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(CA 06) updated 8/19


Geographical area served:
San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, Los Angeles

Permanent Chapter Contact Information:
Charles M Litman Ph.D MFT
(818) 888-0211

Meeting location:
Foundations Recovery Network: 17167 Ventura Blvd. Encino, Ca. 91316
Second Floor

Chapter meeting dates/times:
Ten chapter meetings per year. Normally the 4th Friday of the month. Meeting times are Registration and networking 8:30 AM-9:00 AM. Program is 9:00 AM-11:00 AM.

Why should I attend?
Chapter meetings are a great way to make professional contacts, network, discover new resources, and develop new skills.

Chapter program:
A segment of each meeting is dedicated to the introduction of members and non-members. We encourage all attendees to make announcements about upcoming events, news related to the field, and job opportunities. After announcements, an educational training is presented.

Continuing education:
Each training provides a minimum of 1.5 pre-approved professional development hours (PDH).

Cost to attend meeting:
Members - $15.00
Non-members - $20.00

For more information about our chapter or upcoming meetings, contact:


August 23, 2019, 
Vital Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Linkages with Employers

8:30am Networking 
9 - 11 am Presentation

Please join SFV EAPA for Breakfast, Networking and Continuing Education at the meeting on the role of the substance abuse professional (SAP) in the workplace

With the increase of opioid overdoses, the fact that marijuana is now legal in California and the ever increasing numbers of DUIs, employers who have safety sensitive employees covered under the Department of Transportation need certified Substance Abuse Professionals (SAP) more than ever before.  The SAP is a person who evaluates employees who have violated the DOT drug and alcohol regulations and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, aftercare and follow up testing.   In this seminar, you will be provided information regarding the requirements of the DOT program from a Designated Employer Represented (DER) and the importance of the SAP.

Learning Objectives:

Explore and Understand the DOT rules and regulations from an Employer’s perspective

Discuss and Identify the responsibilities of a SAP

Review and Recall the training requirements to become a SAP


Jane Snowden Galvin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She has extensive experience in a wide variety of clinical settings, including inpatient acute care, residential treatment, psychiatric locked door ward and outpatient treatment.  Jane currently serves as Senior Vice President of Client Services for The Holman Group.  She has been employed with The Holman Group for over 31 years.  She is widely recognized as an expert trainer in a variety of mental health issues and Substance Abuse presentation to meet the DOT education requirements.

Lourdes Gutierrez is the HR EAP & Wellness Manager for The Gas Company.  She is also the Designated Employer Representative (DER) responsible for managing her Company’s Drug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program for both regulated safety- sensitive employees and non-regulated employees.  Lourdes has been employed by The Gas Company for 28.5 years and has served as the DER for the past 17 years. In her capacity as DER, she manages a wide variety of employee substance abuse-related cases and has implemented internal processes and procedures that have been highly praised as industry “best practices” by DOT regulators and drug and alcohol testing industry organizations.

Tarzana Treatment Center
6022 Variel Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA

For details, special accommodations or to RSVP, please contact Naheed Awan (240) 381-8154 2 CE Credits provided through CEPA #13918 CAMFT approved continuing education provider for MFT, LCSW, LPC. $15 members, $20 nonmember fee (refund policy at door). Please notify of ADA accommodation needs. 


Charles Litman
(818) 888-0211

Vice President
Frank Mazzola
818 760-1967

David Lisonbee
310 629-9669

Naheed Carter
310 948-2772

Membership Chairperson
Miles Murdaugh

Education Chairperson
Cynthia Cooper

Ethics Chairperson
Charles M Litman Ph.D MFT



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