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  January 2015

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

January Featured Event

Short-term Effective Youth Trauma

Treatment & CAMFT Update

January 30, 2015, 9-11 a.m.

Laura C. Strom is a Stanford-trained trauma therapist who worked for the Stanford Early Life Stress Research Program. She will introduce Stanford Cue-Centered Treatment: A multi-modal treatment for youth suffering post-traumatic symptoms. Laura was one of two therapists in a 3 year clinical research trial testing this cutting edge trauma treatment with traumatized youth. This 15-18 session intervention had excellent results with youth experiencing a 65% drop in post-traumatic symptoms, and 50%+ drops in depression and anxiety.

In this presentation, attendees will learn about the latest research and trauma treatment techniques which can be used with both adults and children. Clinicians will come away with an effective treatment plan for clients who are suffering with post-traumatic symptoms, anxiety or panic attacks, and will learn some techniques experientially. A handout will outline Stanford Cue-Centered Treatment, and include a Feelings Thermometer (A. Wagner) and Body Map (Kara).

The presentation on trauma treatment will be followed by an update on important issues affecting our profession and CAMFT as well as on the state organization's process and dynamics as Laura is our newly-elected CAMFT President. Q & A to follow.

Laura C. Strom, MS, LMFT, LPCC, CRC is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 49174), a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPC 149) and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC 00113822).

Laura was trained at Stanford as a trauma therapist in a 3 year clinical research trial treating traumatized youth and their families. She also has extensive training in Jungian Sandplay Therapy, an excellent modality for pre-verbal trauma. Her specialties are trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder, and disabilities.


Monthly meetings/seminars are held at:  Loma Linda University Behavioral Health Institute, 1686 Barton Road, Redlands, CA 92373 unless otherwise noted

This issue:

  January Featured Event

  At Our Last Meeting

We Need a President-Elect!

  President's Message

 Upcoming Events
We had a great time at our holiday party in December--we missed you if you weren't there!

We dined sumptuously, played "Dirty" Santa (where people are permitted to pilfer others' coveted gifts), and topped it off with a round of carols!

WE NEED A PRESIDENT-ELECT!  Anyone who is interested, please let us know


President's Message

 The Passing of a Master

 “Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?”

It’s a Wonderful Life


That is my favorite quote, from my favorite Christmas movie. So, my daughter surprised me this Christmas with the above plaque. I didn’t know it would come to have special meaning this year. As most of you might have heard by now, Don Miller, our colleague, died on New Year’s Eve. He was 88.

Don Miller was a psychologist, therapist, author, Past President of Inland Empire CAMFT, and as I came to experience, a Psychodrama Master. He was so passionate about his trainings, which were free. I cherished the times watching him at work. Taking a group of strangers from awkward encounter to sharing intimately came from the sheer sincerity of his direction. There was no doubt he believed in his craft, and it drew others in. The artistry of the way he directed seemed to come so naturally to him. Emulating his methods helped me deepen the experience I am able to provide for my clients.

Something else which enabled intimate revelation and sharing was the way Don seemed to truly value people. Always willing to listen, he remembered your name and your story, and tried to help create a cathartic healing. Wanting to empower people with life skills and tools, he was always willing to share information. He was the eternal student himself.

Knowing his diagnosis and how he stayed so positive to the end, is a true inspiration to me. I cannot imagine how difficult it was for him in these last months, but he chose to spend some of his last moments with us at our Christmas Party. I am touched and grateful for his example.

On a personal note, having lost my father at four, I am sensitive to looking for men to be who they say they are. Don was someone who had earned my trust. I was able to do important work in his groups, because I believed he cared.

Yes, Don, your life touched so many others with its godly example; your passing will leave a hole in our group. We will miss you!

Janine Murray, MFT

President, Inland-Empire CAMFT

A memorial service for Donell will be held at the University United Methodist Church, 940 East Colton Avenue, Redlands, CA 92374 on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11 a.m. Any CAMFT members who wish to attend are invited.

Upcoming Events:

Law & Ethics V with David Jensen, J.D. - February 27th, 2015

Worries, No More!: The Design of a Little Helper with LaQuenta Long, LMFT - March 27, 2015

Sex Offenders:  Advances & Challenges with Garry Raley, LMFT - April 24, 2015


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