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  June 2015

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

June Featured Event

June 26, 2015

9 AM - 11 AM

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 will familiarize clinicians with the disorder by presenting some basic statistics for gambling in the United States, and Problem Gambling specifically. Terms will be defined and there will be a review of the changes from DSM IV to DSM V. Screening instruments will be reviewed that can be used to determine the existence of a gambling problem and classify its severity. A cognitive-behavioral treatment  methodology will be summarized. Community and professional treatment resources will be presented. Co-morbidity with other disorders will be 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.


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IE CAMFT 2015-2016 Board of Directors

Co-Presidents: Sherry Shockey-Pope and Judy McGehee

President Elect: Open

 Past President: Janine Murray 

Financial Officer: Garry Raley 

Secretary: Janell Gagnon (Pro Tem)

Program Chair: Ilse Aerts

Membership Chair: Carol A. Bouldin

Hospitality Co-Chairpersons:

Annette Compton, Jeanne Joslin, Janetta Peltz:

 Board Members At Large:

Omar Gonzalez-Valentino, Doreen Van Leeuwen

Newsletter/Website:  Carol A. Bouldin

CEU Committee: Garry Raley

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

This issue:

  June Featured Event

2015-2016  IE-CAMFT Board of Directors - One Change

  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!


  President's Message

 Upcoming Events

Resilience and Compassion Fatigue

Dan Totaro, MA LMFT, Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator

This presentation reviewed a wide array of information and skills to help therapists build resiliency against the potentially detrimental impact of our work. We as therapists can become so focused on the needs of those we serve that we forget to take time out for ourselves and find balance within the workday and our lives.  Unlike burnout, the impact of compassion fatigue can often be subtle and gradual, but the results just as harmful to our professional and personal lives. Participants explored effective strategies for coping with compassion fatigue as well as for developing professional and personal resilience. 

 Objectives were:

To understand:

  1. the concepts of compassion fatigue and resilience
  2. how to build and maintain resilience
  3. the elements of a self-care lifestyle
  4. how to identify and overcome roadblocks to developing and maintaining resilience

 Dan Totaro has 40 years experience in the chemical dependency and mental health fields. He holds a Masters Degree and has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1981. Over his career Dan has been fortunate to hold a variety of positions within the profession including: Executive Director of a community-based outpatient program; Program Director for a hospital based co-occurring disorders treatment program; private practice Marriage and Family Therapist, and Outreach Manager for a national chemical dependency treatment provider. Dan has provided trainings and lectures for: School Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, healthcare professionals, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, parent groups, medical professionals, lawyers, law enforcement personnel, and marketing and outreach professionals. 

Welcome New Members!

Robyn Black, Earbin Stanciell, Catherine Alix, Cassandra Garduno, Omar Gonzalez-Valentino, Heather Haywood, Susan Lehrman


There was a recent important vote by the CAMFT Board of Directors and the CAMFT Chapter Agreement has still not been finalized but progress is being made.  For more information on these topics or to make a comment, see the forum and news pages in the "Members Only" section of the website.


President's Message

CAMFT—a Trade Organization for LMFT’s


CAMFT chapters were formed so that therapists and interns could come together in a geographical area to learn from each other, receive CEU's, network together, and support each other in a work that often is lonely and isolating. The expectation is that our CAMFT leadership in San Diego would support and encourage this group of people to hone their skills, interact with home groups, and be a force for change in how insurance would understand what Marriage and Family Therapists learn in grad school, as well as how we practice our art and skill.


With the bylaws vote last year, we voted to keep our organization a trade organization specific to LMFT’s.  While we love to have other licensed mental health therapists join with us in the learning process and to network, we did want a place for MFT's to voice our needs in mental health arenas, like Veterans Administration work, Department of Mental Health, and as Medicare Providers. There is clearly enough folks who can benefit from LCSW's, MFT's, and the like.


But just as other organizations come together to form a "voice" to meet the needs of their members and meet the mental health needs of the public, we chose to have our "voice" remain clearly as Licensed Marriage, Family Therapists. I believe we have now formed a strong voice stating our needs, and will go on to meet the needs of the public by being a Membership of Marriage and Family Therapists for LMFT's. LCSW's have long had their voices heard through their National Social Workers Forum. Thank you to those who were alert to changes that would have changed CAMFT into an organization that would not have been specific to our profession and may not have had our best interests at heart.


We look forward with confidence to the coming year in which our newly-elected President, Laura Strom, and newly-elected board will lead us in becoming a more transparent, democratically-run organization that will be for the benefit of all of its members as well as the community at large.


Judy McGehee, LMFT
IE-CAMFT Chapter Co-President
Upcoming Events:

IE-CAMFT Board Retreat - July 24, 2015

Child Abuse:  What You Need to Know - August 28, 2015

Practical Aspects of Clinical Supervision of MFT/ASW Interns - September 25, 2015


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