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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

 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

IE-CAMFT President

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.

 Presentation Outline:

 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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Breaking Through Betrayal During Covid-19

Holli Kenley, LMFT

 Click to watch an Interview with Holli Kenley

When we think of betrayal, most of us associate it with our personal relationships. However, with our lives changing at a more rapid and unstable pace accompanied by a myriad of ensuing injuries and injustices precipitated or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, people are feeling betrayed on all levels: financially, legally, professionally, relationally, politically, spiritually, etc.  While some individuals are able to bounce back rather quickly, many more struggle with the paralyzing effects of betrayal and are not able to move forward.

What I am proposing is innovative and inclusive. In my work as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I specialized in the areas of abuse, trauma, addiction, grief and loss. Although there are many valuable interventions that bring effective healing and growth for our clients struggling with these issues, I often felt as though I was missing something.  Also, I consistently felt challenged by the different kinds of betrayal that my clients were experiencing, and I felt frustrated by the ineffectiveness of both the knowledge and tools available to address betrayal injury. What I have come to learn is that betrayal injury is unique: it is often buried beneath a myriad of other presenting disorders/symptoms; it is frequently missed and dismissed; and left unattended, it continues to manifest with increasing destructiveness and devastation.

After spending several years observing clients, analyzing case studies, and synthesizing qualitative data, I have brought together a new perspective on betrayal and a recovery program tailored specifically for injury from betrayal, of any kind. 

Theory of Practice

In addressing recovery from betrayal injury, given the initial work of Breaking through the Betrayal, I will incorporate a blend of two theoretical approaches in its assessment and intervention.

  • 1.       Client- Centered Therapy:   In working with all kinds of betrayal, it is vital to establish trust and rapport, join with the client, establish unconditional positive regard, and remain open. Following the client’s pace is critical in working through the three States of Being and in navigating their levels of exposure to their betrayers and/or their betrayal environments.
  • 2.       Cognitive –Behavioral Therapy:  Cognitive – Behavioral Therapy is an important methodology to utilize in unhooking negative or destructive underlying assumptions and beliefs associated with the three States of Being, and in establishing or redefining new truths or beliefs. Cognitive-Behavioral exercises are also an integral part of addressing triggers, releasing of emotions, boundary setting, and beginning the process of reclaiming one’s truths and righting one’s self.

Program Description

  • What is betrayal? When our clients say, “I feel so betrayed,” what are they feeling and why? And how long and to what degree will they feel this way and why? Based on client observation, case analysis, and qualitative data, the “Breaking through Betrayal” workshop will introduce participants to a new perspective on betrayal examining it as a singular issue. At the same time, participants will be challenged to widen their therapeutic lens, viewing “betrayal” as a universal experience by comprehensively examining its connotations and applications into our lives. In addition, although “betrayal” may be the presenting issue, it is frequently embedded within other presenting disorders such as depression, addiction, grief/loss, and anxiety and is exacerbated by behaviors such as codependency. The “Breaking through Betrayal” workshop will offer participants new thinking into “betrayal’s” anatomy, facilitating 1) understanding degree of injury, 2) assessment of presenting symptoms/ manifestations, and 3) implementation of effective interventions.

Goal and Learning Objectives:

Goal: To present a new perspective on the issue of betrayal allowing for more effective assessment, intervention, and treatment of betrayal injury.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1.       Describe three distinct explanations of betrayal and apply them to a myriad of examples in client experiences.
  • 2.       Discuss at least one definition of betrayal’s States of Being;Name and explain the three States of Being – Confusion, Worthlessness, and Powerlessness; identify four of their respective manifestations and symptoms; discuss two effective interventions for each.
  • 3.       Recognize that through an analysis of betrayal’s anatomy, participants will be able to articulate the two principles of degree: degree of investment, trust, or belief and degree of occurrence and explain four ways in which each principle is related to symptom duration and severity.  
  • 4.       Describe a person’s relationships with betrayal presentations; and discuss four effective treatment implications, especially in regard to grief and co-dependency.

Bio:  Holli Kenley is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a California State Licensed Teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. She has worked in a variety of settings: a women’s shelter, a counseling center, and in private practice. Holli’s areas of specialized training and experience include sexual abuse and trauma, betrayal, codependency, cyber bullying, and screen addiction. Holli maintains a private practice in Rancho Mirage.

 Holli Kenley is the author of nine recovery books including:

  • ·         Daughters Betrayed By Their Mothers: Moving From Brokenness To Wholeness
  • ·         Second Edition of Breaking Through Betrayal: And Recovering The Peace Within  
  • ·         Power Down & Parent Up: Cyber Bullying, Screen Dependence & Raising Tech- Healthy Children
  • ·         Holli is also a contributing Wellness Editor for CLEAR Life Magazine.

Holli Kenley also works in the field of psychology as an author and a workshop presenter.  She has been a six-time peer presenter at CAMFT’s Annual  State Conferences and a featured or keynote speaker at college level clinical programs, state and national advocacy organizations, and educational institutions speaking on the topics of bullying, cyber bullying, betrayal, relapse, screen dependency, sexual abuse recovery, and the power of self-worth. Holli has been a guest on over 100 podcasts as well as on Arizona TV speaking on issues of wellness. Prior to and during her career as a therapist, Holli taught for thirty years in public education.

 Holli will be presenting at CAMFT’s 2020 Annual Conference speaking on “Technology: A Clearer Vision.” 

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

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