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Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT


 October 2018

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter


October Featured Events

Stepping Outside of the Box: Creative Play Therapy Interventions

Stefanie Sherbon, LMFT, Registered Play Therapist

Do you ever feel stuck or run out of ideas to use with your “kid clients?” Are you in need of child abuse/trauma techniques at your site? This two-hour presentation is designed to help therapists “step outside of the box” and find creative play therapy interventions that can be used in their practice with children. Directive versus non-directive play therapy techniques will be discussed. Non-threatening techniques to assist children, who have experienced abuse/trauma, as well as, grief and loss will be emphasized in this seminar. Case examples and demonstrations will be provided to illustrate the use of these playful and interactive strategies.


In this two-hour training, creative play therapy interventions to assist children, who have experienced abuse/trauma and grief/loss will be emphasized. Case examples and demonstrations will be provided to illustrate the use of these playful and interactive techniques to help fellow therapists find new strategies to use with their child clients.


1. Participants will be able to identify and discuss the use of directive vs. non-directive play therapy techniques.

2. Participants will be able to describe the appropriate use (and selection) of toys and other materials for the play room.

3. Participants will be able apply play therapy interventions for children, who have experienced grief and loss.

4. Participants will be able to utilize creative play therapy techniques for children, who have experienced abuse/trauma.


Stefanie Sherbon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist, who has been providing child therapy for over 10 years. She believes in empowering kids and helping them openly express themselves through Play Therapy. She received her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University (CBU). She also completed a Play Therapy Certificate Program at University of California, San Diego Extension Center and is a member of the Association for Play Therapy. She has been serving as an adjunct professor at California Baptist University for over 7 years, where she teaches courses in Counseling Techniques, Child and Adolescent Techniques, and Play Therapy for Special Populations. Her background includes: providing therapy to foster children at a non-profit agency, counseling school-aged children at Riverside Unified School District, and serving as a clinician at a county contracted agency to assist underserved populations (ages 4 and up) in multiple settings (schools, homes, and clinic). Stefanie Sherbon has a wealth of experience providing play therapy to children for a variety of mental health issues, such as: abuse, trauma, grief and loss, divorce, bullying, depression, anxiety, and ADHD.

In addition to her work as a therapist and teaching at CBU, she has provided trainings on play therapy at San Bernardino County Training Institute, Loma Linda University, and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Recently, she created a therapeutic game, Owl Pal Truth, for children who have been abused.


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.

OCD Documentary October 14th


Do you know someone who has OCD? Do you have OCD yourself and wish loved ones and friends could better understand what you go through and how to support you? Marie Bassil will be hosting a documentary night showing real life stories of those who suffer from OCD on Sunday 10/14 in honor of OCD awareness week. Donation of $10 requested. There will also be an (optional) opportunity to donate to the International OCD Foundation to help provide needed resources to others with OCD. 

This event will take place in downtown Redlands at Home of Integrative Wellbeing, 131 Cajon St. Suite 3, Redlands, CA 92373. More details TBD. Spaces are limited- Please contact Marie at (909) 494-2237 for more information or to sign up!  



Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW  promoted three books:

“Your Own Path Through Grief,” a workbook for your journey to recovery

“Someone is sick, how do I say goodbye?”

“Someone I love just died- what happens now?”

The workbook is a solution-focused approach to recovery from grief, and can be used immediately after a death or much later. It is designed to be usable in the setting of a group, with a therapist, or independently.

The other two are children's books, and were written to prepare children for a coming death in realistic terms, and for what happens in funerals, cremations, and touches on the grief process. Both books have a section in the back for adults to help them use the right words in teaching children about loss, and the second book has child-friendly definitions of terms used in the book.

She will also have “Your Path Through Grief,” a year-long process for grievers available.

Stefanie Sherbon, LMFT promoted her therapeutic game ‘Owl Pal’ for abused children.

Brief Description:

Owl Pal Truth is a “True, False, or Dare” therapeutic game for children, who have experienced abuse. Instead of keeping abuse a secret, children get to uncover the truth about themselves and what happened to them. It was designed for professionals, such as: therapists, play therapists, school counselors, social workers, and psychologists to use with clients to help empower them. This fun, interactive game aims to help children process the abuse, reduce negative beliefs and feelings of guilt, increase their sense of worth, and build a positive self-image.

Lori Orr Kovach promoted her book: ‘Burned: Pyromania, Murder, and A Daughter's Nightmare’ (By: Frank C. Girardot Jr. with Lori Orr Kovach)

For years Lori Orr believed her Los Angeles firefighter dad was a selfless hero. When Lori’s dad was arrested and charged with four murders and countless arson fires, it was her testimony that helped keep him from being sent to Death Row. Eventually, Lori’s search for the truth led her to the dark secrets lurking in her family’s past and to an inescapable conclusion about the remorseless killer and arsonist known as the "Pillowcase Pyro" and his reign of terror in sunny Southern California.

Holli Kenley, M.A., MFT displayed her books and programs including:

Power Down & Parent Up:  Cyber Bullying, Screen Dependence & Raising Tech-Healthy Children” providing parents/guardians with effective strategies to integrate into their lives and their children’s.

Daughters Betrayed By Their Mothers: Moving From Brokenness To Wholeness” providing audiences with an intimate exploration into the lives of females who chose wellness over victimhood.

“Breaking Through Betrayal: And Recovering The Peace Within” 2nd Edition” offering readers a comprehensive healing journey for breaking free from any kind of betrayal injury.

Patrick Poor, LMFT informed people about Trauma Conversion Therapy, and offered 4 free CEUs to any therapist who watches 2 videos of presentations he did on treating PTSD as a Dissociative Disorder.

Dr. Bill Shearer  promoted his book, Mindful Choices for Well-Being

Brief Description: This book is an excellent resource for therapists and life coaches as it allows for systematic and individualized treatment and growth toward well-being. It also works well in group therapy and he has been conducting a Mindful Choices for Well-Being therapy group for several years.

Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT  promoted her Therapist Practice in a Box: Let's Get Your Private Practice done! (12-week coaching)

Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT is Founder of Therapist Practice in a Box design to help graduate students, newly licensed practitioners, or anyone that wants to build a successful private practice the first time. She provides the support and coaching you need. Her attitude of “let’s get it done and stop talking about it” approach has helped many struggling clinicians. She is the cheering squad you need to build that successful practice. She is passionate about helping and teaching others how to build a private practice. Therapists Practice in a Box is the graduate school program on business practice building that you never had. Her website “” has many other helpful resources for clinicians.

Carol Adkisson, LMFT Written from the perspective of a patient and clinician, Recovering My Life – A personal bariatric story is a raw reflection of weight loss using bariatric surgery as a tool.  The book explores the emotional reasons for compulsive overeating and reveals the rarely shared truth from this writer’s perspective.

The companion book, Recovering My Life – Your Story – guides the reader through the process of discovering how her relationship with food negatively affected every aspect of her life. The workbook/journal brings the reader face-to-face with how s/he uses food to mask her/his emotional brokenness.

Debra Walker, Ph.D. promoted her book entitled “His History, Her Story”. It is the first book to explore the impact of male childhood sexual abuse on adult relationships. Aimed at helping both the partners of trauma survivors and mental health professionals, the book is written from the unique perspective of Dr. Debra Warner, the leading American forensic psychologist in the field of male trauma who is married to a trauma survivor. Dr. Warner, who is one of few women specializing in male trauma shares both her story and her husband’s as they make the journey to healing and recovery. Using the wisdom gained from her personal and professional experience, she provides hands-on direction as both wife and forensic psychologist to help survivors and their partners lead the rich and fulfilling relationships that they deserve.

For mental health professionals, this book represents a groundbreaking resource that explores in detail the phenomenon of male trauma and related issues. It contains the largest compilation of papers by leading psychologists and professionals working in the field of male trauma and relationships.

Traci Lowenthal, Psy.D.: promoted her book: Working with Transgender and Gender-Expansive Clients: A Foundational Guide for Therapists.

Clinical therapists and mental health providers who care for transgender and gender-expansive clients must be more than merely tolerant, more than LGBTQIA+ “friendly.” To be truly affirming of expansive people, providers must be knowledgeable and continuously expanding that knowledge as the communities evolve and expand.   This book offers insights and up-to-date practical advice for clinical therapists and mental health providers contemplating care for transgender and gender-expansive clients.

Tyra Butler, LMFT

"How to Start and Grow Your Pre-Licensed Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide to Hit the Ground Running" is a new, online course to give early career therapists an edge to get into private practice, ethically and legally. You'll end up with an established practice that can sustain you throughout pre-licensure and beyond!

It includes:

-The top 10 benefits of starting a practice now rather than waiting until you're licensed

-How to move past the intimidation and anxiety surrounding getting into a private practice

-How to find a supervisor, with secrets to accelerate the process and land an ideal supervisor, including how to negotiate the best financial and overall arrangement to maximize earning potential

-What you need to know about the business side of private practice and your responsibilities versus your supervisor’s

-How to get clients and create a referral generation system

-How to effectively guide the first sessions so you can keep clients and increase your retention rates

The goal is to get you established and on your way to having a successful, thriving practice that sustains you financially and fits with the rest of your life, and so you can take care of yourself and your family, and not feel burned out or overworked. Tyra Butler is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who started and grew a successful practice while pre-licensed. She's grown practices in two cities and teaches others how to do it as well. Sign up on the waitlist (

 Learn more about her coaching services

This issue:  

October Featured Event

Announcement: OCD Documentary 10/14/18

t Our Last Meeting

Welcome New and Renewing Members!                                          
Editor's Note re Women's Healing

Upcoming Events

Also Last Month:

Working with Gender & Sexually Diverse Clients

Patricia Gonzalez, LMFT 

Working with Gender & Sexually Diverse Clients is an LGBT Affirmative Training session with immediate application for both clinical and non-clinical attendees. The focus of the training was to gain an understanding of the intersection of sexual and gender identity with mental health effects.  By gaining an understanding of the experiences and struggles of LGBTQ individuals and how to improve your provision of culturally appropriate care attendees took away interventions for immediate use in improving mental health outcomes with LGBT clients. 


1.        Attendees gained an understanding of the variety of terms related to diverse sexual and gender identities.
2.        Attendees explored the intersection of sexual/gender identity and mental health effects to understand experiences and struggles of LGBTQIA individuals and why provision of culturally appropriate care is paramount

3.       Attendees learned the safety considerations for our clients during the coming out process. 
4.       Attendees learned best practices related to housing, documentation, and medication related to gender diverse clients. 


    Patricia Gonzalez is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in working with LGBTQIA people of color.  She graduated from the Latinx Family Specialization in the school of cultural psychology at Pacific Oaks College. Her training included positions at the Los Angles Lesbian and Gay Center, The Orange County Child Abuse Prevention  Center, Amanecer Community Counseling Center and currently ongoing with Creative Insights Counseling.  She is the Senior Staff Therapist and Director of Outreach and Education of Creative Insights Counseling, a two location, private practice in the Inland Empire. Ms. Gonzalez has appeared on national television and provides workshops to many types of professionals with regard to working with the LGBTQIA people of color.  She provides clinical consultation to mental health providers across the country and in Canada.  Ms. Gonzalez is adjunct faculty at the University of Redlands and is currently teaching at Pacific Oaks College. 

    Welcome New Members!

    JulieEstrella, Marie Bassil, Jose M. Flores

    Thank you for renewing!

    Vickie Marshall, Catherine Caporale, Alicia McCleod

    Renewal Reminders:  Teresa Rimmer, Christie Stegmaier, NicoleSerrano, Edgar Ruano, Jenna Hardy, Danielle Bowen, Christine Hjortnaes, JennaCollins-Ebbesen, Lisa Popper, Sabrina Marquez,  Andrea Moore-Emmett, Betty Odak, NicholleStepanian, Katherine Hunter, Ronena Summers, LuAnn Ahrens, Sarah Oh, MonicaSmith, Jasmine Goindi, Sarah Wood


    It is YOU the members who keep our chapter going!  If your membership is up for renewal please complete the renewal process as soon as possible--your membership is the backbone of our organization and what allows us to keep offering great seminars and CEUs, the Therapist Directory, Membership Directory, and more.  Thank you! :)


    Editor's Note:

    In light of the recent Senate hearings and the fact that women comprise the vast majority of clients, as well as therapists, not to mention are 52% of the population, we therapists would be well-advised to be especially attuned to our female clients, co-workers, and ourselves as many of us will have been triggered by this replay of the Thomas hearings nearly 30 years ago where Anita Hill was grilled by some of the same men questioning Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. 

    Given the fact that the testimony of the women who came forward to share their sexual abuse experiences at the hands of the nominee was ultimately disregarded, and the solicitous attention given to the nominee while they were subjected to the usual disbelief, scrutiny re motives, and in Dr. Ford’s case, even death threats, these events have to be evoking strong feelings that are difficult to manage.  In addition, the profuse apologies by several of the men in the Senate to the nominee for “what he has gone through” and then the president’s callous, insensitive statements about how it is “a dangerous time to be male” have to be especially excruciating to bear for female victims of male violence and assault.  Women need safe spaces to recover.

    Those of us therapists who have specialized in treating women and abuse victims realize that when dealing with our female clients, whether individually or in couple therapy, these kinds of events will very likely be eliciting anxiety, rage, depression, and/or an exacerbation of PTSD symptoms, and may be causing a lot of tension in women’s relationships, especially with males with whom they may be intimate.  It is crucial that we act in a manner that telegraphs our unequivocal support, empathy, and understanding for the real victims in order to not only help them heal, but to not inflict more wounds.

    Upcoming Events:

    Sex Addiction or Hurtful Behavior?  Helping Couples Understand and Heal from Betrayal - November 16, 2018

    Holiday Party - December 15, 2018

    A Twin's Dialectic:  Being Noticed or Being Known - January 25, 2019



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