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  June 2017

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

  June 23, 2017 Featured Event: 

Creating Hope with Action - Talking about Suicide

Caroline Nersessian, LCSW

Rates of suicide are on the rise and the risk of suicide is among one of the most serious issues our clients experience.  As clinicians our aim with suicidal clients is to reduce their distress and to help create a sense of hope.  Although suicide prevention work helps to save the lives of many, the work itself can feel overwhelming and even exasperating.  This presentation aims to engage the participants so that they may appreciate the importance of talking about suicide and to begin the process of working effectively with people who have thoughts of suicide.

Seminar participants will learn about the impact of suicide within the community and the importance of discussing the risk of suicide in practice.  Participants will learn both risk and protective factors, suicide assessment, how to ask about suicide directly, and how to appropriately identify community resources. In an effort to reduce liability, participants will also learn about the value and limits of suicide safety plans.


1.    Participants will Develop an Understanding of suicide as a serious community health problem

2.    Participants will Identify the client’s Risk for suicide

3.    Participants will learn how to Assess, Ask, and Respond to suicide

4.     Participants will learn how to Reduce Liability of suicide-related complications in practice

Caroline Nersessian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience in the field specializing in mental health issues surrounding children and families.  She works at the Child and Family Guidance Center as the Clinical Director of School Based Services, Therapeutic Behavioral Services and the Northpoint School, a nonpublic school for students with severe emotional and behavior challenges.  Caroline is a Part Time Faculty member at the California State University, Northridge since 2010 where she teaches Field Seminar, Urban Family Practice and Generalist Social Work practice courses.  Caroline is trained and certified in the Living Works models of suicide prevention.  These include safeTALK, suicide awareness; ASIST, suicide prevention; and Suicide to HOPE, a recovery and growth model for people who have had thoughts/actions but are currently safe from suicide.  Her goal is to bring suicide awareness to the community level to help reduce the stigma and increase the ability to openly talk about and support those who are having thoughts of suicide.


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



SB 562 has passed the State Senate!  The latest financial reports show that Single Payer will not only cover everyone but save us money.  See:

  Now we need to call the California Assembly!

For more information, visit the "News" page under the "Members Only" section of the website

The 3000 Club will meet June 17 11am-12:30pm at 6840 Indiana Avenue, Suite 275, Riverside.  The featured speaker will be Jamie Roberts, LMFT, who will speak on the topic of Confidence as a Clinician.

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This issue:

  June Event


  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!

  President's Message

 Upcoming Events

Taking the Fear out of Working with Eating Disorders, Part II

Gina Holmes, LMFT

Many therapists’ experience working with eating disorder clients has been fraught with anxiety, especially if they got caught up in the client’s circular--seemingly delusional--reasoning and/or began to personally identify with the obsessional torment ED clients can live in 24/7.  As statistically more people die from eating disorders than any other psychological disorder, some fear in treating this population is based in reality, and when a client’s eating disorder is threatening her or his life, you have to be more directive, which can be difficult for some therapists.

Because ED clients tend to be very adept at reading others and will pick up on any insecurity you may have about their treatment and use it as an excuse to believe in the terminal uniqueness that can accompany an eating disorder, the therapist must enter the treatment process confident in their skills as well as their understanding of eating disorders, the available medical and therapeutic support teams, and specific treatment plan options.

In addition to providing specific therapeutic techniques and skill sets for working with eating disorder clients, in this seminar we discussed when to treat in private practice and when to refer out.  We also discussed treatment contracts and forms you may want to have clients sign for their understanding and your protection.  Participants were also given the APA Guidelines for the treatment levels of clients with eating disorders, in order to feel confident referring out.

This seminar began with a quick review of key concepts presented at the Part I seminar on October 28, 2016.


Attendees were able to:

1) Name key concepts of working with eating disorders

2) Name specific interventions and treatment strategies for use by therapists

3)  Identify clients appropriate for services

4) Identify local resources for clients that need a higher level of care

Gina Holmes, LMFT has had extensive experience in working with eating disorder clients in the Inland Empire since 2005 where she has worked as a Clinical Therapist, Loma Linda University Behavioral Medical Center, Redlands, CA providing group, individual, and family therapy to both adolescents and adults in the Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program.  It was in this program that she worked with Kaiser psychiatrists contracted with the University who recruited her to come to Kaiser to start their Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program. 

As Program Developer and Manager, Adult Eating Disorder Program, Kaiser Permanente Department of Psychiatry, Fontana, CA, she has co-developed a leading outpatient eating disorder program within Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California region, and a complimentary Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program, which has been fully developed by 2009, and which has been the blueprint other Kaisers are using to develop their own eating disorder programs. The Fontana program regularly hosts observation visits from Kaisers throughout Southern California and provides guidance throughout their program development.

In addition to the EDIOP responsibilities, she also provides individual and family therapeutic services to adults with all types of diagnoses with an eclectic orientation and specialties in family of origin, inner child, and trauma issues. She has a strong working knowledge of 1) APA Guidelines regarding the Standard of Care for the treatment of Eating Disorders, and 2) local and state laws

Welcome New Member!

Melissa Sanders

President's Message:  Welcome Message

Welcome.  A special welcome to new members.  This is Your Chapter of CAMFT.  Let us know on the bottom of your evals (at the end of each presentation) what topics you are interested in.  Request presenters also.  All of you are welcome to attend the board meeting from 11 to 12 each 4th Friday of the month after the speaker.  Thank You to Amanda Cavicchi who has volunteered to help on the Board.

In July your Board will meet in a Board Retreat to set up the schedule for the upcoming year.  Ilse has done a wonderful job planning and following up with setting up presentations and CEs.  A great big THANK YOU to Carol for all her work on the website and getting us organized and moving.  What a job she has had to keep track of members and payments. Sherry has given her time to start (and continue) the 3000 Club as well as giving us a wonderful private practice presentation.  What great accomplishments for her Presidency!!  Steve has kept the finances in order.  Garry has watched over the Board making sure we keep on track with the bylaws and reminding us of our history as a Board. Martha has carefully taken notes each month for the minutes and kept track of our duties.  Jeanne and Annette have brought us breakfast for a couple of years! Don't know if we could have stayed awake without it.  Thank You!!  Of course Garry's coffee helped.  We look forward to seeing more of Keyvan and Omar and we appreciate their help. Omar has been our social media guru!

It only takes a few of us sharing the work to run this Board.  Help us give you these great presentations!! Think how wonderful it would be to be able to call a colleague for a consult or for info.  I did this a couple of months ago.  Two texts and I had my answer.  

Have a wonderful spring!!  Do something fresh and different.

Janetta Peltz, IE-CAMFT President

Upcoming Events:

Board Retreat - No Seminar
- July 28, 2017

Effective Co-Parenting Strategies - August 25, 2017

Couples Counseling: Using the Power and Intimacy Formula - September 22, 2017



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