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  October 2015

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

October Featured Event

October 23, 2015

9 AM - 11 AM


Dr. Catherine Wheeler


The focus of this presentation is 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 are 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


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BBS CEU Provider Status - Notice re Seminars Feb-June posted on NEWS Page on Website under the Members Only Section

A Big Thank you to new IE-CAMFT Board Member Omar Valentino-Gonzalez for setting up our new IE-CAMFT Linked-In & Facebook Groups/Pages--go online and check them out and connect with us!

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:

  October Featured Event


  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!

  President's Message

 Upcoming Events

What's Love Got to Do With It?

Understanding Sexual Addiction

Heather Seguin, Registered Marriage & Family Intern, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate

Problematic sexual behaviors are an increasing sociological and therefore clinical issue. Some people may be aware of how their sexual choices are negatively impacting their life and will seek help on their own. Oftentimes, it is only after significant loss (discovery by partner, being fired, getting arrested) that a person will walk through our doors. This presentation helped clinicians identify problematic sexual behaviors and develop tools for helping clients create a healthier overall lifestyle and sexuality.

Learning Objectives: 

1) Develop an understanding of process/behavioral addictions

2) Learn foundational assessment tools for identifying sexual addiction/compulsion

3) Understand the traumatic impact of addiction on partners of sex addicts

4) Be able to implement introductory interventions and gain knowledge of other resources available

Heather Seguin is a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern (#67048) employed and supervised by Dan Drake, LMFT, LPCC, CSAT-S. She is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and a Certified Clinical Partner Specialist Candidate with the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS). She currently practices in Studio City and will be building a private practice in the Inland Empire upon licensure.

Welcome New Members!

Adina Silva and Martha Wethey


President's Message


Did you see the moon, the blood moon, and the eclipse other night? Wasn’t that such a grand sight?  It was absolutely beautiful!  Part of my self-care includes taking time to enjoy the nature around us.  I hope nature is in your self-care plan too.  Do you have a self-care plan? As we are in the last quarter of this year, are you starting to plan next year? Have you thought about scheduling some time off? I sure hope so; getting that precious time in your calendar now for next year will assure that you are fresh for your clients and your family. 

Fall is now here, despite being 95 degrees outside. I want to remind you of a few upcoming things from CAMFT. First of all CAMFT Connects are back: the next one is set for November 7, 2015 from 10am-3pm in Los Angeles and San Rafael. This is a great opportunity to share your feelings about CAMFT and help guide its direction as an association. The second item I wanted to make sure you knew about is the Fall Symposium scheduled to take place November 14-15 2015 @ the Hilton in Costa Mesa/Orange County.  This is another great opportunity to increase your knowledge.  Some of the topics include: “Marketing Your Practice” by my friend Ernesto Segismundo, Jr.  Ernesto helps therapists include video in their practices among other great marketing ideas. Other topics are “Legal and Ethical Issues in Supervision,” “Integration of Poetry in the Treatment of Trauma,” and lastly the topic of “Becoming Better at What We Do.”  Both days sound wonderful and it will be hard to pick which sessions to attend.

As always, please let me know if you have questions about your Chapter or ideas you would like to see implemented.  I would love to hear from you. My email is    

Until next time,


Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT

IE-CAMFT President

Upcoming Events:

Dementia: What is it, What’s Normal Aging, and What do we do? - November 20, 2015 (Note Date)

Holiday Event - To be announced (stay tuned)

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



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