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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Chapter members,

As 2017 comes to a close, i would like to thank you all for being a part of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of EAPA. Whether you have come to one, or all of our monthly meetings, we would like you to know that your support has been, and continues to be greatly appreciated. It’s been a good year for SFV EAPA. In February, we moved to our current location at Foundations Recovery Network in Encino, and they couldn’t be a more gracious host. Their clean, comfortable environment with abundant free parking, is more than we could have hoped for. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Foundations from the bottom of my heart.

Our presentations this year have been nothing less than stellar. In addition to receiving CEU’s and PDH’s for the presentations, our members have been presented with valuable and stimulating information. A huge thanks to all our presenters. We hope to continue with the same caliber of educational opportunities in 2018. I have a few special thank you’s to our 2017 Board Of Directors members.

To your outgoing President Frank Mazzola, thank you for your leadership and guidance throughout the year. It has been a challenge, at times, to “keep the wheels on the bus” but you’ve managed to do just that. Though our attendance has fluctuated, in 2017 we’ve seen some of the largest “crowds” at our meetings, that we have had in several years.

Thank you to Naheed Awan Carter for not only introducing us to Foundations Recovery, but for being our “go to” person for everything from Program Chair to making sure the Panera orders arrive as scheduled.

Thank you Jane Snowden Galvin for helping to find and set up our amazing presenters for the year and making sure our presentations are submitted for CEU’s and PDH’s.

Thanks to Bob Rosenblum for getting our CEU’s and PDH’s out (challenging handwriting not withstanding). Thank you Ron Supancic for your help as an At Large member and for last month’s presentation on Handling Difficult People in the workplace (still curious as to why you kept looking at me ;-)

Thanks to Rudy Gartner for getting our email blasts out (albeit via long distance much of the time).

And a special Thank You to David Lisonbee for not only manning the treasurer helm, but for single handedly completing the provider transition for our CEU’s from the BBS to CAMFT. This has been a Herculean effort and David made nary a whimper accomplishing it.

As your new Chapter President (once again), it will be my pleasure to help grow the Chapter and provide the quality of workshops and networking opportunities that we can all be proud of...but I do need your help. When we reconvene in January, i ask, not only for YOUR participation, but please let your friends and colleagues know about us. Invite, cajole, coerce (hoodwink if you must), but please do your best to introduce prospective new members to our Chapter. Here’s the “elevator pitch”... ‘not only do you get coffee, tea, bagels and pastries, but you receive 2 CEU’s and PDH’s for a meager $15/ members and $20/ non-members. Think of it... at 10 months out of the year, January through October, that’s 20 CEU’s and or PDH’s PER YEAR. That’s 40 CEU’s and PDH’s in a two year licensing period which generally only requires 36. All you have to do is 6 hours for Law & Ethics for your license renewal. Not to mention the networking opportunity, a chance to meet new colleagues and catch up with old friends.’ 2018 is going to be an outstanding year for SFV EAPA. We would love for you to continue to be a part of it. Wishing you all, The Happiest Of Holidays.

Until January... Charles M. Litman, Ph.D., MFT, CISM, TFT, EAS-C

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