President’s Message: With Gratitude

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

At last, and with great pleasure, we launch Voices, our new LA-CAMFT monthly eBulletin. The planning and development required to move from our word-doc newsletter produced only six times a year, to a monthly digital bulletin, was truly a tour de force. Though we didn’t want so much time to lapse between our May/June Newsletter and the introduction of Voices, this baby was worth waiting for! It will allow us to have a more current and dynamic connection among LA-CAMFT members, and between our chapter and the broader field in which we practice. Please let us know what you think so that we can continue to grow with you.

Though it was not premeditated, I like that we’re launching in November, during the season of late harvest and giving thanks. Please join me in expressing gratitude to Rena Jacobs for overseeing project development, Judith Weigle for taking on the role of eBulletin Editor, Laurel Jones for the design & implementation, and to Christina Bielfelt for continuing as point person extraordinaire for paid advertisements.

On November 9th we will hold our annual Appreciation Dinner, celebrating the many people who have contributed their time and talent to sustain LA-CAMFT in 2015. While I do not have space to give tribute to everyone in this message, I would like to acknowledge several who have made significant contributions to our chapter in recent months.

Gratitude to Jonathan Flier and Darlene Basch for masterfully leading the search and negotiating the contract for our new home – The Olympic Collection – and for organizing our monthly networking events. The relocation takes place in January 2016. This will be another significant transition for us, one that we eagerly anticipate for enhanced menu options in a luxurious yet affordable space.

Gratitude to Victoria Goldfarb and Judith Weigle for envisioning, designing, and guiding the Constructive Uncoupling special interest group from “a good idea” to full implementation. It launched on October 14th.

Gratitude to Lori Chaikin and Hilary Kern for nurturing and building a cohesive Expressive Arts leadership team and holding a very successful ExArts workshop on September 20th.

Gratitude to Lynne Biehl for accepting the responsibility of chairing the Social Media Committee and giving LA-CAMFT a presence on Facebook! If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to join the LA-CAMFT Facebook group so you can post announcements pertaining to your practice, requests for referrals, upcoming events, and articles of interest.

In recent years, research psychologists have established a substantive base of evidence for what many have intuitively known for centuries: The “neuroscience of giving thanks” shows us exactly what happens in our brain chemistry when a focus on gratitude results in decreased anxiety and depression, and increased energy and well-being. As you enter this season of thanksgiving, my wish for you is to consciously focus on the good in your life and to become overwhelmed with gratitude each and every day.

Randi Gottlieb
President, LA-CAMFT