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  December 2015

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

December Holiday Party



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This issue:

  December Featured Event


  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!

  President's Message

 Upcoming Events

Dementia: What is it, What’s Normal Aging, and What Do We Do?

Summary:  This course provided an overview of the multiple kinds of dementia faced by families and their loved ones. It distinguished between the losses seen in normal aging versus the clear indicators of dementia and addressed the greater impact of early onset dementia and how that changes the course of the illness. We discussed the reality that dementia is in fact a terminal illness, and leads to death, and how that should change the conversation about what needs to be taken care of and the issues confronting families.

Participants were able to identify/describe/discuss:

  • Types of dementia
  • Normal aging brain loss traits
  • Increase in dementia with age
  • Early onset dementia
  • Managing someone with dementia

Clinicians learned the following in dealing with families with dementia impacting them:

how to speak with doctors, documenting symptoms, locating online education and support, being realistic about limits and the need for outside help and asking for help, caregiver strain and illness, understanding anticipatory grief, including:

  •  Things NOT to say to families dealing with dementia
  • Things NOT to do or say to those living with dementia

The list of stuff to get done if dementia is setting in: POA, DPOA, POLST, trusts, Living Wills, videos, letters, “buckets,” creating a village at home
  • Dementia buddies
  • Dementia villages
Jill is a therapist in private practice in Riverside, where she co-owns Central Counseling Services with Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT. Jill completed her MSW at the University of South Florida. Her professional life has been anchored by hospice, grief and loss, life transitions, and adoptions. She created the online grief recovery program “Your Path Through Grief,” which is available at  She is a Certified Grief Recovery Facilitator through the Grief Recovery Institute. Jill is also a member of the Riverside Mayor’s Task Force for creating a Purple City, focusing on the issues of dementia in the population. She created and facilitates a dementia support group monthly in Riverside, and provides services for families facing dementia and the multiple issues that overwhelm families coping with dementia in their midst. She is also a regular presenter at the Death Café at Cal State Fullerton’s OLLIE program.

Welcome New Member!

Debra Wilson


President's Message

Happy Holidays to All!


I hope you all were able to spend time with your family and friends over this past Thanksgiving weekend.  For myself and my family we enjoyed good food, time with friends, lots of laughter; reflection time and we even watched a little football. In my family we have a tradition not to start any Christmas decorating until after Thanksgiving. We feel that Thanksgiving gets shortchanged otherwise, so we wait until the Friday or Saturday after. This year I was able to convince my daughter to help me decorate my office for the holiday as well as go shopping together. I do love the festive lights and pretty displays this time of year. The weather even seemed to cooperate by still being a beautiful sunny day but with cool temperature by Southern California standards.

After all the outside lights were done, we sat down and watched the movie “Inside Out” by Pixar Animation Studios. I just maybe the only therapist in America that hasn’t seen the movie. I found it to be a wonderful movie full of fun and laughter. The premise is about a young girl named Riley that lives in Minnesota (talk about a cold place) with her family and all was wonderful. Within her mind we are introduced to the five personifications of her basic emotions:  Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger, as they come to life. The emotions live in “Headquarters”, which is Riley's conscious mind, where they influence Riley's actions and memories. Her new memories are housed in colored orbs, which are sent into long-term memory at the end of every waking period. (This orb thing is a great metaphor in illustrating what our brains do when we sleep.)  The most important memories, known as "core" memories, are housed in a hub in Headquarters and power five "islands", each of which reflects a different aspect of Riley's personality. Joy does everything in her power to keep Riley in a happy state, but since she and the other emotions do not understand Sadness's purpose, they try to keep her from controlling the console. The story continues with the five emotions working together to keep Riley safe. I won’t spoil the movie, but if you haven’t seen it, I think it has some wonderful images and insights into our brains aka “Headquarters” and how we therapist type people help our clients to learn to regulate those emotions better. I can see many uses this film could have within the therapeutic setting. I may even show clips to my students and interns.

A couple of reminders.  First, our chapter’s holiday party is on December 11, 2015 at 6:00 PM. Please register to receive the address. This party will replace our regularly-scheduled meeting. Secondly, we are starting a 3000 club and our first meeting will be held on January 30th at Dr. Catherine Wheeler’s office on Saturday 11:00-12:30 at 1411 Rimpau Ave. Ste. 213 Corona, 92879. The purpose will be to help support our interns and students as they go through the licensing process. This meeting is open to all healers regardless of your professional designation. It is my hope that this group will provide support, specialized training, and new networking opportunities for pre-licensed and licensed members and will provide a safe place to exchange ideas and learn from each other.

I will leave you now with a quote from D.M. Dellinger:

“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!”   

Until next time

Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT

IE-CAMFT President

Upcoming Events:

Help Me Help Her: A Presentation Supporting Providers Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence - January 22, 2016

Using the Language of the Law to “Salt & Pepper” Your Treatment Records (6 hours) - February 26, 2016



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