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  July 2017

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

No Featured Event in July: Board Retreat 


The Single Payer bill, SB 562, has stalled in the Assembly due to the decision of Speaker Rendon to keep it in the Rules Committee.  Calls and emails are needed to urge him to get it out onto the Assembly floor where it can be amended and ultimately passed.  His number is 916/319-2063

For more information, visit the "News" page under the "Members Only" section of the website

The 3000 Club

The 3000 club meeting is on Saturday the 29th of July from 6-8pm at The Brickwood Social Tavern at 3653 Main Street, Riverside CA, 92501

Come join us for Self-care Saturday! This is your chance to meet other interns in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Network and get information on upcoming events while having a nice beverage. Eat beforehand or bring your own food. Call or message Omar for more information: 951-394-2363.

This issue:

  NO July Event


  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!

  President's Message

 Upcoming Events

Creating Hope with Action - Talking about Suicide

Caroline Nersessian, LCSW

Rates of suicide are on the rise and the risk of suicide is among one of the most serious issues our clients experience.  As clinicians our aim with suicidal clients is to reduce their distress and to help create a sense of hope.  Although suicide prevention work helps to save the lives of many, the work itself can feel overwhelming and even exasperating.  This presentation aimed to engage the participants so that they may appreciate the importance of talking about suicide and to begin the process of working effectively with people who have thoughts of suicide.

Seminar participants learned about the impact of suicide within the community and the importance of discussing the risk of suicide in practice.  Participants learned both risk and protective factors, suicide assessment, how to ask about suicide directly, and how to appropriately identify community resources. In an effort to reduce liability, participants also learned about the value and limits of suicide safety plans.


1.    Participants developed an understanding of suicide as a serious community health problem

2.    Participants identified the client’s risk for suicide

3.    Participants learned how to assess, ask, and respond to suicide

4.     Participants learned how to reduce liability of suicide-related complications in practice

Caroline Nersessian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience in the field specializing in mental health issues surrounding children and families.  She works at the Child and Family Guidance Center as the Clinical Director of School Based Services, Therapeutic Behavioral Services and the Northpoint School, a nonpublic school for students with severe emotional and behavior challenges.  Caroline is a Part Time Faculty member at the California State University, Northridge since 2010 where she teaches Field Seminar, Urban Family Practice and Generalist Social Work practice courses.  Caroline is trained and certified in the Living Works models of suicide prevention.  These include safeTALK, suicide awareness; ASIST, suicide prevention; and Suicide to HOPE, a recovery and growth model for people who have had thoughts/actions but are currently safe from suicide.  Her goal is to bring suicide awareness to the community level to help reduce the stigma and increase the ability to openly talk about and support those who are having thoughts of suicide.

Welcome New Members!

Vickie Marshall, Martinez Sellers, Ramona Carver, Nicole Serrano, Edgar Ruano

President's Message: 

Hello everyone.  We are not having an IE-CAMFT meeting this month.  Hope you are having a relaxing and exciting summer!  Your Board will be meeting at the end of July to plan the year's events, and we are looking at some minor changes to the bylaws.   More CEUs to come in August.   Please let us know if you have any ideas about presenters. Ilse has worked hard to get outlines and info from the seminar presenters so we can provide you with CEUs every month.  Sherry has worked very hard to create the 3000 Club.  All pre-licensed therapists please attend the 3000 Club so we can support you.  Let any board member know if you have ideas for making our Inland Empire CAMFT able to serve you better.  See you in August!! 

Janetta Peltz, IE-CAMFT President

Upcoming Events:

Effective Co-Parenting Strategies - August 25, 2017

Couples Counseling: Using the Power and Intimacy Formula - September 22, 2017

Recovery from Religion -
October 27, 2017



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