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Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT


 August 2018

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter


August Featured Event

Power Down & Parent Up: Screen Dependence and Raising Tech-Healthy Children

Holli Kenley, M.A., LMFT


“Many parents sense intuitively that electronic screen activity has unwanted effects on their children’s behavior and mood, but are unsure what to do about it.”(Dunkley, 2015). “Parents and teens are both affected by the influences of our screen-saturated lives, but young people experience the effects with ferocious intensity.”(Koch, 2015). With a thorough investigation of electronic consumption and of current research validating the consequences of interactive and passive screen-time on developing children as well as on adult populations, participants will also examine effective interventions.

Program Goals: Based on current research and published works on screen dependence, this workshop will:
  1. Present background knowledge on the following: introduction to how and why this topic is of clinical relevance and therapeutic importance; explanation of new clinical vocabulary and review of related terminology; identification of limitations of research
  2. Present research-based evidence of neurological, physiological, emotional, psychological, relational and behavioral manifestations as the result of both interactive and passive screen time.
  3. Present tools for assessment and intervention with individuals, with an emphasis on children, and with families. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe and discuss background knowledge on screen dependence including the following: clinical relevance and therapeutic importance; new clinical vocabulary as well as a review of terminology in association with presenting pathology and symptomatology; and limitations to research.
  2. Participants will be able to describe and discuss the most common neurological, physiological, emotional, psychological, relational or social, and behavioral manifestations as the result of interactive and passive screen-time.
  3. Participants will be able to identify and articulate how the following occurrences are directly correlated to interactive and/or passive connectedness with electronic devices: frequent misdiagnosis of presenting symptomatology, the exacerbation of existing pathology, and the creation of new pathology.
  4. Participants will be able to compare and contrast the symptoms/manifestations of Electronic Screen Syndrome (Dunkley, 2015) with presenting symptomatology of other clinical disorders and evaluate their respective therapeutic implications and considerations.
  5. Participants will be able to describe research-based interventions for addressing health consequences and concerns of screen dependence for individual clients and families. 


There is consistency in the research supporting where this is access or exposure to or consumption of technology, either passive or interactive, there are presenting health concerns and consequences. Factors which may discriminate or influence access or exposure could include socio-economic limitations, religious beliefs, cultural traditions, or age vulnerabilities. These will be addressed within the presentation.

Sensitive material

Although there is no sensitive material within the workshop, participants may feel “uncomfortable”. As we explore degree of dependence on screens and their ensuing consequences, participants may discover problematic behaviors or emotions and/or maladaptive beliefs or practices within their own lives, within their families, and within their relationships with technology. I will note and validate such feelings as well as maintain a pulse on their presence throughout the presentation.


Alter, A. (2017). Irresistible: The rise of addictive technology and the business of keeping us hooked. New York, NY: Penguin Press.

Bosker, B. (2016, November). Tristan Harris believes Silicon Valley is addicting us to our phones: And he’s determined to make it stop. The Atlantic, 56-65.

Dunckley, Victoria L. (2015). Reset your child’s brain: A four-week plan to end meltdowns, raise grades and boost social skills by reversing the effects of electronic screen-time. Novato, CA: New World Library.

Grossman, D. Lt.Col., & DeGaetano. G. (2014). Stop teaching our kids to kill: A call to action against tv, movie, and video game violence. New York, NY: Harmony Books (Crown Publishing Group).

Kardaras, N. (2016) Glow Kids: How screen addiction is hijacking out kids – and how to break the trance. New York, N.Y: St. Martin’s Press.

Kersting, T. (2016). Disconnected: How to reconnect our digitally distracted kids. USA: Thomas Kersting.

Koch, K. (2015). Screens and teens: Connecting with our kids in a wireless world. Chicago: Moody Press.


Holli Kenley is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a California State Licensed Teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. She has worked in a variety of settings: a women’s shelter, a counseling center, and in private practice. Counseling with adolescents, teens, young and older adults, Holli’s areas of specialized training and experience include sexual trauma, abuse, addiction, codependency, domestic violence, betrayal, and cyber bullying. Holli is the author of five recovery books including “Breaking through Betrayal: And Recovering the Peace Within” (2010); “Cyberbullying No More: Parenting a High Tech Generation” (2011); and her powerful memoir “Mountain Air: Relapsing and Finding the Way Back…One Breath at a Time” (2013).  Holli’s first novel, “Another Way” (2015) offers tweens to teens (and their parents/guardians) an empowering message of discovering, defining, and determining self-worth.  New, in her Second Edition of “Breaking through Betrayal” (January 2016), Holli addresses relapse as an issue of self-betrayal with a healing process for self-discovery. 

In addition to her work as a therapist and an author, Holli enjoys speaking at workshops and conferences. Over the past six years, Holli has been a five-time peer presenter at the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists’ Annual Conferences speaking on the topics of betrayal, relapse, cyberbullying and sexual abuse recovery.  Holli Kenley has been a guest on over 100 podcasts as well as on Arizona’s TV show Morning Scramble speaking on issues of wellness.  Prior to and during her career as a therapist, Holli taught for thirty years in public education


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.

Announcement for September

IE-CAMFT Annual Authors' Gathering

To All: Authors/Program Providers

IE-CAMFT September* 28th from 8:30 am – 12 pm

1898 Business Center Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408

We are proud to welcome both authors and program providers to display information on their product, (books, CEU training, etc.). Please be available to show and sign your books and products. We are excited to see the body of work our local clinicians are producing. You may want to consider adding to your library, and or holiday shopping for others.

For further information and RSVP, please contact:

Ilse – Program Chair – at 909-945-9947 or, or Carol Adkisson – Member-at-Large – at 909-693-3177

*This is a correction to the misprint in the last newsletter that stated the Author's Gathering would be in November.

This issue:  

August Featured Event

Annual Authors' Gathering in September

t Our Last Meeting

Welcome New and Renewing Members!                                          
Message from the Board

Upcoming Events

Video and Social Media Marketing for Mental Health Professionals

Ernesto Segismundo, Jr., LMFT

Small businesses in mental health fail many times due to lack of marketing and branding.  In order to have a successful private practice in mental health, professionals must not only have clinical skills, but also marketing skills.  This seminar/workshop will help mental health professionals gain knowledge pertaining to professional development and market strategizing and explore effective ways therapists in private practice can market themselves through social media outlets such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Course objectives:

Attendees of this course were able to do the following:

1)     Understand the legal and ethical standards of marketing and advertising through social media such as Facebook, YouTube, and other social networking sites as pre-licensed and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.    

2)     Create an interactive and engaging website with videos utilizing YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and other social media outlets.

3)     Create a marketing strategy that will promote the branding of her/his practice.

4)   Develop a powerful online presence in order to increase client load and enhance other professional opportunities. 

Seminar/Course outline:

I.         Legal and ethical standards of marketing and advertising. 
a.      Exploration of CAMFT advertising standards.     
b.     Acceptable titles for pre-licensed and licensed marriage and family therapists.
c.      Scope of practice and content in blogs and video-blogs.
II.     Therapists’ view of marketing.
a.      Philosophical view of marketing by mental health therapists.
b.     Therapist’s personality and types of marketing.
III.     Create an effective Facebook, YouTube, Linkedin, and Twitter marketing campaign showcasing the clinician’s mental health practice to gain clients and professional opportunities. 
a.      Top-down approach to media marketing and strategizing.
b.     Visual and lighting effects that increase viewer attention.
c.      Creative ways to project a sense of urgency and interest to your audience.
IV.     How to create traffic to your website with blogging, video blogging, and email marketing campaigns.
a.      Word of mouth promotionals.
b.     Recruiting other professionals in non-related fields.
c.      Partnering with other social services in the community that target the same clientele.   
V.       How to develop a YouTube channel discussing important topics on mental health related topics.     
a.      Sending email surveys to individuals in the community.
b.     Monitoring discussion on Facebook, Twitter, and other media sources to gain resources on topics to discuss on your YouTube channel. 

Recommended Resources and Texts:

CAMFT advertising guidelines for therapists:

Mary Lou Roberts, Debra Zahay, (2012). Internet Marketing Integrating Online and Offline Strategies (3rd edition).  Cengage South-Western.

Bio:  Ernesto received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Biola University and received his Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University.

Along with his counseling experience, he has conducted various classes and seminars concerning relationships and mental health related topics such as parenting, substance abuse, maintaining healthy marriages, private practice social media and video marketing, and managed care practices. Ernesto is currently an adjunct professor at Hope International University and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Irvine, CA campus. Ernesto owns and operates a group practice with offices located in Huntington Beach and Fullerton California, and also supervises pre-licensed therapists in his group practice called CAV Family Therapy Inc.

Ernesto created to help mental health professionals develop a web-based presence in order to learn how to market their practices through video and social media marketing, and is also a videographer, creating promotional videos specifically for therapists in private practice. To learn more about Ernesto, please visit his website: or follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

Welcome New Members!

 AntoniaAllison, AmyLynn Dimaano, Jay Burke, and Tina Gonzalez

Thank you for renewing:  ShawnDredla, Jamie Roberts, Judy Kelly

Renewal Reminders:  Alicia Taverner, Vickie Marshall, Marie LouiseBosin, Martinez Sellers, Teresa Rimmer, Christie Stegmaier, Nicole Serrano, EdgarRuano, Jenna Hardy, Danielle Bowen, Richard Robbins Villareal

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! :)


Message from the Board:  

We had a lovely retreat in July, engaging in some self-care, which took the form of doing a painting project, followed by a productive meeting.  We had a wonderful time and encourage all our members to indulge the need to do something relaxing and creative so that you can refresh your spirit and maintain your ability to provide therapeutic aid to your clients.  

Thanks to all who helped plan, execute, and host the retreat,



Upcoming Events:

Working with Gender & Sexually Diverse Clients - September 28, 2018

Stepping Outside of the Box: Creative Play Therapy Interventions - October 26, 2018

Deep TMS and Beyond - November 16, 2018 



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