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Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT

January 2020

January 24, 2020 Featured Event

Understanding Current Trends in Modern Parenting and The Implications for Children and Families Seeking Therapy

Becca Ballinger, Psy.D.

Trends in Modern Parenting research over the past several decades can be summarized into four major themes: the changing demographic of the Modern Family (a traditional family structure vs. a nontraditional family structure), a shift in the quantity and quality of time spent between parent and child, the influence of social and technological advances that permeates the attention of modern kids, and the increase in adolescent mental health disorders.

The purpose of this presentation is to examine and summarize these themes and to provide specific examples for mental health professionals of how to address these trends within the therapeutic context. Change doesn’t have to be an alarm bell for the demise of the Modern Family. With further understanding of current Modern Parenting trends, the future of the Modern Family will be a healthy and positive one.

Educational goals:
To foster attendees’ development of competence as practitioners, including their knowledge of the ways in which science influences practice.
• To foster the development of mental health professional who demonstrate their multicultural sensitivity, awareness, knowledge, and competence in their training and professional work.
• To provide broad and general training on the topic of Modern Parenting while also fostering attendees’ professional development and identity as mental health professionals that provide services for children, adolescents, and families.

1. Participants will be able to identify the top 4 trends in Modern Parenting research.
2. Participants will be given 4 examples of how to apply these trends to their treatment plans.
3. Participants will gain a better knowledge of the important research sources for Modern Parenting information.
4. Participants will be able to identify the complexity of being a Modern Parent by hearing the presenter’s first-hand account of parenting within a non-traditional family structure.

Dr. Becca Ballinger is a child psychologist, Modern Parenting Expert, founder of the popular blog, Parenting The Modern Family, and owner of a Southern California private practice. She specializes in helping kids and families of all types overcome modern challenges that threaten the stability of the family. As a parent of a 21-year-old son and a 18-year-old daughter, not only does she know how to raise great kids within the structure of a non-traditional family, but she understands the unique stressors that this generation of kids must overcome. She has written extensively for large publications such as The Huffington Post on topics such as kids and mental health, successful parenting in nontraditional families, the motivation crisis that plagues this generation’s youth, and finding the balance between over-parenting and under-parenting.


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 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.


Our annual February L&E seminar is filling up fast. In order to secure your spot and get the maximum discount available, members should sign up right away for the Law & Ethics seminar 2020. Rates are going up January 15th for members so register today!  Guest rates remain the same. Remember that your registration is not confirmed until the seminar fee is paid. 

We are now using Affinipay (Wild Apricot) as our online payment processor, so members and guests may use any credit card to pay for our seminars, join the chapter, or renew chapter membership!

We are always on the lookout for good presenters--if you are interested in presenting a seminar to our chapter, please contact our programs coordinator, Lynn Flewelling, LMFT, submit an application available on the Events page on the website, or contact us through the website.

 President's Message:

Welcome to the New Year 2020.  I believe this is going to be a great year, a year where we as therapists can make a big difference with the populations that we serve, wherever we serve them.  We have many great trainings coming up this year, including a Law and Ethics seminar that addresses this digital age in a very specific way.  With the world changing so fast, I think this training is more important than ever.  I would suggest registering as soon as possible for this training, as the rate for members is going up again tomorrow, and as I expect it to be sold out and possibly the very reason that we may outgrow our current location.  Growth is a good thing. 

In the meantime, please sign up for our wonderful topic in January, "Understanding Current Trends in Modern Parenting and the Implications for Children and Families Seeking Therapy."  Be on the watch for videos that interview our speakers and please share them with your local Facebook groups as well as those therapist groups that may benefit from learning about our speakers.  As there are so many social media forums: Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, Linked-In, Pinterest, etc. please do not hesitate to share our links in the media with which you are most comfortable.  We at IE-CAMFT look forward to growth in this coming year.  Please invite your clinical friends,  We are not limited to MFTs, but also welcome CSWs as well as join an organization that is passionate about teaching, networking, and supporting our fellow clinicians. 

Welcome to 2020.  Let’s make this a great year!

Carol Adkisson, LMFT

President, IE-CAMFT

Welcome New and Returning Members!

Jose J Juarez, Leanna Escamilla, Kalila Magbanua-Stein, Tracy Leal, Latricea Woods, Iiesha Howard 

  Thank you for renewing!

Maryana Helu, Sarah Jane Martinez, Cynthia Brownlee, Zanetta van Putten, Antenique Nevarez, Michele Putini, Julia Cho

Renewal Reminders:  Andrea Watson, Yvonne Jackson, Katherine Mageno, Roberta Reid, Elizabeth Dupray, Erica Taylor, Frank Gonzalez, Lisa Popper, Mario Rocha, Illana Lara, Marie Honda, Daniel Nyirady, Michael Rector, Sally Finn, Holly Leary, Thomas (Tom) Thomazin, Sarah Bergeson, Esther Arredondo, Nehreen Ayub, Mary Stanley, Suha Albadawi, Summer Dowd-Lukesh

At Our Last Meeting:

At the Intersection of Depth Psychology & Self Care: An Alternate New Lens on Motivational Interviewing

Dr. Maxine Langdon Starr

Participants were able to further understand and have greater sophistication about the bridge between these three main ideas of Hermeneutics, Depth Psychology, and Self Care; and how these ideas inform the principles of Motivational Interviewing; which were expanded upon during the initial presentation and experienced in a workshop style discussion later on. This then impacted their overall professional growth in how they will interact with their clients and how they will reflect upon these concepts as they relate through their own development and experiential lenses.


Dr. Starr has been licensed since 2012 as an MFT in California. She received her Ph.D. in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2016. She has been in private practice since 2011, and specializes in working with adolescents, young adults, and women’s issues; including treating issues relating to self-care, self-esteem, and stress. She works full time within the school district’s Special Education Department as an Educationally Related Mental Health Therapist and is an adjunct professor at several universities in the Southern CA area teaching courses for future MFTs, and in programs of ABA, School Counseling, and School Psychology.

Brief List of References:

Crawford, J.I. (2016). Transformative Communication: A Depth Psychological Perspective of Motivational Interviewing. (Ph.D. Dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA, USA.

McCarthy, P. (2009). Patient empowerment and motivational interviewing: Engaging patients to self-manage their own care. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 36(4), 409-413.

Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S. (2013). Motivational interviewing third edition: Helping

people change. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Thiselton, A. (2009). Hermeneutics: An introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Upcoming Events:

Law & Ethics: Ethics in Documentation - February 28, 2020

An Introduction to the Havening Techniques - March 27, 2020

Stages, What Stages?  Let's Make Grief Solution-Focused - April 24, 2020



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