAMFT chapters and promises to be engaging and knowledgeable. I hope all of you who cannot make our Friday events will join us for breakfast and this timely topic.

July 11, 2020 – Saturday, Dr. Hedges will present an all-day workshop on suicide prevention and law and ethics. This is a 6-hour mandated course and satisfies all of LCSW, LMFT and PhD requirements. 6 CEs provided.

May I take a minute to wish all of you a peaceful and hope-filled holiday season. This is my last president’s message and I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president for these past years. It has been an honor to get to know you all better. When I first started, Judy Maliyah would ask me after an event about new attendees. At that time, you were all new to me! And I have really enjoyed standing in front of the room to welcome you to our events and experience how much you just wanted to keep talking to your colleagues. I love that we have that energy in our chapter and I actually enjoyed working to get the meeting started on time! I will miss this.

Happy Holidays. Be safe and thank you,



The Monterey Chapter CAMFT is a great way to start your professional connections in your new career! Join us and be a part of a group of peers supported by your professional community as you journey through your 3000 hours to licensure. First, become a member of CAMFT. Then become one of our valued chapter members by going to our membership application pageYou'll be supported by:

  • Training presentations, bi-monthly meetings, mentoring, skill building, information about local resources and networking and collaboration.
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  • Meetings and/or workshops that will provide 1.5 hours toward licensing.
  • The availability of the Chair to answer your questions and provide guidance.


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