NEW LOCATION FOR MONTHLY MEETINGS--SEE BELOW!
AT OUR LAST MEETING . . .
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
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
knowledge of some of the mechanisms contributing to the maintenance of
the problem behavior and interventions to assist the client in behavior
- Increase knowledge of treatment resources available for problem gamblers
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
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
still have open board positions! We need a President-Elect, a
Secretary, and a CEU Coordinator--please join our board and help the
June Featured Event
2015-2016 IE-CAMFT Board of Directors - One Change
At Our Last Meeting
Welcome New Members!
Resilience and Compassion Fatigue
Dan Totaro, MA LMFT, Certified Compassion Fatigue EducatorThis
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.
- the concepts of compassion fatigue and resilience
- how to build and maintain resilience
- the elements of a self-care lifestyle
- how to identify and overcome roadblocks to developing and maintaining resilience
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
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
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
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