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  November 2015

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

November Featured Event

November 20, 2015

(Note Date)

9 AM - 11 AM

Dementia: What is it, What’s Normal Aging, and What Do We Do?

Summary:  This course will provide an overview of the multiple kinds of dementia faced by families and their loved ones. It will distinguish between the losses seen in normal again versus the clear indicators of dementia. It will address the greater impact of early onset dementia and how that changes the course of the illness. We will discuss the reality that dementia is in fact a terminal illness, and leads to death, and how that should change the conversation about what needs to be taken care of and the issues confronting families.

Participants will be able to identify/describe/discuss:

  • Types of dementia
  • Normal aging brain loss traits
  • Increase in dementia with age
  • Early onset dementia
  • Managing someone with dementia

Clinicians will also learn the following in dealing with families with dementia impacting them:

how to speak with doctors, documenting symptoms, locating online education and support, being realistic about limits and the need for outside help and asking for help, caregiver strain and illness, understanding anticipatory grief, including:

  •  Things NOT to say to families dealing with dementia
  • Things NOT to do or say to those living with dementia

The list of stuff to get done if dementia is setting in: POA, DPOA, POLST, trusts, Living Wills, videos, letters, “buckets,” creating a village at home
  • Dementia buddies
  • Dementia villages
Jill is a therapist in private practice in Riverside, where she co-owns Central Counseling Services with Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT. Jill completed her MSW at the University of South Florida. Her professional life has been anchored by hospice, grief and loss, life transitions, and adoptions. She created the online grief recovery program “Your Path Through Grief,” which is available at  She is a Certified Grief Recovery Facilitator through the Grief Recovery Institute. Jill is also a member of the Riverside Mayor’s Task Force for creating a Purple City, focusing on the issues of dementia in the population. She created and facilitates a dementia support group monthly in Riverside, and provides services for families facing dementia and the multiple issues that overwhelm families coping with dementia in their midst. She is also a regular presenter at the Death Café at Cal State Fullerton’s OLLIE program.


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IE CAMFT 2015-2016 Board of Directors

We still have open board positions!  We need a President-Elect and a CEU Coordinator--please join our board and help the chapter! Contact any member of the board if you are interested.

This issue:

  November Featured Event


  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!

  President's Message

 Upcoming Events


Dr. Catherine Wheeler


The focus of this presentation was to present therapists with user-friendly TOOLS for couples therapy in order to guide growth and assist couples to: 

  • stop being STUCK in BLAMING
  • increase INSIGHT into healthier PATTERNS
  • develop more MATURE BEHAVIOR

Therapists are often overwhelmed and confused by the daunting challenges of working with couples. It's important to avoid triangulation with one partner, taking sides, counter-transference, and the trap of giving advice. Using TOOLS with couples guides the couples to take responsibility for their own growth, to learn to be a team, to facilitate each other feeling heard, and to stop blaming and acting out anger and passive-aggressive patterns. Just giving couples "good advice" isn't enough for real growth and change!

will give therapists some user-friendly tools to help their couples grow into healthier and more mature patterns with each other. Therapists often feel overwhelmed with the daunting task of getting high-conflict, dependent, or immature partners to stop venting and blaming, take responsibility, show empathy and be a team.  Couples need specific tools to stop being triggered and reacting, to avoid shutting down, and "get out of their heads." These tools are also very useful for clients with anxiety, anger and negative thinking. Use tools with both your individual clients as well as your couples!

Objectives for participants of seminar were to learn:

1. how to use specific user-friendly tools/skills/steps for couples growth

2. how to avoid triangulation, siding with a partner, unprofessional alliances

3. how to use homework effectively with couples

4. how to increase couples' insight & responsibility

Dr. Wheeler has been in private practice since 1978. During this time she has focused on creating tools to guide couples’ issues and increase couples’ skills.  She leads monthly workshops based on the skills and tools in her books (on HIGHER LEVEL LOVE--TOOLS FOR HEART-CENTERED LOVE. She has also been a presenter at other CAMFT chapters and at the CAMFT conference, and now trains interns, is a CE provider, and will be offering workshops for therapists interested in using tools in their practice. Her workshops are described at

Welcome New Member!

Debra Wilson


President's Message

Thanks Giving Season


As I sit down to write this it’s still 91 degrees outside and my daughter and I just finished removing our Halloween decorations at our home and so we have officially entered into the “holiday season.” Soon it will be Veteran’s day followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and then New Year’s. Wow! I’m tired just thinking about it. Have you thought about some self-care or some time off just for you?

As my daughter and I packed up our decorations on that warm day we started talking about being grateful for the lives we have and the ability we have to live as we want. We are grateful to all our veterans for their many sacrifices and their overall service.

As a business owner, I am grateful to be able to help others through their difficult times and have the freedom to set my own schedule, plus I get to work with a wonderful group of people every day. I am also very thankful for all of you, CAMFT members for your friendship, sharing of your ideas and knowledge so freely with me. Lastly, I am very grateful for the chapter’s board and all the hard work and energy that each of them put in each and every month. Plus they also seem to have new ideas brewing that continue to improve our chapter.

I hope you and your family and friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Until next time,


Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT

IE-CAMFT President

Upcoming Events:

Holiday Party - December 12, 2015 (stay tuned for location)

Help Me Help Her: A Presentation Supporting Providers Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence - January 22, 2016

Using the Language of the Law to “Salt & Pepper” Your Treatment Records (6 hours) - February 26, 2016



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