Community Networking Events

Events included in the list below are networking events produced by other professionals/associations that may be of interest to SDPA members.

    • 07/20/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/21/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • The Cottage Clinic in Rancho Santa Fe, California
    Hold Me Tight© Couples Workshop 
    Relationship Enrichment Retreat in San Diego

    For All Committed Couples

    Facilitated by: Dr. Diana Weiss-Wisdom
    Licensed Psychologist #12476 
    Assisted by: EFT Therapists

    The Cottage Clinic in Rancho Santa Fe, California
    July 20-21, 2019

    Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    For more information, call (858) 259-0146,
    Please join us for this positive, research-based workshop for all couples that want to strengthen and deepen their relationship.

    Would you like to stop feeling lonely and start feeling safe, secure, and loved?

    Are you getting married and want a proven pre-marital preparation program?

    Do you want to feel even closer and more connected to your partner?
    $765 per couple, early bird rate ends June 1st.  After June 1st, the price per couple is $795. Includes yummy, healthy lunches, engaging, informative, fun presentations, private time for structured exercises with your partner, and support when needed from assisting therapists.

    CE's are available for all mental health professionals who attend with their partner.

    Over the weekend you will:
    • Identify strengths in your relationships;
    • Discover what is at the root of most conflicts;
    • Learn to be more accessible, responsive, and emotionally engaged with each other;
    • Discover the key moments that shape romantic, loving relationships;
    • Have structured skill building exercises to work on with your partner in private.

    This workshop is based on Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and the best selling book, "Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love" by Dr. Sue Johnson. EFT focuses on creating and strengthening the emotional bond between partners by identifying and transforming the key moments that foster an adult loving relationship. Research shows that at least 7 out of 10 couples who go through EFT move from relationship distress to relationship satisfaction.

    Hold Me Tight© is a trademark of Sue Johnson

    • 07/25/2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Searsucker

    • 07/31/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant

    The San Diego GSRD Forum’s Summer Cocktail Mixer!

    Your Hosts: Jennifer Rehor, LMFT and John McConnell, PhD 

    Wednesday, July 31, 2019

    6:30pm – 9:00pm

    94thAero Squadron Restaurant
    8885 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92123

    Look for us in the Back Patio area

    Please Bring
    Your partner(s)

    Please RSVP by Tuesday, July 30th to Sandra Koellmann at:

    Who Is Invited?

    Mental Health Providers (Licensed or Certified by the State), Academics at a College or University, and Students, in an advanced program working toward licensure or certification, 
    whose professional work is dedicated to affirming Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD)

    GSRD is more expansive than LGBTQ. 
    For example, GSRD affirms the following, and more:

    - Persons who are Agender, Gender-Queer and Gender Fluid,  
    - “Spicy Sex” such as Kink, Bondage, Pain-Play, Fetish, Role-Play
    - Open, Poly, Swinging and Power Exchange Relationships.

    Our Goals

    To share food, drink, and conversation.  We want to build community, offer referral resources/networks, socialize, provide each other peer-to-peer support, and create synergy to generate projects. Please support the venue by ordering from their delicious beverage and food menus 

    • 09/06/2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • 5580 Overland Avenue, Suite 100, San Diego

    We want you to join our Disaster Psychology Committee because the existing members are aging out!  We are an innovative, forward thinking group but we need fresh minds, experience and ideas for the future!! 

    September 6, 2019
    2:00 pm
    5580 Overland Avenue, Suite 100
    San Diego, CA 92123-1294

    As an introduction to this area of psychology practice, we invite you to go with us on a tour of the SD County Office of Emergency Operations (OES) in Kearny Mesa. This opportunity is unique and informative!  You will learn how our county is prepared for natural and man-made disasters, more about your role as a clinician and citizen, how you can counsel your clientele and options for training in disaster preparedness and response. 

    Contact Dr. Wendy Tayer at:  wtayer@ucsd.eduwith your RSVP, questions or comments.  I look forward to hearing from you!

    • 10/26/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Brandman University Campus

    San Diego Bowen Family Systems Theory Conference

    Register Online:

    Saturday, October 26, 2019
    9 AM to 5:00 PM


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

    • Conference Presenter: Michael Kerr, M.D., Director Bowen Theory Academy, Director Emeritus Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in D.C.

       Conference Topic: “Applying Natural Systems Thinking at the Cellular, Family, and Societal Levels.”

      Registration Fee: Licensed professionals/others - $200.00; Students/Trainees/Interns - $125.00 (Registration fully refundable by September 27, 2019).

      6.5 CE Credits – Conference approved by CPA – Office of Professional Development to sponsor continuing professional education to California licensed PSY/LMFT/LCSW. (#SOU042) 

      This conference includes four distinct presentations (two theoretical and two clinical) to illustrate the necessity of using natural systems thinking to understand biological and psychological complexity at multiple levels; cellular, family and society.

      This conference is designed to help you:

      1.    Assess a new theory about how cancers develop; TOFT Tissue Organization Field Theory; Relevance to Cancer and Bowen Theory
      2.    Explain how chronic anxiety plays a critical role in the development of all clinical symptoms.
      3.    Apply Bowen’s concept of basic self to assess the level of differentiation in an emotionally challenged individual.
      4.    Contrast Murray Bowen’s concept of emotional fusion in the parent/child relationship with John Bowlby’s description for attachment maladjustment between mother and child.
      5.    Discuss Bowen’s earliest research that led to the development of his concepts of fusion and unresolved emotional attachment.
      6.    Examine a clinical case and discuss the emotional process that can foster the development of psychopathy.
      7.    Explain how the variables in a family emotional process can lead to regression in the individual or the family as well a manifest at the broader level, resulting in Bowen’s concept of societal regression.

      Conference focus influenced in part by the title of Michael Kerr’s new book,Bowen Theory’s Secrets: Revealing the Hidden Life of Families 2019, W.W. Norton (

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

      Contact Phone: 619 525-7747

      Contact Email:;


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