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"An Overview of Eating Disorders and Ethical Care for Clinicians" by Susan Zelenak RD and Crystal St. John MFT

Crystal St. John works is currently the Program Director for Center for Discovery's Outpatient Eating Disorder program in Temecula as well as works part time in private practice.  Crystal has worked with individual, couples, teen, family, and women's issues for the past decade and has had specific experience in therapy work with healing of relational issues, anxiety, depression, body image issues, eating disorders, exercise addictions and aversions, trauma and women's issues including family transitions and planning as well as perinatal care and maternal wellness, trauma and PTSD.  

In her work, Crystal incorporates evidence-based treatment modalities that include dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) and Restoration Therapy through the lens of a strengths-based approach and EMDR. Crystal is also a licensed Body Positive facilitator and holds multiple certifications in personal training and active group wellness where she incorporates body kindness and positivity into her clinical work with those struggling with body image, exercise addiction and/or motivation, life transitions and other issues.

Crystal has a sincere compassion and understanding that it's not easy trusting (a therapist) to walk with you in the most vulnerable areas of one's lives.  It takes not only courage but also trust and she values that space.  To support healing and outcomes of change she believes therapy to work in collaboration with her clients to support their specific needs and to offer hope and growth.  Her style and approach is holistic and she values ones own individual story(s) and experience(s).


Dr. Talal Alsaleem, PsyD, LMFT

Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy was developed to provide counselors of all levels with a strategic and adaptive treatment method for helping couples heal from the trauma of sexual and emotional affairs. The workshop was created to introduce counselors of all levels to the core principles of infidelity counseling and provide an overview of the Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy treatment framework.

Learning Objectives:

1.   Participants will be able to list the core principles of infidelity counseling.
2.    Participants will be able to list the seven milestones of healing from infidelity.

3.    Participants will be able to identify the clinical treatment challenges of infidelity counseling.

Presenter Bio:

Award-winning marriage counselor and researcher, Dr. Talal H. Alsaleem is recognized as a leading expert in the field of infidelity counseling. He is the author of the acclaimed book, Infidelity: The Best Worst Thing that Could Happen to Your Marriage, and the founder of the Infidelity Counseling Center. His research interests and clinical work are focused on identifying the causes of infidelity and providing the best treatment for recovery from its impact. He developed Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy (SART) ™, a method of infidelity counseling that has helped hundreds of couples navigate the challenges of the healing journey from affairs. Dr. Alsaleem is an international lecturer and speaker. His engaging talks have helped many counselors broaden their understanding of infidelity and gain the necessary clinical tools to help their clients recover from affairs. Learn more at TalalAlsaleem.com.


Dr. Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, CAE, ED

"State of the Profession" Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, CAE, will present an update on the current status of state and federal legislation affecting licensed marriage and family therapists. This session will cover state and federal legislation that could impact LMFT practice. In addition, this session will address regulatory topics from the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Finally, this session will discuss resources for legal consultation for legal and ethical practice that CAMFT provides to its members.

Learning Objectives:  

1.   Learn about at least 3 pending legislations and how marriage and family therapists may be impacted by the bills.

2) Identify 1 resource for legal consultation for therapists.

About Nabil:

Nabil El-Ghoroury began as Executive Director of CAMFT in January 2018. He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology from Binghamton University, and practiced for 7 years at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland as a licensed psychologist. Prior to coming to CAMFT, he was an Associate Executive Director for the American Psychological Association, where he served as the director of the graduate student office. Nabil was recognized as an emerging association leader by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) when he was invited into the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (2016-2018 class). He has presented at numerous conferences (in English and in Spanish) on issues such as student development in psychology, professional and legal issues in the use of social media, and health/educational disparities in autism spectrum disorders. Nabil led student delegations on Capitol Hill for 8 years. He recently earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, a certification that demonstrates wide knowledge of association management skills.

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