Upcoming events

    • July 17, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • The University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

    Register now for the July 17th luncheon at the University Club (from 11:30-1:30).

    Tracy Thomas, MA, NTP, CGP - Luncheon Speaker on "Food and Mood: How The Gut Influences The Brain.

    This luncheon will focus on the new body of medical literature showing poor gut health to be a causal factor in chronic mental health conditions such as anxiety and depressive disorders. Known as the gut-brain axis, researchers are finding that there is constant bi-directional communication not only from the brain down to the gut, but from the gut up to the brain. The collective landscape of the gut, including the trillions of microbes that live there, play an important role in the messages to the brain that directly affect mood and behavior. By improving the environment of the gut to support positive messaging, one can create the causes and conditions to improve mood and reduce perceptions of stress. 

    Topics covered: 

    • How the gut communicates with the brain 
    • Conditions in the gut that impact mood 
    • How the food we eat changes messaging to the brain 
    • The role of the microbiome in anxiety and depressive disorders 
    • Ideal diet to optimize positive gut-brain communication 
    • How negative emotional states affect microbial messaging in a negative feedback loop 

    Learning Objectives

    • Participants will be able to identify 2 key medical studies showing a causal relationship between the gut and mood.
    • Participants will be able to name and identify 4 underlying physiological conditions that trigger anxiety and depressive disorders.
    • Participants will be able to state 5 dietary and lifestyle choices that increase beneficial and positive gut-brain messaging. 

    Tracy Thomas, MA, NTP, CGP is an accomplished gut-brain expert, specializing in nutrition and the microbiome. She brings to life how the food we eat changes the landscape of our gut and the microbes that live there, which in turn, send corresponding messages to the brain that impact mood. She holds a Master's Degree and is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome Practitioner (CGP).

    Do you want to be our luncheon sponsor? There is still time. Contact Cindy:

    Please Note:

    • Attendees will earn 1.5 CEUs 

    • Attendees must register and pay in advance in order to attend

    • Your registration includes a delicious lunch buffet. Please contact the Events Director if you have special dietary needs or grievances at events@SBCAMFT.ORG

    • You are welcome to park in the University Club parking lot in unreserved spaces

    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodates attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Event is ADA Compliant.

    For more information and online registration, click on the following link: Tracy Thomas, MA, NTP, CGP - July 17 Luncheon Speaker on "Food and Mood: How The Gut Influences The Brain.


    We look forward to seeing you there! 

    Warm regards,

    Rebecca Capps, Events Director
    Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT
    • July 19, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Antioch University Santa Barbara, 602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara

    Building a Successful Private Practice Series

    Sponsored by

    This workshop series is designed to help therapists gain fundamental business and marketing skills needed to grow a thriving private practice. In this workshop, we assist attendees in defining personal barriers to success while also sharing best practices and resources.

    Presenter: Jenn Kennedy, LMFT, SBCAMFT President

    "Building a Successful Private Practice: Branding, Marketing, Advertising, Finding a Niche That Fits You"

    Jenn has a  BA in public relations and worked in PR and corporate communications for 5 years before pursing a career as freelance journalist. She has contributed to Santa Barbara Magazine, Montecito Journal, LA Confidential and Prevention Magazine. She authored Success by Design: Revealing Profiles of California Architects in 2011. Jenn is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. She specializes in sexuality, addiction and LGBT issues. Jenn is the current president of Santa Barbara CAMFT.

    Guest Presenter: Elizabeth Wolfson, LCSW

    "The Meanings of Money in the Clinical Situation"

    Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW, has been a psychotherapist in private practice for over three decades working with individuals, couples and families.  She has served as clinical director of agencies, and as faculty and administrator in higher education including Columbia University School of Social Work and Antioch University Santa Barbara, where she was Department Chair of the MA in Clinical Psychology Program, and Director of Antioch’s Women and Leadership program.  She has consulted to corporations and organizations, is a co-founder of two non-profit organizations, and has written and presented on numerous topics including the topics of creativity, healthy aging, caregiving, the therapeutic relationship, and the significance and meaning of the fee in clinical practice.

    July 19, 8:30-1:00 pm

    Antioch University Santa Barbara, 602 Anacapa Street

    Cost: Current Students: Free, SBCAMFT Members $20, All Others: $35

    Professional headshots will be offered on site for first 25 SBCAMFT Members to reserve for $30. See reservation option that includes both headshot and registration ($50).

    Register Here


    • July 28, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Arroyo Burro Beach County Park ("Hendry's")

    Join SBCAMFT for a beach walk at Arroyo Burro Beach ("Hendry's"). Connect with fellow clinicians and make new friends.

    • Where: 2981 Cliff Dr. Santa Barbara, CA 93109 (next to the Boathouse)
    • When: Sunday, July 28th: 11:00am - 12:30pm
    • Cost: FREE for all SBCAMFT members (Join now!)
    • $5 for Non-SBCAMFT Members
    *Please wear comfortable walking shoes | SBCAMFT will provide snacks to enjoy!

    Past events

    June 08, 2019 Summer Pre-Licensed Meet Up
    April 13, 2019 Navigating the Road to Licensure
    April 10, 2019 Angela Wurtzel - 4/10 Luncheon: Envy & Emptiness: The Psychodynamics of Cosmetic Surgery and Eating Disorders
    January 28, 2019 January Pre-Licensed Happy Hour
    December 04, 2018 SBCAMFT 2018 Holiday Soiree
    November 13, 2018 Fall Pre-Licensed Happy Hour
    October 17, 2018 Let’s Talk About Sex: Issues of Desire and Dysfunction in Clinical Practice by Alexandra Katehakis, Ph.D., LMFT
    October 05, 2018 “What Does the Phrase ‘Standard of Care’ Mean to You?” Law & Ethics with David Jensen
    August 24, 2018 SBCAMFT's Psychotherapists 2018 Summer Mixer
    July 18, 2018 Treating ADHD: Using Positive Psychology & The Coaching Model with Shane Bruce, LMFT
    April 18, 2018 Buddhist Psychology and Trauma Focused Treatment for Addictions Presented by Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT
    January 17, 2018 Developing Secure Attachment: Making Sense of Your Past to Empower Your Future
    December 05, 2017 SBCAMFT's 2017 Holiday Soiree: Sponsored by Simple Practice
    November 17, 2017 Winter Pre-Licensed Happy Hour
    October 18, 2017 The Evolution of Countertransference: A Revolution in the Practice of Psychotherapy, with Dr. Michael Geis
    September 22, 2017 "Fun with Subpoenas and the Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege!" presented by CAMFT Attorney, David Jenson
    August 29, 2017 Summer Pre-Licensed Happy Hour
    July 19, 2017 Creating Metaphoric Stories for Children
    July 14, 2017 SBCAMFT's Psychotherapists' Summer Networking Mixer
    May 20, 2017 Navigating the Road to Licensure
    April 19, 2017 The Five Longings: What We've Always Wanted and Already Have
    March 21, 2017 Pre-Licensed Happy Hour
    January 18, 2017 In Search of Meaning: Using Self-Compassion and Values Clarification in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    December 07, 2016 Santa Barbara CAMFT's 2016 Psychotherapists Holiday Soiree
    November 12, 2016 "Using the Language of the Law to ‘Salt & Pepper’ Your Treatment Records" presented by CAMFT Attorney, David Jenson
    October 19, 2016 Using a Nutritarian Diet Style & Mindfulness to Overcome Food Addictions and Emotional Eating
    July 20, 2016 An Integrated Approach to Couples Therapy and Treating Relational Trauma
    July 09, 2016 Pre-Licensed Picnic in the Park
    April 20, 2016 Empowering Teens with PeaceQ: How to use the teen brain to do great things
    April 09, 2016 Pre-Licensed Spring Gathering
    January 20, 2016 Raw, Well-Cooked, and Burnt to a Crisp: Recovering from Burnout
    January 09, 2016 Pre-Licensed New Year's Gathering
    December 08, 2015 Santa Barbara CAMFT's 2015 Holiday Soiree
    October 21, 2015 Legislative Impact on LMFTs in 2015 featuring CAMFT Executive Director, Jill Epstein, J.D.
    September 19, 2015 Law & Ethics: Unprofessional Conduct & Other Trouble Spots for Psychotherapists with CAMFT Attorney David Jenson
    July 27, 2015 SB CAMFT Printed Directory Advertising Insertion Payment
    June 19, 2015 Psychotherapists Networking Gala hosted by Santa Barbara CAMFT & Antioch University
    April 15, 2015 " T Comes Before LGB: Clinical Care for Transgender and Gender Queer Clients," with Max Rorty, LCSW
    January 21, 2015 "Current Trends and Treatment Strategies in Addiction, Alcoholism and Recovery: What Every Clinician Should Know," with Peter McGoey, M.A., LMFT
    December 08, 2014 Santa Barbara CAMFT's 2014 Holiday Soiree
    October 15, 2014 SB CAMFT Presents: "Mindfulness When Working With Children and Trauma" with Dr. Deborah Smilovitz Foster
    July 16, 2014 SB CAMFT CEU Luncheon: Treating Addiction, PTSD & Chronic Pain in Clients with. Dr. Joseph Frawley
    May 23, 2014 Free SB CAMFT Member Appreciation Event: Happy Hour & Networking
    April 16, 2014 Understanding and Working with Relationship Distress Through an Attachment Lens in Emotionally Focused Therapy
    May 11, 2012 Legal & Ethical Issues, Part III - David Jensen, JD
    April 20, 2012 Networking Brunch & Presentation: Healing the Brain and Body with Food
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