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  • Sunday, August 29, 2021 8:14 AM | Cynthia Hoffman

    Re-liven your work with your clients who are using substances! A Virtual CE Event!

    According to a recent study on alcohol consumption, 60% of participants reported increased drinking during Covid. How are you addressing increased use with clients during this time?

    Come to this workshop to learn effective tools to support clients in exploring the best ways to address this increased drug and alcohol consumption; from harm reduction to targeted use to abstinence_

    We'll practice incorporating Harm Reduction Therapy and Motivational Interviewing skills and concepts into your work .  12 CE's are available !

    Cynthia and Claudia have been teaching and training virtually for the last year and a half and while we miss seeing you all in person, we're excited to offer these virtual CE Training Events!




    Here are some of the things past participants have said:

    "Both instructors were knowledgeable and friendly.         "Life changing content. Can’t believe how revolutionary!”         "Fabulous! “                                                                                            "Loved it. Lively, solid, fun and funny at times. A great intro!"

    Incorporating Harm Reduction into Therapy and CounselingSaturdays, November 6, 2021and November 13, 2021 9:00am to 12:15pm

    Cost is $300 if taken on it's own (and $250 if taken with the MI Trainings in December!)

    This CAMFT approved CE seminar will cover:

    • The history of Harm Reduction (HR) and HR Psychotherapy 
    • The principles of HR and how therapists and counselors can work from a HR perspective
    • Relationship building with people who use substances
    • Substance use assessment
    • Goal setting
    • Exploration of the meaning of the use, the drug itself
    • Teaching client coping strategies including CBT, DBT and mindfulness
    • Identifying and working with countertransference that arises when working with people who use substances

    A reading list will be provided before the training to allow participants to familiarize themselves with basic Harm Reduction and Harm Reduction Therapy concepts.  

    This is an interactive virtual training and participants will also participate in experiential work each session.


    Motivational Interviewing in Therapy and Counseling

    Saturdays December 4, 2021 and December 11, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:15pm.   Cost is $300 if taken on it's own (and $250 if taken with the HR Training!)

    This CAMFT approved CE seminar will cover:

    • Motivational Interviewing (MI) and how it can be utilized with clients contemplating change.
    • Stages of Change and how they relate to understanding and supporting clients.
    • MI principles and goals of MI.
    • Practice OARS (Open-Ended Questions, Affirmations, Reflections and Summaries).
    • Gain practice in MI skills and tools through various exercises.

    Hand outs will be provided before the training to allow participants to familiarize themselves with basic Motivational Interviewing concepts.

    This is an interactive virtual training and participants will also participate in experiential work each session.

    To register, please email You Rule Consultation and Training at

    You will be emailed a credit card form for payment. Please indicate which training you'll be attending:

    Harm Reduction Therapy $300                                                   

    Motivational Interviewing $300

    Both: $500.

    Handouts and payments will be processed via You Rule Therapy’s Simple Practice portal.

    Please contact Cynthia at 415-987-5578 / or Claudia at / 415-993-9011 if you have any questions!


  • Sunday, August 29, 2021 8:08 AM | Cynthia Hoffman

    How are your clients feeling about their relationship to substances now that things (maybe?) are loosening up? Help your clients Stay Connected  and explore their relationship with substances with these Virtual Harm Reduction Therapy Groups!  (These groups are virtual throughout California)

    The next Introductory Virtual 8 week Psycho-Educational Harm Reduction Therapy Group starts on September 13th and is looking for 2 more participants.

    This introductory group is for someone who is new to Harm Reduction. Group members will learn about the philosophy of harm reduction and help identify effective harm reduction techniques that work for them. They will also work to identify and help to deal with the feelings that are associated with alcohol and other drug use. CBT, DBT and mindfulness are used to teach coping skills. There is modest setting of  intentions  and exploration around the ability to adhere to those intentions.   This group meets via Zoom on Mondays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.       Assessments for the group are $250 and each psycho-educational group is $75 per session.

    Also: Ongoing Harm Reduction Therapy Support Groups  These online support groups are designed to provide additional support for clients who have completed the 8-Week Harm Reduction Psycho-educational Group or have had previous experience with harm reduction. The group topic comes from group participants and are focused around the issues that arise while working towards moderating or abstaining substances. Participants set intentions for use and healthy lifestyle practices that minimize the harm from use. Participants also explore with the group their ability to maintain their intentions or discuss the obstacles that may inhibit the ability to maintain their intentions. 

    There are two ongoing support groups:  One meets meets on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:50pm and the other Wednesdays 7:10pm to 8:30pm.  The fee is $60 per weekly session. Each Group has 2 openings.

    Contact us at or if you have questions you can text or call 415-987-5578    ********************************************************************************************************************SAVE SAVE THE DATE for these trainings and CE events!

    You Rule Counseling and Therapy presents: Claudia Figallo and Cynthia Hoffman

    Using Harm Reduction Therapy (November 6th and 13th)  

    and Motivational Interviewing (December 4th and 11th)

    in therapy and counseling :  12 CE’s are available!!

    Cynthia Hoffman, LMFT.


  • Tuesday, August 10, 2021 9:39 AM | Elaine Culverwell

    Colleagues, I'm offering a 2-morning, 6 hour introduction to the Enneagram class on Aug. 21 and 22, from 9-noon both days.  This is a great class for therapists (6 CEUs available!), clients, and anyone else who is interested in learning about this wonderful system.  It will be followed by a 6 hour class on Enneagram Subtypes in September.  The Enneagram is a powerful, accurate tool for helping people to become the best version of themselves and in their relationships.  Go to "Enneagram Anytime," ( to check out all of our classes and other offerings.  I'm an LMFT and certified Enneagram teacher with 30 years of experience.  

SCV-CAMFT                 P.O. Box 60814, Palo Alto, CA. 94306                      408-721-2010

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