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  March 2015

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

March Featured Event

March 27, 2015

9 AM - 11 AM

Worries No More! The Design of a Little Helper

Children/adults often have severe anxiety due to something traumatic that has happened in their life or something beyond their control. Creating a worry doll provides the client a way to release their worries and give them to the doll, keeping them away from the client.

  1. Attendees will understand the significance of a worry doll, its origin, and the purpose of creating worry dolls

  2. Attendees will know how to use the dolls in various ways: for case management, therapy, or as an ice breaker

  3. Attendees will know the types of mental disorders with which this technique works best

Mercedes Borrayos is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of La Verne. Starting out, she worked for one of the largest non-profit agencies in Southern California and has published in a book, “Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families” by Liana Lowenstein. She has a long history of working with children and adults who suffer from various mental disorders,
PTSD, MDD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Acute Stress Disorders, and ADHD, among others. Many of these children were suicidal, homicidal, or both, and were in need of intensive services due to the severity of their disorders.

Currently Ms. Borrayos works for a non-profit organization providing intensive outpatient services to adult populations who have recently been discharged from a hospital setting. Ms. Long feels that working with traumatized people has been rewarding as it has given her the opportunity to gain insight and intervene when clients are most vulnerable.

 Loma Linda University Behavioral Health Institute, 1686 Barton Road, Redlands, CA 92373


This issue:

  March Featured Event

  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!

  President's Message

 Upcoming Events


  • Are You Ethical? You Sure? (6 hours)

Course Description: Dave Jensen reviewed the ten fundamentals of the psychotherapy profession, and compared and contrasted key sections from the Code of Ethics of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the National Association of Social Workers.


Learning Objectives:

This workshop was designed to help you:

  • Identify the ten fundamentals of practicing legally, ethically, safely and confidently.
  • Describe ethical conduct within the therapist-patient relationship.
  • Compare how confidentiality is addressed differently under law and ethical codes.
  • Identify what it means to be ethical in terms of personal conduct.
  • Describe particular ethical standards and how they relate to supervisor, student, and supervisee relationship and responsibilities.
  • Describe the ethical obligations that you may owe to colleagues.
  • Identify ethical obligations you owe to your profession.
  • Identify ethical obligations you owe to the legal system.
  • Describe the ethical standards and how they relate to your financial arrangements with your patients.
  • Compare and contrast the laws pertaining to advertising with the ethical standards pertaining to the same subject.


Speaker Bio:

Dave Jensen has been a Staff Attorney with CAMFT since April 2002. Dave graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History, and he received his law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. He is also currently working on a master’s degree in English from Fort Hays State University. 


Before joining CAMFT, Dave Jensen worked for Foley & Lardner, a large national law firm, where he regularly established and advised nonprofit organizations.  As an attorney with CAMFT, he consults with its members regarding their legal and ethical dilemmas. He is a regular contributor to The Therapist magazine, and he gives numerous law and ethics presentations to chapters, schools, and agencies each year.


Welcome New Members!

Jennifer Henshaw, Valerie Pena, Tiahna Frankian


President's Message


 As president of the Inland Empire Chapter, I am thankful I was a part of a transforming year for CAMFT. I believe I was able to contribute to its original vision of promoting MFT’s and the needs of the profession. I chose to be a part of the “Save CAMFT,” now CAMFT, effort to keep CAMFT an organization that remains focused on the needs and interests of MFT’s. Save CAMFT was instrumental in keeping CAMFT from becoming a generic mental health organization, which had been the CAMFT Board’s plan. I spent hours talking to people and handing out flyers to inform members of the CAMFT Board’s intentions.

Because of the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by the CAMFT Board to defend that agenda, many of us have continued to seek transparency regarding this and other issues. I attended the CAMFT Board meeting in Berkeley to challenge the Board on their intentions and continued direction of vision. I took the opportunity to speak to the CAMFT Board and believe I was a voice for all of us, who are just trying to make a living and be heard. I went to the Leadership Conference in San Jose, and challenged them on the same issues, and also went to a CAMFT Connect event, where the medium for speaking was reduced to written questions to which the Board chose to respond.

I am handing over my role as chapter president to two strong leaders, Sherry Shockey-Pope and Judy McGehee. As you know, we are all volunteers and to maintain our voice and accountability, it takes all of us to do what we can. We need to continue to let the CAMFT Board know how their efforts can best serve us. You know that with any relationship, it takes communication and clarification. I hope you will find that place where you can be involved. We are CAMFT. We are what we make it.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve and represent you.

Janine Murray, LMFT

Upcoming Events:

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

Broken Families with Danielle Lipkin, LMFT - May 22, 2015

Problem Gambling is Not a Major Issue.... Wanna bet? - June 26, 2015

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