CFI currently offers two trainings a month in narrative therapy. At this time there is no cost to attend. These two hour small groups are held on the first and second Monday of the month. The first group is suited for those new to narrative practice and the second group would be suitable for those that want to go deeper in the practice of narrative therapy. Please contact CFI for more information.
California Family Institute is pleased to announce that two new directors, Brian Beelner and Michele Hoff, have been added to the CFI Board effective immediately. Brain Beelner, CPA is currently Assistant General Manager - Finance and Administration for the City of Anaheim Public Utilities and Michele Hoff, MA, is currently Vice President of Human Resources for Epson America. Both Brian and Michele bring unique skill-sets to the board to help guide California Family Institute as it moves forward. More information on Brian and Michele follow:
Brian Beelner, CPA Assistant General Manager – Finance and Administration, joined the Anaheim Public Utilities Department in May 2005. Anaheim Public Utilities is a not for profit water and electric utility that provides water and electricity to the 350,000 residents and 15,000 businesses in the City of Anaheim. APU employs 400 people and has an annual budget of $500 million with approximately $1.7 billion in assets. Mr. Beelner has 14 years of experience in utility finance and accounting. He is responsible for all financial aspects of the Department including: accounting, budget development, strategic planning, rate design, long-term forecasting, debt administration, human resources, safety, and billing and collection services. Mr. Beelner graduated from University of California-Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics and currently holds an active Certified Public Accountant license in the State of California. Prior to joining Anaheim, Mr. Beelner worked for Gursey, Schneider & Co., LLP as a municipal utility accounting and finance consultant. Mr. Beelner is also a member of the SCPPA Finance Committee and a member of the Finance Committee for the Intermountain Power Project (“IPP”).
Michele Hoff, Vice President Epson America, Michele Hoff joined Epson in 1997. She provides strategic direction and oversees all aspects of Human Resources for Epson in North and Latin America. She received her master's degree in Organizational Psychology from California State University, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
This past week CFI Executive Director Chris Hoff Presented at the Diversity IN Leadership Conference held at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, CA. Chris' presentation was titled Conflict Coaching in the Workplace: Shifting Culture Bound Conflict Through Narrative Mediation. The purpose of the conference was to provide an educational experience on the benefits of diversity and inclusion in leadership, while offering the latest tools for practical implementation. Some pictures from Chris' presentation follow:
Chris with Dr. Helen Easterling Williams. Dean of Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education & Psychology.
California Family Institute is looking for experienced non-profit board members who are willing to provide leadership for growing organization. Members should be willing to use sphere of influence to raise funds, recruit additional board members and provide goverance guidance to the executive director. Please contact Chris Hoff to discuss the Board positions further. A job description follows:
The Board will support the work of California Family Institute and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by CFI’s Executive Director, the Board-CEO relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:
Leadership, governance and oversight
California Family Institute Board Members will consider CFI a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that CFI can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, CFI expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.
CFI’s Board Members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings will be held quarterly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about CFI’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
California Family Institute is excited to announce that Golnoush Yektafar will be joining our clinical team.
Golnoush Yektafar, M.S. is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern previously working at the Behavioral Health Institute in Loma Linda, California, and Strive Holistic Campus in Ontario, California. Golnoush completed her Masters Degree at Loma Linda University and is currently working on her PhD at Loma Linda University. Golnoush has taught Solution Focused Therapy and Crisis Intervention courses to masters level students, and has clinical experience working with diverse client populations. Golnoush’s research interests include chronic illness and the systemic changes that often occur in families due to illness, acculturation and its impact on couple and family dynamics, and socio-cultural contextual factors that impact marginalized couples and families.
California Family Institute is excited to announce that Randi Dentt will be joining our clinical team.
Randi is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee under the supervision of Dr. Jerriann Peters, PsyD, MFT #47534. Randi is a second year graduate student attending Pepperdine University, studying clinical psychology in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. She is focused on working with a wide range of clients and is theoretically grounded in narrative practices. Randi works from a strengths-based model where she is compassionate, empathic, and curious to collaborate with clients from a non-pathologizing approach and is multicultural and LGBTQ affirming.
Randi is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology and gained research experience while studying a number of primate species for the Conservation Research Department at the San Diego Zoo. Randi’s experience as a licensed Pharmacy Technician, a sales representative, and her volunteer work for a woman’s recovery home in San Diego allowed her to become fascinated with human relationships and interconnectedness. She is excited for the opportunity to make meaning of her professional work as a therapist and values the privilege of connecting with clients and hearing their stories.
California Family Institute is happy to announce that Christine Griffith has joined our clinical team.
Christine Griffith, M.A. IMFT, earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University and is working toward licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist at the California Family Institute. Narrative Therapy and Behavioral Health Psychology influence Christine’s clinical work. She uses a strength-based approach that facilitates the experience of new and preferred stories, or narratives, that are more aligned with each individual’s values. Christine believes that a problem does not define a person and that the goal is to transform the effect that the problem has on the individual. Christine’s therapeutic approach is also influenced by her experience as a Lifestyle Coach working with San Diego Fire Fighters and Los Angeles Police Officers to reverse heart disease, prevent illness and manage the effects of stress. She emphasizes a holistic approach to her practice to include conversations around nutrition, exercise, stress management, relaxation, humor and spirituality as it relates to mental and emotional wellness.
Christine’s experience in the mental health field includes working at the Pepperdine University Community Counseling Center, The Village of Hope and The Orange County Rescue Mission. She has worked with children, individuals, couples, and families experiencing the effects of homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, and other problems to cultivate greater confidence, richer relationships and emotional stability.