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Letter from the Board
November 01, 2015
Dear SVC-CAMFT Member,
SVC-CAMFT had a very busy month. We had a wonderful panel on LGBTQ issues for our monthly breakfast meeting. We received great feedback and are very thankful to those in the community that gave their time to be with us and educate us. Also thank you to our own Heather Blessing for the invaluable information she shared. It was greatly appreciated by all.
We have upcoming elections for the 2016 board. Please look for an email ballot mid November and vote.
We will not be having a breakfast meeting in November or December, but look forward to seeing everyone on Friday, January 15, 2016 for our Membership Meeting that will be at 9:00AM before our Monthly training which starts at 10:00am.
In December we will start sending out renewal reminders via email. Remember you must be a state CAMFT member to be a member of Sacramento Valley Chapter of CAMFT, so make sure your CAMFT membership is current.
Welcome to the section of the SVC-CAMFT newsletter, Legal Beagle written
by Darlene Davis, LMFT. The chapter thought it would be helpful to keep you
updated on new laws, legislative pursuits or actions, as well as ongoing legal
and ethical dilemmas we all face in our career as Licensed Marriage and Family
Therapists, Interns, and Trainees. Please feel free to ask questions that you
have and I will do my best to investigate and post your answer in the
newsletter. Please note that articles are based on information from CAMFT
and/or the BBS and have been researched to the best of my ability. This is not
meant to be legal advice. Please
contact CAMFT or Board of Behavioral Sciences for any legal matters you need
(For those who chose to have their ballot mailed by postal mail - those will also be going out in mid November)
is also looking still looking for Committee Volunteers:
Send an email to email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering for the board with your contact information and the position(s) or types of things you are interested in. Join us in making SVC-CAMFT the best it can be!
In December look for your renewal notice and remember to renew so you don't lose your great benefits. Please note - all SVC-CAMFT members must also be a member of the state CAMFT so make sure your CAMFT membership is up to date and you have your membership number in your profile.
October Presentation Summary
LGBTQIA Panel (2 CEUs)
Presenters: Ellie Zacks, Ph.D Heather Blessing, LMFT James Tiehm, Family Law Attorney Marietta Rubien, LCSW
In this month’s training, four professionals shared their knowledge and experiences in working with LGBTQIA individuals. Attendees were given extensive handouts that included LGBTQIA resources, breakdown of terms and their proper usage, legal issues, and case studies. Each presenter spoke for approximately 15 minutes and then a 50 minute questions/discussion period was held.
Ellie Zacks, Ph.D stressed that when working with LGBTQIA clients, it is important to be supportive, recognize your own unconscious prejudices, and seek consultation when needed. She presented guidelines for working with LGBTQIA individuals and provided a link to “Practice Guidelines for LGB Clients” published by the APA: http://apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/guidelines.aspx
Heather Blessing, LMFT spoke about her work with LGBTQIA clients and discussed discrimination experienced by LGBTQIA individuals. She shared that to date, this year there have been 20 murders of transgender individuals, 18 of which were “people of color”. Lastly, Heather educated the group on the proper use of appropriate pronouns and terminology.
James Tiehm, Family Law Attorney presented on LGBTQIA legal issues. He detailed several relevant court cases and explained current legal issues affecting LGBTQIA people. He said that “As LGBTQ persons we’re coming out all the time”, and talked about how this can be difficult for people, i.e. having to repeatedly explain or define yourself to others.
Marietta Rubien, LCSW talked about labels we give ourselves and that are given to us by others. She explained that in the womb we are neutral and then at birth we are immediately given labels i.e. boy/girl and your name. “When we move through life we are juggling our labels.” She talked about her efforts in therapy to see her clients’ true selves, “who are you behind your labels?”, and asserted that “if we just describe the label, we miss the beauty.” Summary by Joe Borders, LMFT
January Meeting Information
Annual Membership Meeting
Date: Friday, January 15, 2016 Time: 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM Location: New Location To Be Announced
Agenda: To Be Announced
Topic:TBA Presenter: TBA Date:Friday, January 15, 2016 Time:9:45 AM to 12:00PM Location: New Location To Be Announced Networking begins at 9:45 AM - Training starts at 10:00 AM
This program will benefit MFT and LCSW licensees and pre licensees.
Continental Breakfast and meets the qualifications for 2 hours of
continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as
required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Sacramento
Valley Chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapist CAMFT CEPA
CE Provider #62279 CE Credit will be awarded on site and to
participants at completion of the course
2016 Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or another local chaptersof CAMFT: $20
2016 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or another local chapter of CAMFT: $15
*Add $5 for late or "at-door" registration
For information on joining SVC-CAMFT or renewing your membership for 2016 please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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fewer than 7 days prior to an event. No credit, refunds, or price
adjustments will be given for typographical advertisement errors. A $25
fee in addition to the registration fee will be charged for insufficient
funds, denied credit cards, or charge-backs. By registering for the
event you agree to the terms of the Refund Policy.
All Diagnosis Codes Changed October
1, 2015 to ICD-10 Codes
The DSM-5 came
out in 2013, and some of us are still getting used to changes in some of our most
frequently-used diagnoses. Well hang on, and spread the word: ALL diagnosis
codes are changing on October 1, 2015. This affects ALL therapists, both network providers and
Think of DSM codes as the psychiatric section of an extensive list of all
medical diagnoses called the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). So
if you are asked for an ICD diagnosis, don’t worry – you can use a DSM code and
it will be the same.
Right now the
DSM codes we are using are from the ICD-Ninth Edition, or ICD-9. But these codes are changing to a new code
set, the ICD-10. This means for all session dates October 1, 2015 and
after, you must transition to the ICD-10 diagnosis code numbers for the same diagnoses
we’ve been using. To clarify: If you've been using the DSM-5, the diagnoses themselves
aren't changing, just the codes.
some good news:
For each diagnosis in the DSM-5 you will see listed both the ICD-9 codes in
black and bold (for use prior to October 1st), as well as the ICD-10 codes (in
gray and parentheses, starting with a letter) for use starting October 1st.
But warning: Looking only at category headings
may lead to claim denials. For example, if you look up "Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder," you will see the current code 309.81, followed
by an ICD-10 code F43.10. However,
this is the ICD-10 code for "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,
Unspecified." You should avoid
"Unspecified" diagnoses, as plans may not reimburse for them. Also, while it may seem from looking at
the heading that PTSD has only one code, there are sub-codes within this and
many other diagnosis categories. Examine
the criteria for each subcode to find the best diagnosis for your case. Tip: Page 839 of the DSM-5 has a
helpful and easy to use Alphabetical Listing of diagnoses, with both the ICD-9
and ICD-10 codes for each.
One other important caution: Many plans won't pay if you only list a "phase of life issue"
(what was a V-code in the ICD-9, now a Z-code in the ICD-10).
on the CMS-1500 claim: Put the new diagnoses in Box 21. Don't include parentheses or write the
diagnosis name on the claim. However, in the upper right-hand corner of Box 21 where it
asks for ICD-In (ICD Indicator), for sessions starting October 1st you should
put a “0” (not a “10”) where you currently put a 9 — just before the vertical
dashed line -- to indicate you are using the ICD-10.
if I submit claims after October 1st for sessions prior to October 1st?”
A: Use ICD-9 codes for dates of
service prior to October 1st, and ICD-10 codes for sessions October 1st and
after. Use separate claims for any
pre-October dates of service and one for those October 1st and after.
thought the Codes just changed in 2013?"
A: Those were the CPT Codes, which are the
codes for the type of therapy provided (couple/family, diagnostic intake,
psychotherapy 45 minutes, etc), not for diagnoses.
Q: "What should I do to prepare for the
you use claims software, a claims clearinghouse, or a billing service, make
sure it is ready for the transition.
And it may be time to shell out for your DSM-5 if
you haven’t already. You can get your copy from the American
Psychiatric Association or
from Amazon.com (save money by ordering the paperback).
Barbara Griswold, LMFT is the author
of Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist’s
Complete Guide to Working with Insurance – And Whether You Should, now out it its 6th edition. She has a private practice in San Jose,
California, and she invites you to contact her with your insurance questions
and problems. Visit her website at www.theinsurancemaze.com to subscribe to her
free monthly e-newsletter, to read helpful articles, to view her workshop
schedule, or to schedule a consultation.
views expressed in the Special Feature Articles do not
necessarily reflect the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CAMFT or CAMFT.
They should be
understood as the personal opinions of the author. No information in
this articles will be understood as official. Other views and
commentary are welcome and will be published as long as they are
respectful and stick to the topic.
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Psyched about Books and Movies
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Title: The Bucket List Rated: PG-13 Released: 2007 Reviewer:Heather Blessing, LMFT Review: This movie has so many thoughtful processes that the characters go through. From realizing that death does not care what you social economic status is to dealing with death. Two men (one that was a mechanic and one that owns the hospital they are in) decide to make a bucket list. The well off man starts out with his being a list of things he felt he deserved because of his station in life and that he was going to die. The lists become so much more and means so much more as both men try to live what remains of their lives to the fullest. Most importantly it is the change of their perspectives through this process that make them better people.
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