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  September 2015

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

September Featured Event

September 25, 2015

9 AM - 11 AM

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 will help 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.


LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY │Department of Social Work & Social Ecology 1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA. 92408




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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:

  September Featured Event


  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!

  President's Message

 Upcoming Events

Child Abuse:  What You Need to Know

Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT & Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW

This seminar defined what is and isn’t child abuse, reviewed child abuse reporting, child abuse statutes, what happens to the information once it is reported, agency response time and outcomes, the juvenile court process, the juvenile dependency process, and the newer implications for CPS (exigency, warrants, trafficking, non-minor foster care, KATIE A. lawsuit), as well as reviewed some key strategies in working with children who have been abused

Learning Objectives:

After completing this workshop participants were able to:

  • complete a child abuse form and know who to call if they have questions
  • understand the process of CPS and how it relates to therapists
  • identify three key strategies/techniques that can be used in their practice with children who have been abused

Sheralyn L. Shockey-Pope, LMFT co-founded Central Counseling Services in Riverside, CA.  She specializes in working with people who have experienced traumatic events, anxiety and mood disorders. She is in full-time private practice.  Previously she was a Supervisor of the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services Resource Family Training and Assessment Unit, responsible for the County’s training of all foster, adoptive and kinship (relative) family training. She has 25 years of experience working within the CPS or probation department system in three counties. She also instructs for the Public Child Welfare Training Academy (CSUSD Foundation) training new social workers on family engagement, interviewing skills, intimate partner violence, mental health disorders, and self-care skills.

Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW & CAMFT member, founded Stolar Counseling & Consultation.  Nicol has been working with children and their families for over 18 years. She has worked in private therapeutic settings as well as public agencies. Nicol has expertise in the areas of mediation, child forensic interviewing, adoptions, training, child custody evaluation feedback/assessments, co-parenting boot camp, dependency proceedings and CPS/Law Enforcement investigations. Nicol has completed hundreds of child abuse investigations including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, domestic violence, and child deaths. She also teaches for the Public Child Welfare Training Academy which puts her expertise to work with new social workers across the six Southern California Counties. Nicol is an expert witness in Family Law Court and specializes in child abuse and maltreatment. She has recently been accepted as the Board of Behavioral Sciences expert witness for child custody evaluations.


Welcome New Members!

Christine Hjortnaes, Stacy Maggard, Jennifer Taglieri, Andrea Deaton, Sandra Washington


President's Message

Therapeutic Technology


The cell phone has become indispensable and most, if not all of our clients have them. Whether you love the phone or despise it, it is here to stay.  With the advent of the smartphone there are a plethora of apps tailor-made for them.  So what’s an app? It is simply a program that your phone can run, similar to a computer software program. There are many apps that are designed for mindfulness, inspiration, sleep, fitness, and self-care among others. I have listed a couple of my favorite ones and others that have been recommended by a few therapist friends. These apps can help both clients and therapists; think self-care. Most of these can easily be found in Google Play Store or the Apple Store depending on your platform.

1.       Simply Being Guided Meditation for Relaxation and Presence ($1.99) is available for both the iPhone and Android. This is great app to start off learning to meditate, it will help teach the beginner that there is “no correct way” to meditate thus taking off the pressure to do it right. You choose the length of time that you will rest and meditate and which background sounds you want to hear. If you have trouble sleeping, this app will help create a calm and restful space.

2.       The next app is the winner of 2014 Department of Defense Innovation Award The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) (Free) it was designed to be use by behavioral health providers and their clients as an adjunct to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.

3.       Calm (free) when you have a stressful day you have to try this app. This app has beautiful photos with nature sounds. It has a variety of different themes to help you relax. It can help with meditation, relaxation, and better sleep, plus it is free!

4.       Breathe2Relax (free) is a cool app that teaches diaphragmatic breathing exercises. This app will help clients to decrease their body's 'fight-or-flight' (stress) response. Breathe2Relax can also help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management and it is designed to be used with your therapist.
5.       5 Minute Journal ($4.99) - Many therapists encourage clients to journal as a main therapeutic tool, but some of our clients find it hard to think of what to write, draw a blank, or find the work intimidating or hard. This app provides subject prompts to help the client get started. It also has a nice feature that reminds clients to write in the morning and again once in the evening. Subject prompts include a focus on gratitude, positive affirmation, and short term goal setting.

There are plenty of apps out there to help with all sorts of problems and concerns our clients may have.  Some of these apps are great problem solvers and others are not. But since many of these apps are free it may be worth your time to evaluate them for yourself. Let me know what your favorite apps are

Until next time,

Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT

IE-CAMFT President

Upcoming Events:

Couples Tools: Moving Couples from STUCK to CONNECTED - October 23, 2015

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)



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