Welcome to the East Bay Chapter of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists), a diverse local community of professionals who seek to further the profession. We are an active membership of Licensed MFTs, (and affiliate professionals such as LCSWs. LPCCs, Psychologists, etc.), Prelicensed Associates and Trainees, and Community Partners.  East Bay CAMFT serves our community by providing resources to fit the broad range of needs that comprise our membership from our E-tree Google Group Forum, Networking Events, CE Presentations, Mentorships, socials, and our 3000 Hour Club.  We are here to support your professional growth. – EBCAMFT Board of Directors

Upcoming events

June 28, 2019 12:00 PM • Orchid's Thai, 4133 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611
July 06, 2019 9:00 AM • Preservation Park, Nile Hall, 668 13th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
July 08, 2019 12:00 PM • Agave Uptown Restaurant, 2135 Franklin, Oakland, CA 94612
September 21, 2019 4:00 PM • Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA


Friday, June 14, 2019


Bay Street Mall, Emeryville

Then 7/12, 8/9

9/13, 10/11, and 11/8

Same time and location

Call 800-890-1962 for details


Special Competencies for Working with Couples:

Taking Your Skills to the Next Level

Presented by a Panel of Speakers Including:

Michelle Joy, Dr. Talal Alsaleem, Courtney Watson, LMFT, & Sherryl Weston, LCSW

Topics include:

Working effectively with hostile, angry or conflict-avoidant couples

Helping couples heal from infidelity

Working with Intersectional couples

What you need to know about atypical sexual practices (Kink, polyamory, etc.)

Date:  July 6, 2019  

Luncheon:  9 - 3 pm (8:30 check-in)

Location:  Preservation Park

Nile Hall

668 13th Street

Oakland, CA 94612

EB CAMFT Prelicensed (Student or Associate) Members - $60

EB CAMFT Licensed Members - $85

Other Membership Categories and Guests - $95

Price includes lunch!

To Register, Click Here

(Each person registering must register separately)

Course Description:

This workshop presents a panel of peer practitioners who will help therapists improve their competency to treat several challenging, sensitive, or a-typical issues that may present in couples therapy.  

Learning Objectives:

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Utilize tools to treat angry, hostile, or conflict-avoidant couples
  2. Implement strategies to help couples heal from infidelity
  3. Utilize increased awareness to treat special challenges that intersectional couples face (such as LBGTQ, interracial, interreligious, bicultural, etc.)
  4. Treat a-typical sexual practices that present in couples therapy ethically and sensitively


  • Course meets the qualifications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • East Bay Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #52488) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs.  East Bay Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

**IMPORTANT REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY**  You may cancel for a full refund up to 10 days in advance of the event, or a 50% refund between 5 and 10 days in advance of the event. No refunds for cancellations within 5 days of the event or for no-shows or failure to attend due to emergencies.  Unused funds cannot be applied to future events. NO EXCEPTIONS!  If the event is cancelled for any reason, you will receive a full refund.  

**By registering for the event you agree to the terms of the Cancellation/Refund Policy**

For general information, special needs, ADA accommodations, or grievances: 

Please contact Sandy at admin@ebcamft.org.  You will receive a response within 24 hours.  Note: Deadline for requesting ADA accommodations is two weeks prior to the workshop so that we may have time to properly accommodate you.

Please noteCertificates 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. 

About the Speakers: 

 Michelle Joy, MFT, has been associated with The Couples Institute where she uses to deliver state of the art, effective tools for couples. Michelle offers Communication Workshops for ALL couples.  Michelle also co-leads Marriage Prep 101 Workshops for Engaged, Newly Married, or Seriously Dating couples with her husband, Dan Joy, for couples interested in Bay Area premarital counseling. A graduate in The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy – Advanced Level, Michelle is a go-to person on the Couples Institute staff for professional trainings.  Michelle helps couples reach their goals using latest advancements in differentiation and neuroscience, which ranks among one of the leading applications in psychotherapy.  

  Dr. Talal H. Alsaleem is an award-winning marriage counselor and researcher, is recognized as a leading expert in the field of infidelity counseling. He is the author of the acclaimed book, Infidelity: The Best Worst Thing that Could Happen to Your Marriage, and the founder of the Infidelity Counseling Center. His research interests and clinical work are focused on identifying the causes of infidelity and providing the best treatment for recovery from its impact. He developed Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy (SART) ™, a method of infidelity counseling that has helped hundreds of couples navigate the challenges of the healing journey from affairs. Dr. Alsaleem is an international lecturer and speaker. His engaging talks have helped many counselors broaden their understanding of infidelity and gain the necessary clinical tools to help their clients recover from affairs. 

  Courtney Watson, LMFT and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist running a group practice in Oakland, California. All of the clinicians at Doorway Therapeutic Services are Queer Black women who are meeting a variety of psychotherapeutic needs for the QTPOC community. We work with queer people of color, trans/gender non conforming/non binary/two spirit individuals, kinky and poly folks as well as allies to these communities

  Sheryl Weston, LCSW is a multicultural, internationally raised Air Force Brat whose husband is Chicano. Her experience in social work spans over four decades and crosses into an expansive racial, cultural, lifestyle and international family units. Included are mail order brides, Hurricane Katrina and Rita survivors, from Asia, Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. She began her professional career as a special education teacher.



End the summer with a BANG!

Oakland Athletics Baseball and Fireworks Social

Date: Saturday September 21, 2019

Time:  4:00 p.m. Tailgating / 6:07 p.m. Game Begins

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This year we have reserved tickets for the last fireworks night of the year. The A’s will be playing the Texas Rangers to close out the last of their home games for the 2019 regular season. 

In order to secure a special group ticket price we do need people to register and prepay for this event.

We will need to place our initial order with the Athletics on Thursday, August 29th at 10 a.m.


Through our group discount we are purchasing tickets for only $28 each.  

(Tickets are non-refundable)


Friends and family are welcome to join!


To reserve tickets for this event, please click HERE

Once you have reserved your tickets and paid,

your tickets will be emailed to you the first week of September

Please note: Guaranteed registration ends at 10 am on Thursday, August 29th.

**If you purchase multiple tickets, you will be seated together. 

Note: Please contact Craig if you want to be seated with someone who registered separately 

Please keep in mind your registration is not complete until payment is secured.


The tailgate social will officially be held between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

                                    Of course, people are welcome to stay in the parking lot for as long as they like                                          or you can skip tailgating and attend just the game if you prefer

Please bring your own food, beverages and supplies to the tailgate party. 


The Oakland Coliseum is easily accessible by BART. Parking will be $20 at the gate. 


Craig Toonder is coordinating this event. 

Please email Craig Toonder directly at ctoondermft@gmail.com with any questions about the event.

For day of event issues or problems, please call Craig Toonder, MFT at 510-499-7137.

For Psychotherapists

We are an association of licensed and pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) and mental-health professionals with related licenses. We are dedicated to supporting one another's professional lives through opportunities for continuing education, networking, consultation, social connection, increasing public awareness of who we are and what we offer, and participating in legislative efforts to advance our profession.

East Bay CAMFT serves its members as a comprehensive source of quality information and training for best practices that include the most current clinical, marketing and business practices; and a compelling on-line presence for professionals and the public. It is our aim to be known for extensive community building and networking.  East Bay CAMFT is an efficient and transparent organization that uses its financial resources for maximum benefit to its members. The East Bay CAMFT Board encourages its members to be involved and contribute to their profession through participation in its working committees, its on- line newsletter, and its programs for the membership and the public. And finally, because of the way we conduct our chapter, East Bay CAMFT is a model that provides leadership to our parent organization, CAMFT, and to other state and national organizations."  -

East Bay CAMFT Vision Statement    Adopted June, 2011

Not Yet a Member?

Clinicians who are not members of East Bay CAMFT are invited to peruse almost all of the reading material available here on the Website. On our site you will find opportunities to earn requiredCEU units, information on our organizational activities, and many other valuable services. East Bay CAMFT, which serves both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, is the largest CAMFT chapter in Northern California. CAMFT is the professional organization for MFTs in the State of California. We began as a network in 1980, and received our charter from CAMFT in 1985. The Chapter is active in providing training, social and networking events, and public services to the community. We welcome your participation!


EBCAMFT 2019 Board of Directors

President:  Susan Kelsey

President Elect:  Open

Secretary: Heather Brostrand

Treasurer: Jason Ranieri

Membership Director:  Danielle Dekker

Program Director:  Tu Hoang

Hospitality Director:  Karen Yu

Prelicensed Director: Associate Representative:  Kaela Farrise

Prelicensed Director: Student Representative:  Audrey Majerczak

Member-at-Large/Social Media Director: Laura Friedeberg

Member-at-Large: Beth Hermosillo


East Bay Chapter, CA Association of Marriage and Family Therapists 

P.O Box 6278 Albany, CA 94706 




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