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  August 2015

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

August Featured Event

August 28, 2015

9 AM - 11 AM

Child Abuse:  What You Need to Know

Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT & Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW

This seminar will define what is and isn’t child abuse, review child abuse reporting, child abuse statutes, what happens to the information once it is reported, agency response time and outcomes, the juvenile court process, the juvenile dependency process, and the newer implications for CPS (exigency, warrants, trafficking, non-minor foster care, KATIE A. lawsuit), as well as reviewing some key strategies in working with children who have been abused

Learning Objectives:

After completing this workshop participants will be able to:

  • complete a child abuse form and know who to call if they have questions
  • understand the process of CPS and how it relates to therapists
  • identify three key strategies/techniques that can be used in their practice with children who have been abused

Sheralyn L. Shockey-Pope, LMFT co-founded Central Counseling Services in Riverside, CA.  She specializes in working with people who have experienced traumatic events, anxiety and mood disorders. She is in full-time private practice.  Previously she was a Supervisor of the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services Resource Family Training and Assessment Unit, responsible for the County’s training of all foster, adoptive and kinship (relative) family training. She has 25 years of experience working within the CPS or probation department system in three counties. She also instructs for the Public Child Welfare Training Academy (CSUSD Foundation) training new social workers on family engagement, interviewing skills, intimate partner violence, mental health disorders, and self-care skills.

Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW & CAMFT member, founded Stolar Counseling & Consultation.  Nicol has been working with children and their families for over 18 years. She has worked in private therapeutic settings as well as public agencies. Nicol has expertise in the areas of mediation, child forensic interviewing, adoptions, training, child custody evaluation feedback/assessments, co-parenting boot camp, dependency proceedings and CPS/Law Enforcement investigations. Nicol has completed hundreds of child abuse investigations including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, domestic violence, and child deaths. She also teaches for the Public Child Welfare Training Academy which puts her expertise to work with new social workers across the six Southern California Counties. Nicol is an expert witness in Family Law Court and specializes in child abuse and maltreatment. She has recently been accepted as the Board of Behavioral Sciences expert witness for child custody evaluations.


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Supervision Seminar

We regret to announce that the supervision seminar scheduled for September has been cancelled due to illness of the presenter.  We will attempt to reschedule a seminar on this topic in the future.  For September however, we have been able to replace it with a very interesting seminar on Sexual Addiction (see below).

IE CAMFT 2015-2016 Board of Directors

We still have open board positions!  We need a President-Elect and a CEU Coordinator--please join our board and help the chapter!

This issue:

  August Featured Event


  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!

  President's Message

 Upcoming Events

Problem Gambling is Not a Major Issue....Wanna Bet?

Steve Gray, LMFT, Certified Problem Gambling Treatment Provider

Gambling Disorder is easily missed by clinicians. There are no physical symptoms as with Substance Abuse Disorders and clients are frequently motivated to hide or minimize the extent of their gambling, presenting, instead, issues with depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance, domestic violence, relationship difficulties, etc. This presentation familiarized clinicians with the disorder by presenting some basic statistics for gambling in the United States, and Problem Gambling specifically. Terms were defined and there was a review of the changes from DSM IV to DSM V. Screening instruments were reviewed that can be used to determine the existence of a gambling problem and classify its severity. A cognitive-behavioral treatment  methodology was summarized. Community and professional treatment resources were presented. Co-morbidity with other disorders were discussed.

Learning Objectives:
  • Become familiar with the existence and use of different screening instruments to diagnose gambling disorder
  • Increase awareness of risk factors, prevalence, modes of expression, and consequences of gambling disorder
  • Enhance knowledge of some of the mechanisms contributing to the maintenance of the problem behavior and interventions to assist the client in behavior change
  • Increase knowledge of treatment resources available for problem gamblers

Steve Gray graduated from the University of Redlands with a BA in Spanish in 1970 and from California State University, San Bernardino with an MS in Psychology in 1985. He has been an LMFT since 1987 and is currently working with a private, full service, employee assistance provider offering short-term therapy, training, consultation, referrals and critical incident debriefings.   He has been certified since April, 2011 by the State of California to provide specialized gambling treatment services under the auspices of the Office of Problem Gambling, California Department of Public Health.


Welcome New Members!

Kirsten Larsen, John Mendoza, Sherry Rusch


President's Message

Chapter News

I love summer time, longer days, new books to read, fresh fruit to eat, and swimming. I do hope your summer is in full swing and you are enjoying yourself. I know many therapists say their practices slow down for summer but for me that has not been the case at least this year. 

There is some good news from the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) first, the new online BreEZe system is up and running. This one website will allow consumers, licensees, and applicants to verify a professional license, file a consumer complaint, submit licensing applications, renew a license, change addresses, and should save us all time. You can take a look at this new site @ The second positive item to come from the BBS is they are issuing a newsletter once again; attempting to be more open about their activities and to keep us informed of new legislative changes.  The newsletter can be accessed @

We have a Facebook page! Thank you to Omar for setting it up. We invite you to like our page and check it periodically for new articles of interest and last minute updates.

Last month your board met to begin the planning for the next year. One of the ideas that came up was starting a 3000 Club to help support our pre-licensed members. A survey has been created to see if there is any interest in this type of programing. I would ask that all our pre-licensed member take this survey to provide input. I promise it is a very short survey only 7 questions. The link is Thank you in advance for your help.

We continue to need to fill a few positions on our board. We need help with the creation of a CEU committee. This would require a few meetings to help complete the CEU application for our chapter.  We also need a few board members-at-large to lend a hand for certain functions; we would like at least 3- 4 people. Yes, I know this does take a bit more time, but honestly it really is only a few hours a month.   Another need is hospitality where for only a couple of meetings you agree to bring one item to share with the group, plus help set up the table and clean up after—not a difficult job and one that does not take a great deal of time. 

Lastly, I wanted to say thank you and good luck to Doreen Van Leeuwen. Doreen, as many of you know, was Past, Past, President of our Inland Chapter and she graciously hosted our board retreat in July. Doreen will soon be leaving us as she heads up north to Santa Rosa to begin a new chapter in her life and be closer with her new grandbaby.  Doreen is a couples counseling expert and she has been passionate about building a practice that can earn a good living. She has agreed to continue to extend her help to our chapter by helping with the 3000 club when she is in town over the next year. Thank you Doreen for your generous heart and caring spirit.  Please take a moment at our next meeting to wish her well.

I wanted to remind each of you, that this Inland Empire Chapter is your chapter, please let me know if we are not meeting your needs or if you have any suggestions. I would love to hear from you.  Contact me through the Member Directory.

Until next time



Upcoming Events:

What's Love Got to Do With It? Understanding Sexual Addiction - September 25, 2015

Couples Tools: Moving Couples from STUCK to CONNECTED - October 23, 2015

Dementia: What is it, What’s Normal Aging, and What do we do? - November 20, 2015 (Note Date)



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