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  • 23 Jun 2017 3:12 PM | Deleted user

    Divorce Mediation Group offers Divorce 101, a free monthly workshop for those considering divorce or already in the process.  Learn about the divorce process and how mediation compares to litigation.  Our next workshop is Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 9:00-1:00.  Register here.  We hope to see you there.

  • 29 Oct 2016 9:54 AM | Mary Clark

    International clinician, author and professor Dr. Barry McCarthy is offering a workshop entitled Sex Made Simple in Carlsbad on November 14th and in San Diego on November 15th for 6 CEU's.   Dr McCarthy is a Certified Sex Therapist and will discuss clinical strategies for sexual issues in therapy. For more information go to or call 800-844-8260. 

  • 18 Jun 2016 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    Please attend Divorce 101, a comprehensive, hands-on workshop, where you will learn about divorce procedure, divorce mediation, divorce financial matters, and the effects of divorce on families.  Perfect for therapists who wish to learn more about divorce to help their clients -- or -- ideal for your clients who want to understand the process.

    Divorce 101 is held one Saturday morning a month from 9:00 - 12:00.  We are proud to partner with National University, who provides their campuses for each workshop. Locations vary.  For June, we will be meeting at the Spectrum Business Park Campus of National University: 

    9388 Lightwave Avenue

    San Diego, CA 92123

    Please follow this link for more information and to register. 

  • 07 Jun 2016 11:14 AM | Deleted user

    Calm and compelling, spacious yet intimate, furnished psychotherapy office to share. Accommodates both individual meetings and groups of 8-10 comfortably. On internal patio/garden so feels even more spacious.

    Class A building with a mental and health professional community. Private waiting room, some storage space available. Amenities include inside parking, ample free outside parking for patients/clients, fast internet connection,fax/scanner/copier, small refrigerator, microwave.

    Time availability: all day Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends; all evenings after 6:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays; earlier on other evenings.

    Cost pro-rated based on number of hours reserved.

    Pictures available upon request.

    Please contact Nina Stark - 760-633-2437 ( 24 hr. answering service) or Consults@Nina

  • 30 Apr 2016 7:33 PM | Anonymous

    “Relaxation & Stress Reduction” is a 10 week group that utilizes mindfulness skills & techniques to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault progress through their healing journey. Topics include body awareness, breathing, progressive relaxation, meditation, visualization, Qi Gong, refuting irrational thoughts, coping skills, goal setting, time management, assertiveness, nutrition, and exercise!


    Starting Date: Monday, May 9th– July 25th

    Time:  3:30pm -5:00pm

    Location: CCS El Cajon Office–460 N. Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA

                     *No group on Monday May 30th& July 4th

     If you are interested in this group contact Kortney

    at (619) 697-7477 Ext. 115

    This is a completely free, open group that meets for 10 weekly sessions. This group is for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault who are 18 years of age or older.

    Relaxation Stress Reduction Group Flyer (1).pdf

  • 20 Apr 2016 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    Divorce Mediation Group (DMG) is proud to offer the first in a series of workshops designed to help therapists help their clients through the stress and trauma of divorce and separation.

    Please join us Wednesday, April 20, 9:00-12:00 (at Marina Village), for "Divorce Mediation and the High Conflict Personality" presented by DMG mediators Judge Susan P. Finlay (Retired) and Bill Eddy, family law attorney, mediator and LCSW.  

    The fee for CAMFT members is $30; for non-member $35. 

    Register HERE.

    For more information please send an email.

    Divorce Mediation Group (DMG) is proud to offer the first in a series of workshops designed to help therapists help their clients through the stress and trauma of divorce and separation.

    Please join us Wednesday, April 20, 9:00-12:00 (at Marina Village), for "Divorce Mediation and the High Conflict Personality" presented by DMG mediators Judge Susan P. Finlay (Retired) and Bill Eddy, family law attorney, mediator and LCSW.  

    The fee for CAMFT members is $30; for non-member $35. 

    Register HERE.

    For more information please send an email.

  • 08 Mar 2016 4:09 PM | Deleted user

    Whether you call it Mars vs. VenusLeft Brain vs. Right Brain, or Men's Brains are made of little boxes; Women's brains are like wires, the general consensus is that men and women have different, often conflicting, communication styles. That difference in styles may be just the match to light the fire in a litigated divorce settlement, stopping resolution in its tracks. Divorce mediation, on the other hand, allows for these differences to help couples resolve their issues in a creative, civil way. In this article entitled “Male and Female Communication: Differences Worth Noting,” three noted experts, Deborah Tannen, linguistics professor and author of You Just Don’t Understand, John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, and Lillian Glass, PhD, author of He Says, She Says: Closing the Gap Between the Sexes offer up their lists of communication characteristics by gender. Basically, they break it down into this: 

    • Women want intimacy in conversation, to feel connected to others.
    • Men want to give information while remaining independent of the other party. 

    During divorce, it’s easy to see how communications can break down, especially when caught up in the stress of adversarial litigation. Please see the experts’ lists below, specifically the differences in problem solving and negotiation. 
    Deborah Tannen notes: 

    • Women desire intimacy in conversation, to feel connected to others.
    • Men desire to give information while remaining independent of the other party.
    • Women try to avoid the appearance of “superiority.”
    • Men are comfortable telling others what to do and appearing “superior.”
    • Women want to reach consensus and consult with others before deciding.
    • Men want to get straight to the bottom line and choose without consulting.
    • Women communicate to build relationships.
    • Men communicate to give information, solve problems and show expertise. 

    From John Gray, Ph.D.: 

    • Women use more words to make a point and express more feelings.
    • Men use fewer words and express fewer feelings.
    • Women use conversation to think through a problem and work toward a solution.
    • Men think through a problem privately, then express the solution as the bottom line.
    • Women give feedback with tact, tentativeness and sensitivity to the other person’s feelings.
    • Men give feedback directly and with bluntness, without the intention that it should be taken personally.
    • Women often change the topic in the middle of a conversation, then return to it later.
    • Men tend to finish one topic before going on to the next.  

    And from Lillian Glass, Ph.D.: 

    • Women talk more about relationships. Men talk more about what they did, where they went, etc.
    • Women tend to take verbal rejection more personally than men.
    • Women are more likely than men to ask for help rather than figure things out on their own.
    • Men appear less intuitive and aware of details than women.
    • Women have a more emotional approach to problems. Men have a more analytical approach.
    • Men use fewer voice tones and facial expressions while communicating than women do.
    • Men make more direct statements; there’s less “beating around the bush” with men than with women.  

    With such differing communication styles, divorce mediation, with an experienced, skilled mediator, is more beneficial and productive to a couple than working with opposing attorneys who may feed into those differences, causing a divorce to spiral out of control. When exploring options for navigating divorce, couples discover that divorce mediation is the civil option, allowing them to work with their mediator, who will take the time to temper the conflict created when two communication styles collide.  Because, really, both parties want the same thing: a resolution to their divorce and to move on with their lives in the healthiest way possible.

    About the author:

    Kim Werner, Program Manager

    Divorce Mediation Group

  • 04 Mar 2016 1:15 AM | Kiefer Rich (Administrator)


    Hello Everyone!

    Corrections Corporation of America, a private correction facility in Otay Mesa has 1200 detainee's, 400 of them being criminal element, waiting federal charges, or sentencing.  The other group is Immigrations Custom Enforcement (ICE), waiting for asylum hearings, deportation, or release into the community.  CCA detainees currently receive a very limited amount of programming while in custody and the management of the facility would like to change that!

    I am looking for MFTs or MFT Interns who are interested in delivering group programming in this unique environment and to this under served population. CCA will conduct orientation and training for working inside a detention facility and program supervision will be provided by me. Currently, this is an unpaid experience as it is a pilot program. My hopes are that the community and CCA see the value of providing opportunities to the detainees and eventually turn this into a proper, full time program!

    I am looking for people with experience in facilitating any number of groups, that could include:

    Anger Management

    Addiction ( AA or NA, psychoeducation, Matrix Model, CCSA, etc.)

    Family Therapy

    Healthy Relationships


    Seeking Safety




    Job Skills

    Life Skills

    Assimilation to a foreign country (USA)

    ?Name your group!

    You may provide your own curriculum or use one pre-selected.

    There is a need for many different languages as well.

    Group days and times are still TBD and are very flexible. The average group would last about 2 hours.

    You may volunteer to run one or several groups!

    This is a unique opportunity for both you and the detainees. As a therapist, the opportunity to work inside a correctional facility is rare and adds an element to your experience that not many people have!

    For the detainees, this opens a world of opportunity and educational/therapeutic services that they may never have the opportunity for – help make their time count!

    I have many years experience in developing and implementing re-entry services and understand the special needs of persons being detained.

    If you’re interested, please contact me with any questions and tell me about your interest and what group(s) you are interested in and your availability.

    Kiefer Rich

  • 25 Feb 2016 8:00 AM | Nasim Bavar

    UC San Diego Annual Conference: Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders

    February 25 - 26 2016

    One of three people struggling with substance abuse also reports eating pathology, and up to half of all individuals struggling with eating disorders meet criteria for substance abuse.  While the research suggests improved outcomes when eating disorders and substance abuse are treated concurrently, remarkably few researchers and therapists in either field are fully trained to address BOTH disorders.  Our 3rd annual conference will bring together substance use clinicians and eating disorder clinicians so that we can learn, from each other and a panel of experts, how to best help the millions of individuals struggling with these co-occurring disorders.  The conference offers a series of practical presentations, seminars and experiential training workshops, preparing clinicians with tools they can immediately apply in their practices.  Join us in San Diego—to learn, to network, to grow.

    Early bird rates until Jan. 15

    50% off for students: STUDENT16

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