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Maternal Betrayal: Analysis & Therapeutic Interventions

  • 22 May 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online
  • 67


  • Anyone who is not a member of IE-CAMFT
  • Member of the Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT


Holli Kenley, LMFT

Over a period of two-years, Holli Kenley conducted an independent qualitative study: “Daughters Betrayed by Their Mothers: Moving from Brokenness to Wholeness” [The Daughters’ Project]. The purpose of “The Daughters’ Project” was to explore, discover, and examine experiential recovery themes within the narratives of a given population of females.  Three questions were utilized to guide the study:

1.       What are the life experiences and life messages of daughters betrayed by their mothers?
2.       How can daughters betrayed by their mothers move from brokenness to wholeness?
3.       How can presenting the voices of daughters through personal narratives create new meanings for the interviewer and readers [therapists] regarding the healing of daughters betrayed by their mothers?

Maternal Betrayal: Analysis & Therapeutic Interventions will present key findings from “The Daughters’ Project” and provide therapists with therapeutic strategies for assessment and intervention from Betrayal, with a focus on Maternal Betrayal.

Diversity: In constructing the Letter of Invitation and the Informed Consent for “The Daughters’ Project”, every attempt was made to represent a diverse population of participants. Participants ages range from late 30’s to late 60’s. Six participants are Caucasian; one is Latina [maternal side]. Five daughters were born in the US; one daughter was born in Germany; another was born in Columbia.  There is a varying spectrum of ethnic, socio-economic, cultural, and religious/spiritual backgrounds and influences as well as diversity within sexual orientations and partner/marital status. All participants identify as female.

 Although the study was focused solely on females, initial feedback indicates that findings and themes may be applicable to males as well.

Sensitivity: Given the subject matter of maternal betrayal and given the complexities of attendees’ relationships with their mothers and/or participants who are in the role of being mothers, accompanied with social connotations and cultural expectations around “mothers”, the workshop could elicit high levels of both negative and positive emotions. I will acknowledge and validate such feelings as well as maintain a pulse on their presence throughout the workshop.


1.       Participants will be able to describe a four discuss key terms relating to “The Daughters’ Project” and discuss at least seven terms relating to betrayal.
2.       Given an Integrated Life-Messages Approach to assessment and intervention, participants will be able to describe its relevance and therapeutic application in healing from betrayal, with a focus on maternal betrayal.
3.       Given a framework for understanding the anatomy of betrayal injury, participants will be able to identify and articulate the degree of impact from Maternal Betrayal on daughters’ life-messages and ensuing life experiences during three life stages:  early childhood, developmental (adolescent/teen/young adult), and adulthood.
4.       Given key findings from “The Daughters Project”, participants will be able to describe and discuss at least three recovery themes.


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. Holli’s areas of specialized training and experience include sexual abuse and trauma, betrayal, codependency, cyber bullying, and screen addiction. Holli maintains a private practice in Rancho Mirage.

 Holli Kenley is the author of nine recovery books including:

  • ·         Daughters Betrayed By Their Mothers: Moving From Brokenness To Wholeness
  • ·         Second Edition of Breaking Through Betrayal: And Recovering The Peace Within  
  • ·         Power Down & Parent Up: Cyber Bullying, Screen Dependence & Raising Tech-Healthy Children
  • ·         Holli is also a contributing Wellness Editor for CLEAR Life Magazine.

Holli Kenley also works in the field of psychology as an author and a workshop presenter.  She has been a six-time peer presenter at CAMFT’s Annual  State Conferences and a featured or keynote speaker at college level clinical programs, state and national advocacy organizations, and educational institutions speaking on the topics of bullying, cyber bullying, betrayal, relapse, screen dependency, sexual abuse recovery, and the power of self-worth.  Holli has been a guest on over 100 podcasts as well as on Arizona TV speaking on issues of wellness. Prior to and during her career as a therapist, Holli taught for thirty years in public education.

 Holli will be presenting at CAMFT’s 2020 Annual Conference speaking on “Technology: A Clearer Vision.”

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: Electronic certificates will be sent by email upon participant’s completion of his or her electronic evaluation.

Refund Policy:  If a participant is unable to attend and notifies IE-CAMFT 72 hours in advance of the training, seminar fee will be fully reimbursed.

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

Presenter Non-Appearance Policy

In 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:

An announcement will be made to inform everyone that CEU credits cannot be provided due to inability to meet CAMFT standards for advance notice, etc.

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.

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