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Inland Empire Chapter

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April 26, 2019 Featured Event

Deep TMS and Beyond 

Dr. Kotomori

This presentation will focus on transcranial magnetic stimulation, the various forms of transcranial magnetic stimulation, the theory behind transcranial magnetic stimulation, and the modalities available commercially in the  United States.  


Therapeutic interventions with brain stimulation can take the form of electromagnetic induction of seizures, direct current induction of seizures, electrodes implanted directly into the brain,  transcranial electrical stimulation, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Clinical use of these modalities at this point is limited to electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation and direct implantation of electrical leads in the brain. The mechanisms of action are not always clearly known but I will discuss the theoretical framework that supports their use, the science involved, and clinical importance.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Name FDA Indication for TMS
  2. Outline likelihood of response to medications according to STAR -D data
  3. Outline likelihood of response to TMS with similar patient populations
  4. Describe the contraindications and side effects of TMS

Dr. Kotomori's training is as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, General Psychiatist. Fellowship, Residency and Internship at Harbor- UCLA Medical Center. Howard University College of Medicine - MD, UC Berkeley - BA, Genetics, Spanish Literature (Latin American) - Minor


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 24 hours in advance of the training, full reimbursement will be sent within ten (10) working days.

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.

Upcoming events

26 Apr 2019 9:00 AM • LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY │Department of Social Work & Social Ecology, 1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA 92408
24 May 2019 9:00 AM • Loma Linda University/ Dept. of Social Work & Social Ecology 1898 Business Center Drive San Bernardino, CA 92408
21 Jun 2019 9:00 AM • LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY │Department of Social Work & Social Ecology 1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA. 92408

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At Our Last Meeting . . .

How do I talk to my grieving client? The “stuff” to know, and the words not to use

Jill A. Johnson-Young, MSW, LCSW

This presentation brought participants into the world of grieving clients and the experiences they have had before they reached our doors. Grieving clients have some very specific needs, and some that they are unaware they are bringing to you. They have others that will never come up without your invitation- and they need you to have the knowledge base to meet those needs. Can you provide the environment and therapeutic approach to meet their needs?

·        Do you know what the dying process looks and sounds like?

·        Do you have the words to re-educate your client if they misunderstood what they experienced and saw?

·        Can you address the self-blame and guilt that comes with the death of a loved one by reframing it with a reality-based approach.

·        Are you fully aware of the words and phrases that no grief client ever wants to hear, especially in the safety of their therapist’s office?

·        Are you ready to really, really hold space?

Grieving clients are facing fear, guilt, anxiety, and sadness. They frequently put their grief needs behind those of the others grievers in their family, and their therapist is one of the few safe places they can find support when they are struggling. They have frequently heard they are supposed to be experiencing “stages” and that they are not doing their grief process the way they are supposed to.

This presentation provided us with a description of the dying process, the most common experiences of grievers, the words to use and the ones to avoid, and framed grief work as a solution-focused process, not stages, and not one that never ends. It prepared us to meet our grief clients where they are, and to walk them through to their new life.


1. Participants were able to describe the dying process with appropriate language

2. Participants were able to identify the most 5 common emotions associated with grief

3. Participants understood the impact of the words and phrases their grief clients have heard, and identified three ways to empower the client to answer them

4. Participants were able to contrast the five stages of anticipatory grief for a dying person versus the experience for their grief client after a death,and to create a treatment plan with their clients that has reasonable expectations that fit the grief experience.


Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW, is the CEO and Clinical Director of Central Counseling Services in Riverside.  She is a certified Grief Recovery Facilitator, and specializes in grief and loss, dementia, trauma, and adoption issues. She has more than a decade of experience with hospice and trains therapists and social workers in areas that include correctly treating childhood trauma, grief and loss, and dementia care. She holds a BA from UC Riverside, and her MSW from the University of South Florida.  She speaks on the topics of grief and loss, dementia, and the needs of adoptive children on the local, state, and national level, and receives positive reviews that note her engagement with her audience, energy, and sense of humor while providing valuable information.

Jill is the creator of Your Path Through Grief, which is a year-long, comprehensive grief support program, and the author of the soon to be published books “Don’t Grieve like that! How to grieve your way from a rebellious widow” and the children’s book “Someone is sick- how do I say goodbye?” She is a member of the Purple Cities coalition in Riverside and facilitates a dementia support group monthly.

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