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  May 2017

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

  May 26, 2017 Featured Event: 

Taking the Fear out of Working with Eating Disorders, Part II

Gina Holmes, LMFT

Many therapists’ experience working with eating disorder clients has been fraught with anxiety, especially if they got caught up in the client’s circular--seemingly delusional--reasoning and/or began to personally identify with the obsessional torment ED clients can live in 24/7.  As statistically more people die from eating disorders than any other psychological disorder, some fear in treating this population is based in reality, and when a client’s eating disorder is threatening her or his life, you have to be more directive, which can be difficult for some therapists.

Because ED clients tend to be very adept at reading others and will pick up on any insecurity you may have about their treatment and use it as an excuse to believe in the terminal uniqueness that can accompany an eating disorder, the therapist must enter the treatment process confident in their skills as well as their understanding of eating disorders, the available medical and therapeutic support teams, and specific treatment plan options.

In addition to providing specific therapeutic techniques and skill sets for working with eating disorder clients, in this seminar we will discuss when to treat in private practice and when to refer out.  We will also discuss treatment contracts and forms you may want to have clients sign for their understanding and your protection.  You will also be given the APA Guidelines for the treatment levels of clients with eating disorders, so you can feel confident in your referrals.

This seminar will begin with a quick review of key concepts presented at the Part I seminar on October 28, 2016.


Attendees will be able to:

1) Name key concepts of working with eating disorders

2) Name specific interventions and treatment strategies for use by therapists

3)  Identify clients appropriate for services

4) Identify local resources for clients that need a higher level of care

Gina Holmes, LMFT has had extensive experience in working with eating disorder clients in the Inland Empire since 2005 where she has worked as a Clinical Therapist, Loma Linda University Behavioral Medical Center, Redlands, CA providing group, individual, and family therapy to both adolescents and adults in the Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program.  It was in this program that she worked with Kaiser psychiatrists contracted with the University who recruited her to come to Kaiser to start their Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program. 

As Program Developer and Manager, Adult Eating Disorder Program, Kaiser Permanente Department of Psychiatry, Fontana, CA, she has co-developed a leading outpatient eating disorder program within Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California region, and a complimentary Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program, which has been fully developed by 2009, and which has been the blueprint other Kaisers are using to develop their own eating disorder programs. The Fontana program regularly hosts observation visits from Kaisers throughout Southern California and provides guidance throughout their program development.

In addition to the EDIOP responsibilities, she also provides individual and family therapeutic services to adults with all types of diagnoses with an eclectic orientation and specialties in family of origin, inner child, and trauma issues. She has a strong working knowledge of 1) APA Guidelines regarding the Standard of Care for the treatment of Eating Disorders, and 2) local and state laws


Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT is a CAMFT Approved CEU Provider Agency  Provider # 62278

CEU Hours: This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Certificates: Completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation.

Refund Policy:  If a participant is unable to attend and notifies IE-CAMFT 24 hours in advance of the training, full reimbursement will be sent within ten (10) working days.

Grievance:  If any aspect of the training is not to the full satisfaction of any participant, please notify the coordinator, CEU committee chair, or another IE-CAMFT board member.  We hope to resolve any issue immediately on-site.  If not resolved, the full IE-CAMFT board will review and resolve the issue.

IE-CAMFT wishes all participants to have an excellent learning experience.  Please notify the coordinator or other board member if you need special accommodations.  If possible, call Garry Raley at (951) 640-5899 in advance



Election for IE-Board positions will take place at the May 26th IE-CAMFT Meeting. Message from your IE-CAMFT President:

Elections and Board Members

I know we are all very busy butyour board needs some help. We will be having our annual elections next meetingand we have a few spaces that need tending to: Please consider the followingpositions:

President-Elect – OPEN

Duties: Succeed to the presidency after one year. Performthe duties of President in his or her absence or incapacity. This is greatplace to see all the workings and get your feet wet. It is not that time-consumingand actually quite fun.

Secretary – OPEN (This MUST be filled) Please… please….thisis me begging.

Duties:Maintain the official records for the organization. Keep accurate minutes of all Board or businessmeetings and monitor Board discussions and make motions. Again, this job is nothard, you keep notes from the meeting (format provided) and generally lend ahand. Two people could share this job.

CEU Coordinator - OPEN

Duties:Create, distribute, collect, and maintain CEU evaluations and certificates,create evaluation summaries, maintain sign-in sheets and speaker resumes. Not agreat deal of time, print out the certificates and evaluations the night beforethe meeting and distribute and collect evals and certificates at the meeting. Youare going to be at the meeting anyway, come on guys.

Hospitality Always OPENto more helpers

Duties:Coordinates and organizes the refreshments at each training. This is a job forthose that love to shop and serve food. Not a heavy time-consuming job. But ahighly important one. The work of many hands makes this easy. Come to meetingabout 8:15 and help set up. It would be very helpful, again you’re coming tothe meetings anyway.

IE 3000 Club

The next IE 3000 Club will be meeting on June 17th @ 11:00 AM The speaker will be Jamie Roberts, LMFT. The topic will be Confidence as a Clinician. Address: 6840Indiana Ave. Suite 275, Riverside, CA 92506. If possible RSVP by June 16thas we serve lunch and do not want to over buy. You can RSVP easily on our Facebook page IE CAMFT 3000 club or by calling 951-778-0230 or text@951-323-2182. Also, if you find yourself available last minute please come even if you didn’t RSVP. We want to support our interns and students and this is a terrific way to meet others, network, and create your therapist tribe.

Women’s Retreat  

I wanted to inform you about an upcoming event in our therapy community Call 2017 Shine Retreat for Women. It is a weekend retreat available to all women. Its purpose is restoration, fun, and to connect. It is being held September 29-October 1, 2017. The hosts are Mari A. Lee, LMFT and Anna Osborn, LMFT both state CAMFT members. These incredible women are authors, podcasters and national speakers. This even promises to first class and full of decadent luxury.  For more information go to:

Sorry men, I do not have any information on a men’s retreat.  Maybe this is a good area to niche into?

This issue:

  May Event


  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!

  President's Message

Editor's Message: Update on SB 562

 Upcoming Events

The Neurobiology of Play Therapy: Child-Centered Play-Based Approaches that Enhance Sensory Integration and Emotional Regulation for the Developing Brain

Georgie Wisen, LMFT

Over the last decade, we have seen a significant trend toward integrating the neurobiological perspective when creating more effective therapeutic interventions for our clients. Play therapists have long been aware of the therapeutic benefits of play in working with children, but how does play specifically nurture healthy brain development? And how can we understand the neurobiology of play experiences that happen in the therapy room to optimize a child’s sensory integration and emotional regulation?

In this two-hour training, participants learned specific play practices designed to improve sensory and emotional functioning targeted to meet the diverse treatment needs of children, especially those children who seem impossible to work with from a cognitive-behavioral talk therapy model. Drawing on concepts of interpersonal neurobiology, the benefits of child-centered, brain-building play interventions to achieve relational attunement, neural integration, and the development of a fully functioning sense of self were clearly defined.

At the end of this 2 hour training, participants were able to:

1.  Describe Play Therapy theory and principles applicable to a child-centered model of therapy.
2.  Recognize the tools and materials necessary to use with clients in order to provide child-centered interventions that improve neural functioning.
3.  Utilize direct interventions designed to build up left-right brain integration, and bottom up/top down processing, leading to sensory and emotional improvement.
4.   Observe and track therapeutic change recognizing gains from an interpersonal neurobiology and play-based perspective.

Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT, RPT-S is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Georgie completed her post-graduate work and research in Child-Centered Play Therapy in London at the University of Roehampton. She has used individual play therapy, creative arts therapy, family play therapy, trauma-focused therapy and behavior modification in her work with children and teens in clinics, schools and nonprofit settings. 

She is a member of the American Association for Play Therapy and the British Association of Play Therapists, and frequently provides play therapy trainings to professional groups, community clinics and universities. Georgie is currently an instructor of play therapy courses and a clinical supervisor at the Loma Linda University School of Social Work, Play Therapy Certificate Program. Georgie has a private practice at The Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA.

Welcome New Members!

Amanda Cavicchi, Charles Palmieri, James Rogers

President's Message:  Do You Have a Business Plan?

Do you have a business plan? What is that you may be saying? A business plan is a basic vision of your business. Think of a business plan like a treatment you do in therapy. It's an assessment of where your business is right now. It’s also like a treatment plan as it guides your intervention within your business.  Think goals. The business plan does not have to be formal but each of you should have one in place if you are in private practice or you are wanting to be. I would take an hour or two and sit down and really think about how you want your business to be. This type of writing does not have to be formal enough to be presented to a bank for a bank loan.However, it should be written down after you have spent some time figuring out a vision for your business.  This is where you get to dream and dream big. The basic plan should include:

  • Why: Why are you a therapist? Why you are providing your services?
  • Who: Do you want to serve, the type of clients you enjoy working with; those you don’t enjoy working with. Remember we can’t serve everyone nor should we try.
  • What: What services do you want to include; are you the best couple’s therapist or are groups your thing? Do you teach and will you be bringing that income into your business (which has tax benefits)? Think about what you or your team provide to your clients; it could be as simple as individual therapy, couple, family or maybe a psychoeducational class like parenting or grief and loss.
  • Where: The location of your business will it be a home-based business or in an actual building, sharing an office with several other therapists or will you rent one room or share with another therapist? If you are in a building, does the facility fit your business? Are you in a professional building or in a strip mall? Is the building big enough? Do you need more treatment rooms or are you adding therapists and interns to your practice?
  • When: When will you start your business or if you have one started, when will you add more services, clients or maybe treatment rooms? Maybe you want to add supervision or another therapist to your practice.
  • Resources: To whom in your area do you refer?Who are your referral sources (You should be able to name at least 5)? What staff do you need to make this happen? A virtual assistant, office assistant, biller, or answering service? What do you need to make this business work for you instead of you working for it?
  • Goals: Take where you are now and where you want to be in say 3 months, 6 months or next year. We can’t get to a place if we do not have any idea of where we are going.

I would try to project out at least two years, three would be optimal. Then review your plan yearly. Ask yourself how close am I to my goals? Do I need to make more money? How many clients did I serve? Do I need to purchase health insurance? Did I take enough vacation time? How is my social media plan working? Did I blog consistently?

Having a vision in the form of a business plan will make you more successful as a business owner. There is something about seeing all of your wonderful accomplishments over the year that is motivating.  Keep the plan simple at first; you can always make it more detailed along the way. 

As your board president, I wanted to thank you for your support and encouragement many of you have provided to me during my last two years of service. I have enjoyed my time as president and I have learned a great deal. I have heard from many of you that the newsletter is something that you read monthly and you have enjoyed the information shared. This newsletter is the work of a few dedicated hands, thank you Carol and all who contribute regularly. After this month’s election, I will be handing the reins over to the very competent Janetta Peltz and I trust you will continue to support her as she leads our organization.

Please think about becoming involved in IE CAMFT; it is helpful to the chapter but it also gives back to us personally.Additionally, you get to meet and work with some awesome people. I am humbled by all the fabulous work each of you are doing and collectively all the healing that our community is receiving from your tireless work. Our world continues to need us more than ever and I hope that IE CAMFT will continue to support the work and provide trainings to help each of us become better clinicians.  I will continue to be part of this organization as your Past President and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone to see the magic that happens outside that zone. Godspeed to us all.


Sherry Shockey-Pope, IE-CAMFT President

 Message from the Editor re Healthcare/Update on Single Payer:*

One week ago the House of Representatives passed their latest version of the AHCA that not only robs Medicare and ends MediCal expansion, totally defunds Planned Parenthood on which millions of women depend for reproductive care, reinstates excluding people with pre-existing conditions (which outrageously includes SEXUAL ASSAULT, a particularly depraved inclusion), and removes mental health and addiction treatment as essential health benefits.  This bill epitomizes the depths to which for-profit healthcare can sink in its pursuit of greed as it targets the most vulnerable--children, elders, the disabled--and is especially aimed at women (did I mention it also ends maternal care)?  The AHCA is an extremely offensive piece of legislation for anyone who cares about ethical healthcare.  For more information see:


This is a serious crisis, to which the answer is not a patched-up Affordable Care Act, which leaves the profiteering insurance companies and pharmaceuticals in charge and offers basically catastrophic coverage, once the high premiums and high deductibles are figured into the equation.  The only economically sensible and humane choice is Single Payer/ Medicare-for-All, and luckily we have a great bill in the California Senate, SB 562, which will put an end to privatized healthcare and cover everyone for everything, and put providers back in charge of healthcare.


We have a very narrow window however to get this passed as it must pass the Appropriations Committee and then be brought for a floor vote before the end of May when the legislative session ends, so if you agree that it is high time that healthcare be put back in the hands of providers and our clients, please help by calling our California state senators and telling them to vote for SB 562, and by calling the members of the Appropriations Committee and telling them to vote for SB 562!  Here are their names and numbers:


Senate Appropriations Committee: 


916/651-4033 - Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair - author of SB 562

916/651-4036 - Senator Patricia Bates, Vice-Chair

916/651-4015 - Senator Jim Beall

916/651-4013 - Senator Jerry Hill

916/651-4044 - Senator Jim Nielson

916/651-4035 - Senator Steven Bradford

916/651-4011 - Senator Scott Wiener


Senate Districts, 20, 23, and 28

20 – Connie Leyva – 916-651-4020

23 – Mike Morrell – 916-651-4023

28 – Jeff Stone – 916-651-4028

If you don't know your senate district, go to this link:  State Representatives where you can find both your California senator and your Assemblymember.  We need to call our representatives in the California Assembly and tell them to vote yes as well.  For most of us in the Inland Empire that person is Chad Mayes of the 42nd Assembly District.  His phone number is:  916-319-2042.

*This message reflects the opinion of the newsletter editor, Carol A. Bouldin, LMFT who is not writing on behalf of the IE-CAMFT Board or Chapter, but who is expressing her own personal opinion.

Upcoming Events:

Suicide Prevention - June 23, 2017

Board Retreat - No Meeting
 - July 28, 2017

Effective Co-Parenting Strategies - August 25, 2017



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