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  January 2016

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

January 22, 2015 Presentation

Help Me Help Her: A Presentation Supporting Providers Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence

Jessica Yaffa

Jessica begins this powerful presentation by sharing her personal story, including parts of her own therapeutic experiences that were both helpful and hurtful in her healing process. She will then transition into discussing the work she does today, and how her interactions with thousands of survivors around the globe has shaped presentations such as these. Ms.Yaffa will share her expertise surrounding appropriate and thorough assessment, cultural considerations, creating safe spaces, effective approaches in treatment pertaining to this particular population, and building our resources. Ms.Yaffa has created a presentation that will ensure all participants leave feeling inspired, encouraged, motivated, and eager to join the movement targeting the elimination of stigma related to domestic violence worldwide.


  • Participants will learn important assessment tools to incorporate into their practice in order to identify the presence of trauma related to domestic violence
  • Participants will learn how their clients' cultural/religious beliefs and experiences affect the way risk assessment, safety planning, relationship goals, and her overall therapeutic experience progress are conducted
  • Participants will be offered ways that they can make their office/practice a safer and more compassionate space for those clients who are survivors of domestic violence

Jessica Yaffa is a survivor of extreme domestic violence who has transformed a set of very traumatic circumstances into a triumphant story. Ms. Yaffa is the founder and leader of H.E.A.L.I.N.G., the first domestic violence ministry in San Diego, which has served over 6,000 men, women, and children since its inception over seven years ago. In addition, Jessica has also co-founded a non-profit organization titled No Silence No Violence, Inc. committed to providing education, training, resources, and community development in order to eliminate stigma surrounding relationship abuse and sexual assault, while creating awareness, shifting perspectives, and creating change around the way we talk about domestic violence, as well as addressing the needs of those affected by this epidemic. Ms. Yaffa recently published her memoir "Mine Until:  My Journey Into and Out of the Arms of an Abuser" and a workbook for therapists’ entitled: "Help Me, Help Her; A Therapist’s Guide to Treating Survivors of Domestic Violence." Ms. Yaffa travels the country speaking at universities, hospitals, corporations, and nonprofit organizations sharing her commitment to ultimately inspire a movement to end abuse globally.


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



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IE CAMFT 2015-2016 Board of Directors

We still have open board positions!  We need a President-Elect and a CEU Coordinator--please join our board and help the chapter! Contact any member of the board if you are interested.

This issue:

January Featured Event


  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!

  President's Message

 Upcoming Events

Holiday Party

We had Fun, Festivity, and Fantastic Food!

Welcome New Members!

Norma Jasso, Beatriz Ruiz, and Leslie Miles


President's Message

Crisis Responsiveness


Many of us became therapists because we were called to help others who are feeling emotional pain, sorrow, or some other life altering experienced that was terrifying. We are trained to jump in and assess the situation, hold space, listen intently without judgment, and write treatment plans. No one is ever prepared for a traumatic event. By definition most traumatic events are sudden, unplanned, and overwhelm a person’s ability to cope. I was not prepared for the catastrophic events that happened on December 2, 2015.  In fact, I was in the middle of seeing clients when my business partner said there had been a shooting at Inland Regional Center (IRC).

Having been a social worker for many years I had worked with many children that were “dual” clients of IRC and CPS programs. It was often my job to find these little ones an adoptive home. My brain said, when hearing the news and confusion took over, “There must be a mistake…. there are children, precious babies served there.” “What is happening?”  I know many of you were also thinking the same things and were also feeling the same disbelief as I as the events unfolded.  I was not sure what I should do to help. I knew I wanted to do something, anything, but what? I started to hear from many of you; yes, you too wanted to do something, but what?

This tragedy occurred right here in our backyard and we were compelled to reach out. The board and I called out for your help and you responded and responded fast. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It turned out that so far the crisis teams in place at the various work sites are working well and people are being helped by therapists on these teams. I am affiliated with Crisis Care Network and I have spent a few days at various sites providing crisis counseling. I would encourage you to look into specific additional training in crisis response if you have an interest in getting on a (paid) referral list to be called for crisis in our community.

As a chapter, we want to create a list of people that have experience with Critical Incident Response, Psychological First Aid, PTSD or other traumatic event training.  If you have an interest, please provide me with the following information:

1. Name and license number
2. Office address
3. Phone number
4. Email
5. Experience with crisis
6. Number of clients you are willing to provide services for.

If you do not have an office or you work for the Counties and can't see private clients at your work site. I am willing for you to use my office to provide this service. Just let me know if this applies to you. Please send the above information to me directly:

I am so proud to be part of such a great caring and compassionate community. Thank you for your dedication to this field.

Looking forward to a prosperous, successful and peaceful 2016.

Happy New Year!


Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT

IE-CAMFT President

Upcoming Events:

Using the Language of the Law to “Salt & Pepper” Your Treatment Records (6 hours) - February 26, 2016

The BBS, Supervisees, and You: What You Need to Know About Changes to the Requirements - March 25, 2016

Creating a Safe Space for LGBT Clients - April 22, 2016



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