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California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Inland Empire Chapter

Our Mission:  We are professional visionaries dedicated to providing training, networking, and advocacy for Marriage and Family Therapists to promote healthy individual, couple, and family relationships

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Jose J Juarez, Leanna Escamilla, Kalila Magbanua-Stein, Tracy Leal, Latricea Woods, Iiesha Howard  

Understanding Current Trends in Modern Parenting and The Implications for Children and Families Seeking Therapy

Becca Ballinger, Psy.D.

Trends in Modern Parenting research over the past several decades can be summarized into four major themes: the changing demographic of the Modern Family (a traditional family structure vs. a nontraditional family structure), a shift in the quantity and quality of time spent between parent and child,
the influence of social and technological advances that permeates the attention of modern kids, and the increase in adolescent mental health disorders. The purpose of this presentation is to examine and summarize these themes and to provide specific examples for mental health professionals of how to address these trends within the therapeutic context. Change doesn’t have to be an alarm bell for the demise of the Modern Family. With further understanding of current Modern Parenting trends, the future of the Modern Family will be a healthy and positive one.

Educational goals:
To foster attendees’ development of competence as practitioners, including their knowledge of the ways in which science influences practice.
• To foster the development of mental health professional who demonstrate their multicultural sensitivity, awareness, knowledge, and competence in their training and professional work.
• To provide broad and general training on the topic of Modern Parenting while also fostering attendees’ professional development and identity as mental health professionals that provide services for children, adolescents, and families.

1. Participants will be able to identify the top 4 trends in Modern Parenting research.
2. Participants will be given 4 examples of how to apply these trends to their treatment plans.
3. Participants will gain a better knowledge of the important research sources for Modern Parenting information.
4. Participants will be able to identify the complexity of being a Modern Parent by hearing the presenter’s first-hand account of parenting within a non-traditional family structure.

Dr. Becca Ballinger is a child psychologist, Modern Parenting Expert, founder of the popular blog, Parenting The Modern Family, and owner of a Southern California private practice. She specializes in helping kids and families of all types overcome modern challenges that threaten the stability of the family. As a parent of a 21-year-old son and a 18-year-old daughter, not only does she know how to raise great kids within the structure of a non-traditional family, but she understands the unique stressors that this generation of kids must overcome. She has written extensively for large publications such as The Huffington Post on topics such as kids and mental health, successful parenting in nontraditional families, the motivation crisis that plagues this generation’s youth, and finding the balance between over-parenting and under-parenting.


Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT is a CAMFT Approved CEU Provider Agency  Provider # 62278

CEU Hours: This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Certificates: Completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation.

Refund Policy:  If a participant is unable to attend and notifies IE-CAMFT 72 hours in advance of the training, seminar fee will be fully reimbursed.

Grievance:  If any aspect of the training is not to the full satisfaction of any participant, please notify the coordinator, CEU committee chair, or another IE-CAMFT board member.  We hope to resolve any issue immediately on-site.  If not resolved, the full IE-CAMFT board will review and resolve the issue.

IE-CAMFT wishes all participants to have an excellent learning experience.  Please notify the coordinator or other board member if you need special accommodations.  If possible, call Garry Raley at (951) 640-5899 in advance

Presenter Non-Appearance Policy

In the unlikely event that a scheduled presenter does not appear for a scheduled event, the following steps will be used to remediate inconvenience to attendees:

An announcement will be made to inform everyone that CEU credits cannot be provided due to inability to meet CAMFT standards for advance notice, etc.

The meeting will be held.  Attendees will be encouraged to participate for the purpose of professional development.

If an attendee has paid for the seminar, s/he will receive either a full refund or credit for a future presentation.

If the topic will be repeated at a later time, notice of the date and time will be provided to all interested parties.

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At the Intersection of Depth Psychology & Self Care: An Alternate New Lens on Motivational Interviewing

Dr. Maxine Langdon Starr

Participants were able to further understand and have greater sophistication about the bridge between these three main ideas of Hermeneutics, Depth Psychology, and Self Care; and how these ideas inform the principles of Motivational Interviewing; which were expanded upon during the initial presentation and experienced in a workshop style discussion later on. This then impacted their overall professional growth in how they will interact with their clients and how they will reflect upon these concepts as they relate through their own development and experiential lenses.


  • Research methodology that encompasses “the art of understanding” (Thiselton, 2009, pp. 2-3).
  • Take into account the meaning(s) that one may assign to a text, voice passage, or in our case, therapy session and meaning(s) that a therapist may consciously and/or unconsciously assign to a client(s) narrative.

Depth Psychology

  • Began with Freud (of course) but Jung brought another layer of meaning to the discussion
  • Deals with the unconscious & what is not being said in treatment (both on part of client and especially therapist)
  • Uses principles outside the “typical” norm of therapy to inform the therapeutic process (e.g., myth, religion, spirituality, history, greater societal context(s))


  • No one understands that taking care of what cannot be seen (AKA not just from a medical, empirically scientific point of view) is a critical step in healthcare more than therapists do.
  • How much self-care are we doing for ourselves; and if we are not, then how can we expect our clients to be motivated for change?
  • “Motivational interviewing respects patient self-determination, acknowledges patient autonomy, and recognizes that it is the patient who must decide whether and how to change behaviors” (McCarthy, 2009, p. 413).
  • Developing a discrepancy between current behaviors & future goals is key to supporting client self-efficacy in improvement of self-care domains.

Motivational Interviewing

  • Originally conceived as a brief, evidence based therapy intervention
  • Recent research has focused on the spirit of motivational interviewing, which:

“Encourages subjective interpretation of how to emulate concepts such as partnership, acceptance, compassion, and evocation” (Crawford, J. I., 2016, p. 54).

  • Embedded within the definition of motivational interviewing is the goal to enhance motivation to change via resolution of ambivalence (Miller & Rollnick, 2013; as also stated in Crawford, J.I., 2016).
  • This grappling with ambivalence directly ties back into one of the primary conflicts (most likely unconscious) that many clients are presenting within the therapeutic context and may be unknowingly hindering their ability to meet their self-expressed goals.


  • 1. Understand at least 3 innovative ways that depth psychology, hermeneutics, and principles of self-care apply to motivational interviewing
  • 2. Apply at least 3 principles of hermeneutics as they relate to working with clients from a motivational interviewing perspective
  • 3. Apply at least 2 principles of depth psychology as they relate to working with clients from a motivational interviewing perspective
  • 4. Recognize at least 2 ways their own inner communication may influence communication in therapy and thus have some common threads to self-care and therapist personal development.


Dr. Starr has been licensed since 2012 as an MFT in California. She received her Ph.D. in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2016. She has been in private practice since 2011, and specializes in working with adolescents, young adults, and women’s issues; including treating issues relating to self-care, self-esteem, and stress. She works full time within the school district’s Special Education Department as an Educationally Related Mental Health Therapist and is an adjunct professor at several universities in the Southern CA area teaching courses for future MFTs, and in programs of ABA, School Counseling, and School Psychology.

Brief List of References:

Crawford, J.I. (2016). Transformative Communication: A Depth Psychological Perspective of Motivational Interviewing. (Ph.D. Dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA, USA.

McCarthy, P. (2009). Patient empowerment and motivational interviewing: Engaging patients to self-manage their own care. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 36(4), 409-413.

Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S. (2013). Motivational interviewing third edition: Helping

people change. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Thiselton, A. (2009). Hermeneutics: An introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

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