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    • 03/14/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Brandman University Campus

    San Diego Bowen Family Systems Theory Conference

    Saturday, March 14, 2020
    9 AM to 5:00 PM

    Brandman University Campus
    7460 Mission Valley Road
    San Diego. CA. 91910

    Contact Phone: 619 525-7747

    Contact Email:

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    Conference Presenter:  Daniel Papero, Ph.D. Senior Faculty from the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Washington, D.C.

     Conference Topic: “Bowen Theory’s Concept of Cut-off and its Importance to Family Psychotherapy”

    Registration Fee:  Licensed professionals/others - $200.00; Students/Trainees/Interns - $125.00 (Registration fully refundable by February 15, 2020).

    6.5 CE Credits – Conference approved by California Psychological Association– Office of Professional Development to sponsor continuing professional education to California licensed PSY/LMFT/LCSW. (#SOU042) Sothern CA Education & Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

    Topic Overview:

    One of the later concepts added to Bowen Theory’s eight concepts, the concept of “Cut-off,” addresses the emotional distance that develops between generations in a family system. More colloquially the term has been employed to describe the emotional distance that can occur between family members, not just cross-generationally. The loss of emotional contact can occur in many ways marked by intense anger to a gradual slow-drifting loss of contact over time. This conference will review the concept of cut-off, it’s appearance and function for the family unit and the benefits and costs that flow from it. It will also review the clinician’s efforts to address cut-off in a family system. While each clinician may approach it slightly differently, the basic techniques of coaching appear to be universal and will be discussed.

    Course Content and Learning Objectives:

    1.      Review Bowen Family Systems Theory’s concept of cut-off.
    2.      Discuss the four components of cut-off.
    3.      Review the relevant neuroscience on theories of emotion and the relevance to family emotional process as understood in Bowen Theory.
    4.      Discuss the dynamics of distancing.
    5.      Explain the function of cut-off in a family system.
    6.      Analyze the costs/benefits of cut-off to the individual and to the family system.
    7.      Describe the first steps in reversing a cut-off.
    8.      Review the clinician’s efforts to address cut-off in a family system.
    9.      Discuss five function of the Bowen coach/clinician and describe the application of the fundamentals of “coaching through cut-off.”

    Contact Name: Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D. (PSY15774), Director - Southern CA Education & Training in Bowen Family Systems Theory

    To request accommodation for special needs, please contact Dr. Jacobs.
      • 03/21/2020
      • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
      • SDPA Office

      Transgender 101: An Introduction to Treatment and Evaluation of Transgender Clients - 3 CEs

      Presenter: Christine Calix, PhD

      Saturday, March 21, 2020
      9:00 am - 12:15 pm

      SDPA Office
      4699 Murphy Canyon Rd.
      San Diego, California 92123
      (In the United Way Building)

      Missteps by the clinician can easily occur in evaluation/treatment with transgender clients.  As research, clinical experience, and client feedback in this area have cumulated, “best practices” are being established, such as the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care (2011) and the APA Practice Guidelines for Transgender Clients (2015).

      This course is designed to give the clinician presented with evaluation and/or treatment of a transgender client the preparation to understand the client’s clinical needs, to create a safe environment for exploration of gender identity, and to be able to assist with making decisions regarding the transition process. Basic competence for providing care will be highlighted, along with some tips and general guidelines for understanding and providing competent care to this population.

      This course will cover:

      • Performing a gender assessment
      • Adapting the informed consent process for transgender clients
      • Exploring treatment options and determine readiness for medical referrals
      • Designing an affirmative treatment plan, which also takes into account family, work, and social factors
      • Understanding the unique challenges facing the transgender client in today’s society
      • Demonstrating different modalities and treatment approaches to treating transgender clients


      Licensed psychologists, graduate students, and allied mental health professionals


      Dr. Christine Calix has had extensive experience with treatment and evaluation of the transgender population which has included treatment and evaluation of these clients in several clinical settings, including the military, correctional, and private practice settings. She has been a practicing clinical psychologist in San Diego for 39 years, since obtaining her doctorate in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in 1980. She has worked as a clinical psychologist in the US Navy; the County of San Diego Mental Health, Forensic Division; California Department of Corrections;  and for the last 17 years, with Psychiatric Centers at San Diego. She has taught at the University of California School of Medicine, San Diego State University, Alliant University, and National University. She has done numerous workshops on gender identity, the treatment and evaluation of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, and the transitioning process in transgender clients. Dr. Calix transitioned in 2019.

      To be eligible for CE credits you must sign in and out of the course.

      Conflicts of Interest:  As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, San Diego Psychological Association is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Please review the conflict of interest guideline below.

      APA Guidelines Regarding Potential Conflicts of Interest:
      Consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair his or her objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.

      The SDPA CE Committee has reviewed and approved this presentation proposal. The speaker(s) have stated there is no commercial support or conflict of interest related to this program.

      Attendance Policy: CE Credit and Certificates will not be issued to those who arrive later than 10 minutes or leave early from any course scheduled time. This policy is strictly enforced to ensure compliance with APA Guidelines.

      Cancellation Policy:  No refund will be given to any registered individual who is a no-show to a course. Any individual canceling within 72 hours of a course will be refunded 50% of the course fee.                                                                

      The San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SDPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

      In California, APA approved CE’s are valid for licensed psychologists, licensed school psychologists, LCSW, LFMT, LEP & LPCC licensees. Though APA is a national organization, the out of state licensee should check with their state governing board to make sure that APA approved CE'’s are valid in their state for their license. 

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