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Worries, No More! The Design of a Little Helper

  • 27 Mar 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Loma Linda University Behavioral Health Institute, 1686 Barton Road, Redlands, CA 92373


  • Anyone who is not an IE-CAMFT member
  • Member of Inland Empire CAMFT chapter

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Children/adults often have severe anxiety due to something traumatic that has happened in their life or something beyond their control. Creating a worry doll provides the client a way to release their worries and give them to the doll, keeping them away from the client.

  1. Attendees will understand the significance of a worry doll, its origin, and the purpose of creating worry dolls

  2. Attendees will know how to use the dolls in various ways: for case management, therapy, or as an ice breaker

  3. Attendees will know the types of mental disorders with which this technique works best

Mercedes Borrayos is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of La Verne. Starting out, she worked for one of the largest non-profit agencies in Southern California and has published in a book, “Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families” by Liana Lowenstein. She has a long history of working with children and adults who suffer from various mental disorders, PTSD, MDD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Acute Stress Disorders, and ADHD, among others. Many of these children were suicidal, homicidal, or both, and were in need of intensive services due to the severity of their disorders.

Currently Ms. Borrayos works for a non-profit organization providing intensive outpatient services to adult populations who have recently been discharged from a hospital setting. Ms. Borrayos feels that working with traumatized people has been rewarding as it has given her the opportunity to gain insight and intervene when clients are most vulnerable.


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