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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!

Jill Catlin,  Hilary Braxton, Leann Gonzalez, Tiffany Knowlton, Diana Medina, Linda Bramel, Jennifer Goodlow, Lizette Urdanez, Simone Roberts, Kimm Moreno, Myesha Dunn, Lauren Guzman Johnson, Debra Valentine, Robbie Thompson

October 25, 2019 Featured Event:

EMDR: healing unprocessed memories that create disturbance and dysfunction

Nicole Serrano, LMFT


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a theoretical orientation that has become widely known or heard of in our profession; however many are still confused by what the theory is about and how it works. In this presentation, we will explore what EMDR is and how it works, debunk myths, and clarify information on how EMDR is used today and where the research is going in the future. We will look at the theoretical orientation’s eight phases of treatment (client history and treatment planning, client preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure, and reevaluation); the protocols (past, present, future, and recent event) and forms of bilateral stimulation (eye movement, taps, tones). We will explore Dr. Francine Shapiro’s AIP (adaptive information processing) model which is the framework in which the eight phases and past, present, and future protocols are worked through.  We will review options on how to become trained and/or certified in EMDR, and resources to learn more. In the end, professionals will have a better grasp on what EMDR is, who would be a good candidate for it, and how to refer a client to a professional trained or certified in EMDR and how to seek training in EMDR.  

With this training, the educational goal is to clinically obtain a better understanding of the EMDR theoretical orientation to be able to identify appropriate client candidates for treatment and understand how to seek appropriate training in EMDR. 

  • Definition and overview of history of EMDR
  • Overview of EMDR Adaptive Information Processing model
  • 8 phases of treatment
  • 3 pronged protocols
  • BLS forms
  • Appropriate clients for EMDR (ages, populations, diagnosis)
  • How to explain EMDR to a client
  • How to refer a client to an EMDR therapist
  • Recognizing signs that a client will need an EMDR therapist specializing in dissociation and/ or parts work.
  • EMDR Resources
  • Where to find more information on EMDR and its research
  • Where to become trained in EMDR (and difference in trained vs certified)
  • Information on various protocols for specialized treatment (chronic pain, dissociation/ parts work, addiction, couples, first responders, military, performance enhancement , Children)

Learning Objectives:

1. Define EMDR therapy and identify the 8 phases of treatment

2. List 3-pronged protocol  

3. List 3 forms of bilateral stimulation  

4. Identify 4 resources to obtain more information on EMDR and training opportunities.


Nicole Serrano is a bilingual licensed marriage family therapist in the state of California that has over 5 years treating trauma across various settings such as in the home, hospital, community mental health agencies and private practice office for the children and adult populations. She has worked with children and families in wraparound program, and adults with chronic mental illness and substance abuse. She also previously worked with children, adults, and geriatrics at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center.   

Currently, Nicole has a private practice located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA where she serves adults for individual and couples therapy. Nicole is currently trained in EMDR and working towards certification. Nicole was trained in EMDR through the EMDR International Association. Nicole also serves couples and is trained in Gottman Method of Couples Therapy Level 2.

To view a video interview with the presenter go to:

Nicole Serrano interview on our IE-CAMFT YouTube channel.


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.

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At Our Last Meeting . . .

Decoding Teens

Jamie R. Nelson, LMFT

Life. Is. Rough. Teens are great at being in the here-and-now. So much so that they tend not imagine life past This. Very. Moment. Being a teenager is like walking a tight rope between childhood and being an adult. They know everything, yet they know nothing. Being able to meet this particular client right where they are means that we are connecting to our own experience as teens, which for many of us was not a pleasant time.

In this session we explored strategies for how to connect with a teen client, engage them in the therapy process and provide understanding during a time when “no one understands.” Additionally, we discussed insights that will help parents and teens feel more connected.  With a type of stealth therapy, we explored strategies to help the next generation through an identity-building transition.

Objectives:  Participants learned:

  • key elements of gaining buy-in from teen clients.
  • strategies for maintaining flexible boundaries while working with teens and their parents.
  • to increase your awareness of the unique existence that is the iGeneration.
  • how to incorporate interactive participation and stealth therapy.


Jamie R. Nelson M.A. LMFT is a strength-based therapist based in Rancho Cucamonga. She has been working with teens since 2012, in a school based program, to a community clinic, in a group practice and just took the leap into private practice by opening Equilibrium Counseling Services.  Jamie has presented to parents at local high schools as well as learning centers for neurodivergent students. She currently facilitates a teen group for high school age and a #Adulting group for young adults.  Her professional motto is “Be the person you needed when you were younger” - Ayesha Siddiqi.



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For a video of the seminar, watch the Interview with Jamie R. Nelson, LMFT

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