California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Inland Empire Chapter

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Featured Event: April 27, 2018

Creative Therapy for Adolescents: Brain-Based Approaches that Enhance Emotional Regulation and Resilience

Georgie Wisen-Vincent

Over the last decade, we have seen a significant trend toward integrating the neurobiological perspective when creating more effective therapeutic interventions for our adolescent clients. Adolescence has been described in the literature as a time of “brainstorm” - intense neurological and physiological change, when the brain is pruning unused synapses and scaffolding in mature skills needed to take on adulthood. 

In this seminar we will look to developmental science on the adolescent brain, and the unique benefits of play and creativity in working with the challenges and strengths of adolescent clients. How does playful dialogue with teens specifically nurture healthy brain development? How can we understand the neurobiology of creative experiences that happen in the therapy room to tame the chaos and optimize the adolescent’s self-regulation? 

In this two-hour training, you will learn specific therapy practices designed to improve social and emotional functioning targeted to meet the diverse treatment needs of adolescents, especially those who seem resistant to talk-therapy models. Drawing on concepts of interpersonal neurobiology, the benefits of creative, brain-building therapy interventions to achieve relational attunement, emotional integration, and the development of a fully-functioning adolescent to young adult identity will be clearly defined. 

At the end of this 2-hour training, participants will be able to: 

1.    Describe creative arts theory and principles applicable to a child-centered model of therapy.
2.    Recognize the tools and materials necessary to use with clients in order to provide creative therapy interventions that improve neural functioning.
3.    Utilize direct interventions designed to build up left-right brain integration, and bottom up/top down processing, leading to emotional improvement.
 Observe and track therapeutic change recognizing gains from an interpersonal neurobiology and child-centered therapy perspective

Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT, RPT-S is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Georgie completed her post-graduate work and research in Child-Centered Play Therapy in London at the University of Roehampton. She has used individual play therapy, creative arts therapy, family play therapy, trauma focused therapy and behavior modification in her work with children and teens in clinics, schools and nonprofit settings. She is a member of the American Association for Play Therapy and the British Association of Play Therapists, and frequently provides play therapy trainings to professional groups, community clinics and universities. Georgie is currently an instructor of play therapy courses and a clinical supervisor at the Loma Linda University School of Social Work, Play Therapy Certificate Program. Georgie has a private practice at The Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA.  


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. 

Upcoming events

27 Apr 2018 9:00 AM • LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY │Department of Social Work & Social Ecology, 1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA 92408
25 May 2018 9:00 AM • LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY │Department of Social Work & Social Ecology, 1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA 92408
22 Jun 2018 9:00 AM • LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY │Department of Social Work & Social Ecology, 1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA 92408


At Our Last Meeting . . .

His History, Her Story: A Survival Guide for Spouses of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Trauma

Debra Warner, Psy. D.

The presentation focused on Dr. Warner’s book but provided a lecture and Q and A format.  Summary of the book is below.

“His History, Her Story” is the first book to explore the impact of male childhood sexual abuse on adult relationships. Aimed at helping both the partners of trauma survivors and mental health professionals, the book is written from the unique perspective of Dr. Debra Warner, the leading American forensic psychologist in the field of male trauma who is married to a trauma survivor.

Dr. Warner, who is one of few women specializing in male trauma, shares both her story and her husband’s as they make the journey to healing and recovery. Using the wisdom gained from her personal and professional experience, she provides hands-on direction as both wife and forensic psychologist to help survivors and their partners experience the rich and fulfilling relationships that they deserve. 

For mental health professionals, this book represents a groundbreaking resource that explores in detail the phenomenon of male trauma and related issues.  It contains the largest compilation of papers by leading psychologists and professionals working in the field of male trauma and relationships.


1. Learned about trauma related to male survivors

2. Learned about needs/supports related to significant others of male survivors

3. Understood 2 specific issues related to male survivor trauma

4. Were able to apply 2 therapeutic techniques when working with male survivors and their significant others 


Dr. Debra Warner received her Master of Arts and Master of Education in counseling psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, in New York City.  She completed her doctorate in Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University, in Fresno.

She has served as an adjunct professor for several universities and as Lead Faculty for Chapman University's Marriage and Family Therapy program. She is currently a Full Professor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Psy.D. Program in Clinical Forensic Psychology. She has also served as Special Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs: Diversity and Community Engagement and Lead Faculty for the Forensic Psychology department for the Los Angeles and Irvine campuses.

Her additional professional accomplishments have included working with the Department of Homeland Security, Los Angeles Police Department, C.U.R.E.-A Better Los Angeles, the Department of Defense, the Department of Corrections, and Regional Center. She has served as clinical supervisor relating to human trafficking, trauma, PTSD and multicultural therapeutic techniques in multiple organizations.

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