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  April 2017

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

April 28, 2017 Featured Event: 

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, you will learn 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 will be clearly defined.

At the end of this 2 hour training, participants will be 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.

    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.  If you are interested in one of the open positions, please contact a board member.

    Slate of Board Candidates for May 2017- May 2018 Term

    President –  Janetta Peltz

    Duties: Exercise general supervision over chapter activities, provide leadership, conduct chapter affairs in accordance with the chapter bylaws and/or operating policies, and coordinate and preside over chapter meetings.

    Past-President – Sherry Shockey-Pope

    Duties: Provide advice and leadership regarding past practices in order to assist the board; support the president and president-elect as needed.

    President-Elect – OPEN

    Duties: Succeed to the presidency after one year. Perform the duties of President in his or her absence or incapacity.

    Board Members-at-Large – Paul Velen, Martha Wethey, Keyvan Geula, Omar Gonzalez-Valentino, Carol Adkisson, Zanetta van Putten

    Duties:  Liaisonbetween the membership and the Board of Directors. Available to the Presidentto perform assigned duties as needed. 

    Treasurer/Financial Officer - Steve Gray

    Duties: Keep financial records and report all monetary activity for the Chapter. Provide quarterly reports, disburse the funds of the chapter, and prepare a proposed annual budget.

    Membership Chair – Carol A. Bouldin

    Duties: Maintain the official list of members and promote active participation. Inform members of annual dues, receive monies, and transfer said monies and membership information; ongoing communication with members

    Secretary – OPEN

    Duties: Maintain the official records for the organization. Keep accurate minutes of all Board or business meetings and monitor Board discussions and make motions.

    CEU Coordinator - OPEN

    Duties: Create, distribute, collect, and maintain CEU evaluations and certificates, create evaluation summaries, maintain sign-in sheets and speaker resumes.

    Newsletter Editor/Webmistress – Carol A. Bouldin

    Duties: In charge of creating and maintaining the newsletters and website, which includes diverse tasks such as handling ad requests, editing all submissions, posting, scheduling, coordinating, event management, disseminating information, etc.

    Program Chair – Ilse Aerts

    Duties: Finding, coordinating, and scheduling the presenters for chapter seminars; handling agreements between presenters and chapter.

    Hospitality – Annette Compton, Jeanne Joslin, OPEN to more helpers

    Duties: Coordinates and organizes the refreshments at each training.


    This issue:

    April Event


      At Our Last Meeting

      Welcome New Members!

      President's Message

     Upcoming Events

    “I Want to Start a Private Practice but....”

    Sheralyn (Sherry) Shockey-Pope, LMFT


    We spend a great amount of time learning how to become excellent therapists and we develop our skills set to deliver high quality services. However, we are not taught how to develop or manage a business. We lack the resources and know-how to step out and create a business. We begin to doubt ourselves and our abilities, often settling for the safest route of agency work. This presentation provided practical tips to building a successful private practice and helped us move past the mindset of fear.  


    1.      Participants learned that a therapist can make a good living in private practice

    2.      Participants learned how to structure their workdays

    3.      Participants learned website basics that every therapist should know

    4.      Participants learned how to stand out in a crowded market and how to be seen

    5.      Participants learned how to utilize social media without wasting time


    Sherry Shockey-Pope is co-owner of Central Counseling Services, a successful and vibrant group practice in Riverside specializing in trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, domestic violence, marital relationships, and divorce counseling. At her practice, she supervises interns and associates, and she trains in a variety of areas including self-care, intimate partner violence and mental health for the 6 local Southern California counties. She is a member of PSI CHI National Honor Society and has been licensed since 2000.  Prior to this she worked as Chief Financial Officer of Kids Court & Counseling Center, a non-profit, and for Adoption Services, Riverside County Department of Public Social Services.   In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, swimming, and sailing.

    Welcome New Members!

    Ann Alsaadi & Jamie Rempis

    President's Message:

    Self-Care—A Needed Respite!

    Happy Spring! I do hope you have been taking advantage ofour wonderful weather. Today we went to see the “super bloom” at the Santa RosaPlateau. We took the hike to the vernal pool; itwas so pretty, and we saw flowers everywhere. It was such a lovely daywith the lush plants, and it was nice tofeel the sun on my face--trying to soak up that needed Vitamin D. I do enjoythe extra daylight we receive this timeof year, and I appreciate having the dayoff to recharge and practice some self-care. In fact, I am taking a few extradays off for a mini-vacation this week. Ihave a couple of small projects I am working on but my I am going to spend asmuch time as possible outside hiking, sailing,and swimming. Tomorrow’s hike will be in Anza Borrego State Park and I’m hopingto get out there early enough to see the flowers and the Big Horn Sheep.

    I do hope you are also building self-care time into yourlife as well. Can you remember your last vacation?  What did you do? Where did you go? We so needour breaks and vacations to help us prevent burnout and to remain effectivetherapists. I know some therapists are fearful about taking a vacation because theyfeel the clients won’t come back or they might have an emergency while thetherapist is gone. This could happen, butmost of the time my clients are happy that I am taking a vacation. One of my clients stated, “Good for you, enjoy your self-caretime.”  My clients know that this time I am only gone a week, and then I will return. I gave them twoweeks’ advanced notice and who they should contact if they do have a trueemergency. It is rare, but I like for my clients to have a “just in case”number; I think it also provides them peace of mind too.

    Do you have your therapist tribe in place? A person or twothat can cover for you when you take a vacationor need a break? If you do not, I wouldencourage you to find a couple of therapists in your area that could take thatresponsibility on. It is a little more work, but usually, when I cover the week,it is pretty quiet. However, I had a couple once that came in because they justfelt they fight too much if they can’t get in to see a therapist. They were afunny couple, and it wasn't a true emergency, but they begged to come in to seeme.  They spent most of the sessiontelling me what they had learned from their therapist and how great he was andonly about 5 minutes telling me about a fight they had.   

    Here are a few self-care ideas for you that I might also be doing this week.

    • ·        Read a good book
    • ·        Meditate (Yes, I do this daily)
    • ·        Get a massage
    • ·        Exercise
    • ·        Inhale a nice fragrance--try peppermint, citrus,or frankincense
    • ·        Take a new route to work
    • ·        Go cloud watching
    • ·        Fly a kite or take time to play

    Until next time, be well.

    Sherry Shockey-Pope, IE-CAMFT President

    Upcoming Events:

    Taking the Fear out of Working with Eating Disorders, Part II - May 26, 2017

    Suicide Prevention - June 23, 2017

    Board Retreat - No Meeting
     - July 28, 2017



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