California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
Inland Empire Chapter
Welcome New and Returning Members!
Mu-Lan Chau, Luciana Puyo, LaQuasha Henderson, Ann Alsaadi, Lauri Mendes, Danelle Spikes, Claudia Garcia, Madelyn Kunysz
June President’s Message
This message has been heavy on my heart. We are all living through unprecedented times, and the changes don’t ever seem to stop. Obviously dealing with Covid-19 has caused us to shift our lives, both personal and business quickly and also thoughtfully. Now we are also living in a country that has been divided in terms of the painful loss of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020. Not only has this incident affected our country and our local communities, it has added to the upheaval worldwide. As I research the detailed information of this event, I sit here with tears streaming down my face; sad for the loss of this man, the loss for his family, what this could mean to us as a racial divide. I honestly am speechless and so sad for this world, and thankfully I believe that healing is possible. I won’t pretend to know how this world can heal, but I truly believe that we will make it through these most difficult times and I pray that whatever changes occur will create a more compassionate world.
As a business person, I encourage you to look for opportunities to fund your businesses during these difficult times. As was stated in the last few messages, small businesses are being offered financial help through many different programs including the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Further you might consider checking your local county resources, as many of them offer grants to help businesses with the financial burden to now becoming Covid Compliant. This “new normal,” a need for social distancing, masks, sanitizer, requests for our clients to continue telehealth as necessary for either the need of the client and/or the therapist are all decisions that we as clinicians are weighing. It is important to be wise, and understand underlying medical problems and age are important factors to keep in mind in terms of Covid-19.
We look forward to reconnecting at our July training while we as your board continue to work behind the scenes to continue your virtual trainings seamlessly by meeting for our Staff Retreat in June.
As we continue to navigate and remain flexible through these difficult times, stay safe and be sure that your needs and your family’s needs remain high on your priority list.Carol Rose Adkisson
Our training this month has been rescheduled to July 24th, 2020. This training entitled “Introduction to Brainspotting: Trauma Therapy that Works!” is proving to be one of our biggest requested trainings to date. Lisa Larson’s event will cover the following.
"Brainspotting" is a powerful, brain-based trauma therapy that accesses the deepest regions of the brain where clients store their traumatic experiences and survival terror. This access to the limbic system and brainstem allows deep transformation to occur. It works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional and body pain, trauma, dissociation, terror, flashbacks, panic, and other challenging symptoms. Symptoms of unprocessed trauma, which include chronic anxiety, insomnia, and numbing, are notoriously difficult to eliminate through talk therapy. This is because the brain becomes overwhelmed and is unable to process verbal information about the traumatic events.
"Brainspotting" was voted the most effective trauma treatment by the parents and survivors of the Sandy Hook massacre after a five-year study by the Sandy Hook Foundation comparing over 25 therapeutic modalities. The parents rated it first in its effectiveness in treating the traumatic loss of their young children. This presentation teaches participants to metrically measure the efficacy of each session with their clients so it is very clear if the client is benefiting from the treatment. It also will help the attendees stay abreast of the most recent brain-based breakthroughs in treating clients with PTSD. This presentation underscores principles of complete non-judgment and compassion for each and every client. It also encourages the therapist to follow the client, rather than lead.
1. What is a "Brainspot" and how is it able to rapidly calm the neurophysiology of the client?
2. What are the most common symptoms of clients with unresolved Trauma?
3. The scientific evidence of the efficacy of Brainspotting.
4. How Brainspotting was discovered by a top EMDR Trainer, Dr. David Grand.
5. Why Talk Therapy is ineffective in healing the survival terror held in the limbic system (flight or fight) and brain stem (numb/freeze) of our traumatized clients.
6. Outline of the steps involved in a Brainspotting session.
7. A live demonstration of Brainspotting.
8. Questions and answers
1. Understand the core components of Brainspotting including how to apply Brainspotting to Trauma, Dissociation, Anxiety, Performance Anxiety, Somatic Conditions, Addiction and Self Loathing.
2. Learn the theories and practice of Brainspotting through a live demonstration.
3. To clearly be able to explain why talk therapy is so effective for some conditions, but so notoriously ineffective for treating PTSD and unresolved trauma.
4. Understand the neuroscience that allows Brainspotting to resolve long-standing trauma symptoms.
5. List the core symptoms of undischarged trauma in the body.
The board does not want to exclude anybody who wants to attend this next training and is actively working to implement the best solution to include all that are interested in attending.
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