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  July 2016

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

No July Seminar

Our IE-CAMFT Board Retreat--an extended board meeting--is held in July in lieu of a seminar.  Any chapter member interested in being on the board may attend - see Website for details


Inland 3000 Club:  Next meeting July 15, 2016 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

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This issue:

  No July Seminar: IE-CAMFT Board Retreat


  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!

  President's Message

 Upcoming Events

Neurobiology and Treatment Considerations in Bipolar Disorder


Bipolar Disorder is associated with considerable morbidity, which necessitates a creative approach in order to address a very unique set of challenges. Functional recovery can often lag behind symptomatic and syndromal recovery. Recurrent Bipolar episodes may lead to progressive deterioration in functioning and the number of episodes may affect subsequent treatment response and prognosis. While mood stabilizers seem to “nudge” the “symphony” of genes linked to bipolar disorder in a direction that aligns more with the normal expression pattern; a holistic approach including mindfulness meditation, comprehensive nutrition and supplementation, along with state of the art neuromodulation therapies, is necessary for patients to experience a robust wellness.


Participants understood:

1. Neurophysiology as it relates to Bipolar Disorder

2. Bipolar disorder and its associated challenges with regard to treatment management

3. The elegance and sophistication of Neuromodulation Technology and Mindfulness-based interventions.

4. How to design treatment regimens that facilitate not only symptom management but build resilience in thriving vital patients.

Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD is an accomplished Physician with extensive experience as a clinician, researcher, administrator, teacher, lecturer, guest host of AM590 radio program A Senior Moment, and writer for peer-reviewed journals and professional book chapters.

Dr. Keerthy has earned Diplomates from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Buffalo Grove, Ill., the American Board of Addiction Medicine in Chevy Chase, Md., and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London, England. He has also been certified as a Credentialed Menopause Practitioner by the North American Menopause Society, and is currently licensed by the medical boards of California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York and England.

He served his Ob/Gyn residency at James Cook University Hospital in England, and his Psychiatry residency at the University of Bristol, England as well as Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He has obtained extensive training in the practice of mind-body medicine and integrative approaches towards health and wellness

Welcome New Members!

Stephen Garrett, Donna Baca, Paolo D'Alessio, Gurucharan Khalsa, and Christie Stegmaier

President's Message: Therapy and Community

Happy Summer, I hope you are finding a little time off to play in the sun, relax, or catch up on some pleasure reading.  I am starting a new book that so far is highly riveting it’s called Sharp Object by Gillian Flynn the same author that also wrote Gone Girl. This is a psychological thriller and even though I am only in chapter 3, it’s a hard book to put down. This a big departure from my business-related books I am often reading. Nevertheless, I hope you too are taking some personal time.

I wanted to again thank each one of you for the great work you do. With the news a few weeks ago about yet another tragic mass shooting that ultimately led to 49 young people losing their lives to senseless violence to this week’s shooting of another young black man by the police, it continues to be evident that we have a great deal of work that still needs to be done. Our community and world has too many people who are sad, depressed, anxious, feeling like they don’t matter, who sometimes are filled with hatred, feel unfairly treated, and become so disillusioned and alienated they lash out in highly destructive and often fatal ways. I know that my explanation is very simplistic but without therapists, I truly believe we would have more people acting out and taking lives. We help people with communication, gaining self-worth and self-respect. So I wanted to take a moment to really say thank you for what you do. What we all do matters a great deal!

This month there is no regular meeting but you are welcome to attend the Board Retreat, an extended board meeting. This year we are focusing on bylaws, board positions, and minor chapter business, but more importantly, it’s a time to enjoy each other’s company, network, have some fun and good food. Please join us on July 22, 2016 from 9:00 -1:00 PM. We will be hosted at Annette Compton’s beautiful home. If you want to be on the board, register on the website and the location will be sent to you in the email confirmation.

The 3000 club will be changing the day it meets to the third Friday of each month. The location will remain the same at Central Counseling Services, 6840 Indiana Ave., Suite 275, Riverside 92506. There is an elevator in the building just left of the stairs. It’s free and lunch is provided. The next meeting be on July 15, 2016 from 11:00 to 1:00 PM. The topic will be a roundtable discussion with open dialogue. If you have a case that needs to be discussed or questions about licensure, law and ethics or really anything else, come join us.       

Until next time,

Sherry Shockey-Pope, IE-CAMFT President

Upcoming Events:

Night Journeys: A Therapeutic Approach to Our Client’s Dreams - August 26, 2016

Triaging Cyber Bullying: Protection, Intervention, & Prevention - September 23, 2016

Taking the Fear out of Working with Eating Disorders - October 28, 2016



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