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Serving Those Who Serve

  • 1 Nov 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MST)
  • LA MESA COMMUNITY CENTER (in the birthday room), 1200 Fechteler Road, Monterey
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November Salon

Serving Those Who Serve:

Ethical Competency & Considerations of Working with Service Members & Their Families

with Cindy Kao, PsyD

Friday, November 1, 2019

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this workshop, participants will explore some unique ethical concerns and how to benefit military service members and their families. To develop competency, the workshop will provide an overview of military culture and demographics as well as a familiarization of common stressors and conditions associated with military service.  This information will cover and differentiate between military personnel and their families. Participants will also discuss case studies and role play scenarios in order to highlight the novel concerns and ethical considerations of working with these populations.


Based on the content of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze at least 2 common experiences that can marginalize military families and servicemembers.
  • Explain the importance of competency in working with military families and service members (and resources to gain competency).
  • Assess factors that might indicate a need for further supportive care for a service or family member.
  • Describe other support resources that may be available for a service member and their families.

The workshop will look at how both current research as well as mental health practices relate to military personnel and their families, with emphasis on how their special needs and concerns can result in their being a marginalized population.  The broader mental health community is frequently unaware of either these special concerns or the unique resources available to address them.  By increasing understanding of this community, more mental health professionals will be equipped to treat individuals impacted by the military experience.

This workshop will stress role of informed providers as related to ethical competency.  Most clinicians are not cognizant of the degree to which this population differs from general society as regards combat traumas, frequent family separations, absence of traditional family support systems, and the forced erosion of traditional spousal roles.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Cindy Kao is a Licensed Professional Counselor and obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles.  She has worked with a range of populations including; military families, community mental health, at-risk youth, substance abuse, perpetrators and victims of domestic violence, intellectual disabilities, and elderly populations. She specializes in treatment through relational work concerning daily stresses, feelings of loneliness, worry, grief and trauma, dealing with change, parenting, and women's issues. She has frequently presented at conferences, conducted professional training events and community workshops, and has been interviewed for radio programs, podcasts, and publications.  Dr. Kao has worked as a professor of Psychology at both the graduate and undergraduate level, currently lecturing at California State University, Monterey Bay.  Her work with military families includes her dissertation, presentations at multiple conferences, and in clinical settings.  Most recently she appeared on KSCO Santa Cruz radio’s “Veterans Take Charge” to discuss the unique experiences of services members and their spouses.

Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

3 CEs are included in the registration cost for this presentation

(For Psychologists and nurses, the CE cost is $25 in addition to the price of registration. Please purchase CEs here AND make sure that you also register for the workshop.)


Licensed MC-CAMFT Members:  $10

Pre-licensed:  $10

Members of other local CAMFT chapters: $15

Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

LOCATION:  LA MESA COMMUNITY CENTER (in the birthday room), 1200 Fechteler Road

DIRECTIONS:  Take Aguajito Road  past the freeway entrance, go right on Farragut Road (La Mesa Village sign) go up the hillGo left on Spruance Road, left on Flechteler Rd. (Center on the left)

Cindy's phone number: 877-795-1343


Please contact Judy Masliyah at


Please Note: Certificates of completion will be awarded at the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety, sign in and out, and complete the course evaluation form.

MC-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Provider# 050097.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SRCR) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. 
  • LCSWs, MFTs and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. 
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendence, contact Pamela Hughes from Monterey County California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists at For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE

You may cancel for a full refund up to 15 days in advance of the event, or a 50% refund between 5 and 14 days in advance of the event. No refunds for cancellations within 4 days of the event or for no-shows or failure to attend due to emergencies. Unused funds cannot be applied to future workshops. All requests for refunds must be submitted to Jennifer Farley by email at

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