April 24, 2020 Featured Event
This is a Zoom event*
Grief in the Midst of COVID 19: What are we going to do to hold all of it? How are we going to take care of ourselves?
Jill A. Johnson-Young, LCSW
original presentation for this month was focused on the dying process
and how it informs working with grieving clients. It also addressed how
to approach grief with clients, how to create a safe environment, and
how to make grief solution focused, not the forever experience for your
client after a significant death.
all vitally important information. We can do it another time. Right now
we have COVID. We are working from home or closed offices. We are
trying to make practices work or to meet the increasing needs of clients
in our work sites. We are facing what has already occurred in Italy.
These are just some of the issues coming up worldwide, all of which are
already occurring on our East Coast:
- Funerals and memorial services that cannot be held or have to be done online- all without touching.
- Deaths occurring rapidly, and without loved ones being able to be there, to witness, to comfort, to say goodbye
- ·Family members who are sick after a death, and multiple family losses
- ·The impact of witnessing mass death across the country (and world)
- ·Not being able to get “home” if needed- wherever home might be
- · Medical, housekeeping, coroner and mortuary staff getting sick and fearing for their own lives as they care for others
- · “Essential”
workers being exposed and not being able to remove themselves from the
situation for financial and job security reasons
- Financial stressors and losses: offices for therapists, homes, apartments, jobs, security, retirement savings
- Unrecognized losses: graduations, proms, promotions for littles in Kinder and 6th
grades, pets for those who have to move, opportunities lost, plans that
had to change, not being able to see parents or elders or grandkids or
?, medical issues that had to go unresolved, holidays, birthdays,
weddings, anniversaries, not seeing friends, missing school, not being
in plays or concerts or performances or competitions, and on and on and
on. All of them.
April Featured Event is a ZOOM event*
Welcome New and Renewing Members!
At Our Last Meeting
This presentation will focus on helping therapists:
how to best meet the needs of clients who are coping with grief now and
in the future, including all of the above losses.
2) identify three ways to take care of yourself while in the middle of the crisis and afterward in grief work.
3) Learn how to normalize and validate the importance of all the losses for clients who minimize their own losses.
we will do some intense grief prep to help those who are going to or
will lose loved ones to this disease in a way that nobody has had to
cope since the last polio epidemic or the flu pandemic of 1918.
hope you will join me, come with questions prepared that I address with
you online, and still be ready for some humor and hope. Because in
addition to listening and holding space, humor and hope are our best
Johnson-Young, LCSW is a dynamic and engaging local, national, and
international speaker who loves teaching both professional and community
groups about dementia, death and dying, and grief and loss. She’s known
for her sense of humor and making people laugh while talking about the
stuff nobody really wants to talk about, including therapists. She
co-owns Central Counseling Services in Riverside, California, where she
is also a clinical therapist. She is a certified Grief Recovery
Facilitator after spending more than a decade with hospice as a medical
social worker and as a director of social workers, chaplains, and grief
staff. She holds a BA from UC Riverside and her MSW from the University
of South Florida. Jill has authored three children’s grief books and an
adult grief workbook with more in process, and created www.yourpaththroughgrief.com, a year-long, comprehensive grief support program. She also has a website, www.jilljohnson-young.com, which
includes resources for therapists. In her spare time Jill facilitates a
dementia support group in Riverside and is part of the Riverside Purple
Cities Commission. Her book “The Rebellious Widow: A practical guide to
love and life after loss” will be out in 2020. Jill became a subject
expert on grief after being widowed twice and marrying the funeral
director who took care of both her late wives. She now spends quiet
evenings with Stacie in the mortuary several nights a week. They share
their life with three adult daughters, two grandsons, and three Oodles.
Her books can be found on Amazon.
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 will be sent by email following participant’s completion
of his or her electronic evaluation, but are sent in batches, not
immediately upon completion of the evaluation.
If a participant is unable to attend and notifies IE-CAMFT 72 hours in
advance of the training, seminar fee will be fully reimbursed.
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
Presenter Non-Appearance Policy
the unlikely event that a scheduled presenter does not appear for a
scheduled event, the following steps will be used to remediate
inconvenience to attendees:
announcement will be made to inform everyone that CEU credits cannot be
provided due to inability to meet CAMFT standards for advance notice,
The meeting will be held. Attendees will be encouraged to participate for the purpose of professional development.
If an attendee has paid for the seminar, s/he will receive either a full refund or credit for a future presentation.
If the topic will be repeated at a later time, notice of the date and time will be provided to all interested parties.
Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we will be offering our courses online through Zoom rather than in person until further notice in order to minimize any potential spread of the corona virus through social contact.
invitations to join the seminars will be sent to registrants ahead of
the seminars. Please download Zoom ahead of time; you may access the
seminar by either clicking the link or clicking on the Zoom app,
selecting "Go to meeting" and then entering the link you will receive in
your reminder email. It will prompt you to enter a password, which is
included with the link.
*Disclaimer re Zoom:
We understand that using new technology is a challenge, and recognize
that offering educational events through an online service such as Zoom
presents a major change in the delivery of our seminars. If the seminar
is interrupted due to any technological issue on our end, we will
either issue credit for a similar future seminar or refund the seminar
wish to make our attendees aware that while we acknowledge that it may
present a challenge for some participants, IE-CAMFT is not responsible
for any difficulty registrants may encounter getting online due to slow
Internet speeds, high traffic, losing connectivity, downloading the
application, etc. As a CEU provider, we must abide by the guidelines of
CAMFT as required by the BBS and, accordingly, cannot issue CEU credit
if seminar registrants are not online for the full seminar time. Thank
you for your understanding.
ALSO DUE TO NOT MEETING IN PERSON CURRENTLY, WE WILL NEED TO CONDUCT THE IE-CAMFT BOARD ELECTION BY EMAIL.
We will be sending out the board slate and a link to a voting form to
our members shortly, which will record your votes anonymously. When you
receive it, please respond as soon as possible. Thank you!
Hello IE-CAMFT Members,
I have the
pleasure of writing the president’s message this month even though I
hold the Secretary position on the board due to the fact that
unfortunately, our president, Carol Adkisson, is not feeling well enough
to complete this task. I know you all join me in wishing her a speedy
recovery. I hope you and your family are healthy and well.
in full swing now, and yet we are living in an odd time. Now it seems
that we are all staying in our houses and we are living through our
first pandemic. It looks unreal, and when I look outside or go for a
walk, everything “looks” the same, but it isn’t. As you know, this
change in our living is causing significant stress for us, our families,
and our clients. I do want you to know that I see you, I see you taking
care of your clients, children, and neighbors. I see you debating on
where to hold your therapy sessions, in the office, your home, or even
in the closet (where is the privacy?). Then we must teach the clients to
use telehealth. I see you worried about your future, your ability to
sustain a practice, pay your bills, and take care of all the people in
your life. Our world has changed, and we, too, must learn to adapt. We
just are uncertain how.
become bombarded with ever-changing information, and yet we still go on.
We are human healers and relational people and want to help others
around us, but we don’t always know how. We must make tough decisions
and, at times, with limited information. I have great hope for our
community, and I see other good acts being done. We must take notice of
those positives as some days that is all we have. However, I am
confident that we will weather the storm and come out the other side.
Luckily, we have a very timely topic this month, "Grief in the midst of COVID 19: What are we going to do to hold all of it? How are we going to take care of ourselves?"
Part of the
changing landscape is what IE-CAMFT is doing. We are now having online
seminars instead of in-person ones. We had our first one this past month
and another one coming up on the 4th Friday of the month, April 24th.
This process is easy, and you can take part from the comfort of your
home or office and even in your PJs if you like. Please do sign in
early, and you must be present until the end. CEU time requirements are
in place. Also, you need to complete the seminar evaluation form in
order to get your certificate. The certificates are emailed in batches,
so the earlier you complete yours, the sooner you will receive it, as
most people submit theirs right after the seminar.
Here are a few suggestions to make your experience optimal.
- 1. Download and install the Zoom application ahead of time.
- 2. Log in 15-20 minutes early and sign in. That way, you have time if a problem arises.
- 3. Have
only one browser window open during the conference call. We don’t need
to see your email, and you will have a better connection.
- 4. Make
sure you are in a quiet place, and if you can’t be, or your dog starts
barking of your child starts to cry, please mute yourself. In fact,
everyone will be able to hear better if everyone but the presenter mutes
- 5. Wear earbuds or headphones as that helps with unwanted feedback and makes everyone’s experience better.
- 6. If the quality of the video becomes a challenge, you can stop the video and continue with audio-only.
Lastly, if you are a struggling private practice, you may be eligible for a COVID-19 ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN. The
CARES Act is the $2 trillion was signed into law to provide immediate
relief by those impacted by COVID-19 If you are a group practice this
may be especially helpful as this act also creates a $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program where
businesses can apply for low-interest loans equivalent to 2.5 months of
operating expenses or $10 million, whichever figure is lower. As an
added benefit, part or all of these loans would be “forgiven” if an
employer maintains the same number of employees for the first eight
weeks after the origination of the loan as they did in the year or
months before COVID-19. You can also find more information at SBA.gov.
Please take care and be well.
Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT,
Welcome New and Returning Members!
April Shorters, Erica Solis, Hortencia Diaz, Yuliana Nemes, Devon Pytel, Jessica Sanchez
you for renewing!
Ava Denise Phillips, Janine Murray, Frank Robinette, Yoon Young
Kim, Jeanne Joslin, Ohara Sadek, Wendy
Ferguson, Delseta Robinson, Annette Compton, Martha Wethey
Renewal Reminders: Sarah Bergeson, Esther Arredondo,
Mary Stanley, Irma Obregon, Lisa Axelrod, Wendy Durkee, Araceli Rosas, RoJean
Talmadge, Karisa Quick, Natasha Revilla, Danielle Bowen, Jenna Hardy, Betty
Odak, Lisa Erazo, Jacquelyn McDonald, Ezekiel Moseley, Julie Chappa, Marelis
Marrero, Stefanie Sherbon, Melissa Casebier, Terry Fowler, Tamara Gonzalez,
Jose Ramirez, Carolyn Edwards, Paulette Douglas, Michelle Donaldson, Suzanne
Snyder, Catherine Hayes, Carolyn Howell
At Our Last Meeting:
An Introduction to the Havening Techniques: Better Living through Neuroscience
Kathryn (Kate) Grace Truitt, Ph.D.
literature in neuroscience is charting pathways to help understand new
approaches to mental health and wellness. The Havening Techniques (HT)
utilizes this information to craft protocols and procedures to alter the
landscape of the brain and thus change behavior. It has become clear
that the limbic system, which regulates our emotional state, is a major
contributor to our expression of the world around us. Access to the
limbic system has been elusive. HT represents a breakthrough in the
rapid and effective treatment of stress-related physical and
psychological conditions. Havening uses touch, attention, and
imagination to trigger electrochemical changes in the brain (limbic
system) that alter how memories are processed and therefore
responsiveness to stimuli.
There are five basic applications of HT:
1. Reducing allostatic load/relieving negative stress
2. Boosting resilience/access to positive emotional states
3. Enhancing achievement motivation/goal orientation
4. Reducing present moment distress
5. Depotentiating traumatically encoded memories
Techniques are an exquisitely simple, easy-to-apply and infinitely
flexible set of tools that may be adapted and integrated into any
therapeutic philosophy, healing profession, and scope of practice.
Brief questions are allowed throughout the course of the lecture with dedicated time at the end for formal Q&A1. Introduction to Traumatically Encoded Events
a. Formal Definition of Traumatically Encoded Events
b. Differentiation of Traumatically Encoded Events from PTSD and acute trauma c. Components of a traumatically encoded even (EMLI)t:
iii. Electrochemical Landscape
2. Impact of a Traumatically Encoded Event on Information Processing
a. The 5 senses
b. How information is encoded traumatically
iii. Complex Content
c. Limbic System Processing and electrochemical results
d. Prefrontal Cortex Processing and electrochemical results
e. Impact on Information Processing: AMPA receptors on the lateral nucleus of the amygdala and the trauma filter3. Role of Havening in Depotentiating Traumatically Encoded Events
a. Delta Waves and their role in trauma reprocessing
b. Self-Havening Resiliency Practice
c. Introduction of the role of working memory in paralyzing rumination and empowering healing
d. Group CPR for the Amygdala practice
4. Questions and Answers
Participants were able to discuss:
· 1) The underlying principles of traumatic encoding and their downstream consequences
· 2) Potentiation and depotentiation of the lateral nucleus of the amygdala and why this is important
· 3) Experiencing the potential of self-care to reduce vicarious traumatization
Easy intervention for autonomic nervous system regulation and keeping
the brain within the window of tolerance at a synaptic level - CPR for
the Amygdala – for themselves and their patients
Truitt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who is committed to
understanding brain’s ability to transcend and transform the complex and
beautiful relationship between nature and nurture. Utilizing her
training as a neuroscientist and a clinical psychologist, along with her
M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration, Dr. Truitt has passionately
dedicated her life to advancing the treatment of Trauma and Stress-Based
Disorders. Her clinical practice, scientific studies, and trainings are
specialized in the treatment of PTSD/Complex Trauma, panic disorders
and anxiety, phobias, as well as other stress-related disorders. Her
research focuses on brain health during the recovery process, treatment
outcomes, and psychophysiology. Dr. Truitt consults nationwide for
trauma treatment programs, leads research initiatives, and provides
trainings on trauma as well as personal empowerment through her training
organization, Viva Excellence. She is also CEO of her group practice,
Dr. Kate Truitt & Associates, A Psychological Corporation, in
Pasadena, CA where she and her team specialize in the most effective and
cutting edge treatments empowering people to Live Their Excellence. Dr.
Truitt founded and currently sits as the Chairman of the Board for the
Amy Research Foundation, a 501c3 organization to advance research into
the innovative treatment realm of neuroscience based mental health
Interview with Dr. Kate Truitt
Maternal Betrayal: Analysis & Therapeutic Interventions - May 22, 2020
Brainspotting: Trauma Therapy that Works! - June 26, 2020
NO SEMINAR IN JULY - Board Retreat