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Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT


April 2018

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter


Featured Event: April 27, 2018

Creative Therapy for Adolescents: Brain-Based Approaches that Enhance Emotional Regulation and Resilience

Georgie Wisen-Vincent

Over the last decade, we have seen a significant trend toward integrating the neurobiological perspective when creating more effective therapeutic interventions for our adolescent clients. Adolescence has been described in the literature as a time of “brainstorm” - intense neurological and physiological change, when the brain is pruning unused synapses and scaffolding in mature skills needed to take on adulthood. 

In this seminar we will look to developmental science on the adolescent brain, and the unique benefits of play and creativity in working with the challenges and strengths of adolescent clients. How does playful dialogue with teens specifically nurture healthy brain development? How can we understand the neurobiology of creative experiences that happen in the therapy room to tame the chaos and optimize the adolescent’s self-regulation? 

In this two-hour training, you will learn specific therapy practices designed to improve social and emotional functioning targeted to meet the diverse treatment needs of adolescents, especially those who seem resistant to talk-therapy models. Drawing on concepts of interpersonal neurobiology, the benefits of creative, brain-building therapy interventions to achieve relational attunement, emotional integration, and the development of a fully-functioning adolescent to young adult identity will be clearly defined. 

At the end of this 2-hour training, participants will be able to: 

1.    Describe creative arts 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 creative therapy 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 emotional improvement.
 Observe and track therapeutic change recognizing gains from an interpersonal neurobiology and child-centered therapy 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.

This issue:  

April Featured Event
                          At Our Last Meeting

Welcome New and Renewing Members!                                           President's Message

Election Slate - IE-CAMFT Board Members

Upcoming Events

His History, Her Story: A Survival Guide for Spouses of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Trauma

Debra Warner, Psy. D.

The presentation focused on Dr. Warner’s book but provided a lecture and Q and A format.  Summary of the book is below.

“His History, Her Story” 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 experience 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.


1. Learned about trauma related to male survivors

2. Learned about needs/supports related to significant others of male survivors

3. Understood 2 specific issues related to male survivor trauma

4. Were able to apply 2 therapeutic techniques when working with male survivors and their significant others 


Dr. Debra Warner received her Master of Arts and Master of Education in counseling psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, in New York City.  She completed her doctorate in Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University, in Fresno.

She has served as an adjunct professor for several universities and as Lead Faculty for Chapman University's Marriage and Family Therapy program. She is currently a Full Professor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Psy.D. Program in Clinical Forensic Psychology. She has also served as Special Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs: Diversity and Community Engagement and Lead Faculty for the Forensic Psychology department for the Los Angeles and Irvine campuses.

Her additional professional accomplishments have included working with the Department of Homeland Security, Los Angeles Police Department, C.U.R.E.-A Better Los Angeles, the Department of Defense, the Department of Corrections, and Regional Center. She has served as clinical supervisor relating to human trafficking, trauma, PTSD and multicultural therapeutic techniques in multiple organizations.

Welcome New Members!

Miroslava Villegas-Reyes,Paulette Douglas, Abel Arvizu Whittemore, Catherine Hayes

 Thank you for renewing: 

Lisa Axelrod, SummerDowd-Lukesh, John Rigoli, Melissa Casebier, Jill Catlin

Renewal RemindersAnn Alsaadi, Cheryl Belk,Diane Broderson, Athena Byrne, Leticia Castillo, Gina Cross, Cianna Edge, LisaErazo, Michael Finlay, Michelle Gasper, Arleen Gutierrez, Michele Martin, EboneeMcAdory, Leslie Miles, Janine Murray, Irma Obregon, April Palumbo, JamieRempis, Jolene Shull, Tricia Sigler, Danece Stapleton, Melissa Stratton,Desiree Thomas, Margaret Wild 

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! :)


From the President:

 April already and Spring is in the air.  Happy Spring!  Here's to new beginnings, nice weather, and time with family and friends.  Hope your client sessions are going well.  Debra was quite thought- provoking at our March meeting.  We'll get handout info to you from her presentation as soon as we get it.  

Your Board has put together a Slate of Officers for the coming year.  We will continue to support Marriage & Family Therapists!!

Janetta Peltz
IE-CAMFT President

Our Board Election is this month.  Listed below are the new and returning board members:


President: Amanda Cavicchi
Past president:  Janetta Peltz
President Elect  Open
Secretary:   Ryan Voth
CEU Chair:   Ava Phillips 
Financial Chair: Steve Gray
Program Chair:  Ilse Aerts
Membership Chair: Carol A. Bouldin

Board Members-at-large:
  1. Carol Adkisson – CEU committee
  2. Garry Raley - CEU committee
  3. Annette Compton - Hospitality
  4. Jeanne Joslin -          Hospitality
  5. Martha Wethey –    Hospitality
  6. Paul Velen –         Hospitality
  7. Omar Gonzalez-Valentino– Social media, outreach
  8. Sherry Shockey-Pope - Outreach
  9. Zanetta van Putten – Social media
  10. Keyvan Geula – Program committee

Upcoming Events:

Step (Carefully) Inside the Secret World of Hoarders - May 25, 2018

Video and Social Media Marketing for Mental Health Professionals - June 22, 2018

No Meeting in July - Board Retreat



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