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Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT


March 2018

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter


Featured Event: March 23, 2018

His History, Her Story: A Survival Guide for Spouses of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Trauma

Debra Warner, Psy. D.

The presentation will focus on of Dr. Warner’s book but provide a lecture and Q and A format.  Summary of the book is below.

“His History, Her Story” is the first book to explore the impact of male childhood sexual abuse on adult relationships. Aimed at helping both the partners of trauma survivors and mental health professionals, the book is written from the unique perspective of Dr. Debra Warner, the leading American forensic psychologist in the field of male trauma who is married to a trauma survivor.

Dr. Warner, who is one of few women specializing in male trauma, shares both her story and her husband’s as they make the journey to healing and recovery. Using the wisdom gained from her personal and professional experience, she provides hands-on direction as both wife and forensic psychologist to help survivors and their partners experience the rich and fulfilling relationships that they deserve. 

For mental health professionals, this book represents a groundbreaking resource that explores in detail the phenomenon of male trauma and related issues.  It contains the largest compilation of papers by leading psychologists and professionals working in the field of male trauma and relationships.


1. Learn about trauma related to male survivors

2. Learn about needs/supports related to significant others of male survivors

3. Understand 2 specific issues related to male survivor trauma

4. Be able to apply 2 therapeutic techniques when working with male survivors and their significant others 


Dr. Debra Warner received her Master of Arts and Master of Education in counseling psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, in New York City.  She completed her doctorate in Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University, in Fresno.

She has served as an adjunct professor for several universities and as Lead Faculty for Chapman University's Marriage and Family Therapy program. She is currently a Full Professor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Psy.D. Program in Clinical Forensic Psychology. She has also served as Special Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs: Diversity and Community Engagement and Lead Faculty for the Forensic Psychology department for the Los Angeles and Irvine campuses.

Her additional professional accomplishments have included working with the Department of Homeland Security, Los Angeles Police Department, C.U.R.E.-A Better Los Angeles, the Department of Defense, the Department of Corrections, and Regional Center. She has served as clinical supervisor relating to human trafficking, trauma, PTSD and multicultural therapeutic techniques in multiple organizations.


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.

This issue:  

March Featured Event
                                At Our Last Meeting

Welcome New and Renewing Members!                                           President's Message

Editor's Note

Upcoming Events

Key Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Professionals: What Therapists Should Always Do, Never Do and/or Really Don’t Have to Do

Michael Griffin, J.D., LCSW

Michael Griffin, J.D., LCSW, Staff Attorney, presented this six-hour workshop that focused on legal and ethical issues that have fundamental importance to psychotherapists. The specific topics which were addressed included some discussion of standards of care, scope of practice, scope of competence, consent/informed consent for treatment, consent for the treatment of minors, avoiding conflicts of interest, psychotherapist-patient privilege, confidentiality, handling requests for records, key aspects of documentation, avoiding problems during termination, avoiding problems when working with clients who are involved with the legal system, writing letters for clients, working with dangerous and/or suicidal clients and issues related to the provision of services via telehealth.

Learning Objectives were to:      

  1. Understand/apply the term standard of care as it pertains to psychotherapists.
  2. Understand/apply the terms scope of practice and scope of competence in clinical practice.
  3. Understand/distinguish consent for treatment of adults vs. consent for the treatment of minors.
  4. Understand/distinguish dual relationships and conflicts of interest.
  5. Understand/distinguish psychotherapist-patient privilege and confidentiality.
  6. Identify legal and ethical requirements for handling requests for patient records.
  7. Identify legal and ethical issues which may arise when working with dangerous and/or suicidal clients.
  8. Identify legal and ethical issues which may arise during termination.
  9. Identify legal and ethical issues which may arise when writing letters for clients.
  10. Identify legal and ethical issues which may arise when working with clients who are involved with the legal system.
  11. Identify legal and ethical issues which may arise when providing services via telehealth.
  12. Identify legal and ethical considerations in the documentation of treatment.


Michael Griffin, J.D., LCSW, is an attorney at law and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Mr. Griffin received his MSW degree from the USC School of Social Work in 1980, and obtained his LCSW in 1982. Mr. Griffin was a member of the first graduating class at Chapman University School of Law in 1998 and acquired his law license in 2002.

Mr. Griffin has a broad background of experience as a mental health professional. Over the course of his career, he has been employed as a therapist, clinical case manager, clinical supervisor to MFT Interns and Associate Clinical Social Workers, served as a program manager, and outpatient clinic director, and was the director of clinical operations for one of the largest non-profit organizations in Orange County, California. For several years, Mr. Griffin was employed in the department of Psychiatry at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA. During his time there, he worked as a child-family therapist, clinical supervisor, and outpatient clinic director, and was the coordinator of school-based mental health programs. Mr. Griffin is a practicing psychotherapist in Orange County, CA, and is an attorney with CAMFT, where he consults with CAMFT’s members regarding legal and ethical issues.

Welcome New Members!

Yoon Young Kim, Marc Cameron, Grecia Marquez-Nieblas, Stefanie Sherbon


Thank you for renewing: Betty Williams Avery, April Shorters, Wendy Durkee, Lolita Domingue, Tino Rodriguez, Vicki Andrews, Sandra Cutbirth, Mona Smith, Terry Fowler


Renewal Reminders:  Leslie Miles, Joe George, Lisa Axelrod, CherylBelk, Diane Broderson, Gina Cross, Summer Dowd-Lukesh, Cianna Edge, ArleenGutierrez, Andrea McLellan, Danece Stapleton, John Rigoli, Melissa Casebier,Leticia Castillo, Jill Catlin, Michael Finlay, Ebonee McAdory, Irma Obregon,April Palumbo, Melissa Stratton, Desiree Thomas, Margaret Wild

It is YOU the members who keep our chapter going!  If your membership is up for renewal please complete the renewal process as soon as possible--your membership is the backbone of our organization and what allows us to keep offering great seminars and CEUs, the Therapist Directory, Membership Directory, and more.  Thank you! :)


From the President:

Greeting Earthlings!!   February zipped by quickly with the start of Spring close on its heels, March 20th.  The season of new, spring cleaning, and getting outdoors with our great weather.  I guess we have to clean our back patios now.  Thanks to everyone for making our umpteenth Law & Ethics seminar a smashing success.  For those of you who missed it, Michael Griffin from CAMFT was really good (and funny) at addressing difficult situations.  Please join us for other topics as the year goes on.  A BIG THANK YOU to Michael, our hospitality, membership, and programming team who put in a lot of time making sure the program went off smoothly.   Happy Spring!

Janetta Peltz
IE-CAMFT President

 Editor's Note:  In light of the recent "Me Too" and "Time's Up!" movements and the fact that yesterday was International Women's Day, I would like to call your attention to a new documentary about the current status of women in America called, "Equal Means Equal."  This topic is not only timely but extremely relevant to the therapeutic treatment of women and girls. I saw a screening of "Equal Means Equal" last night and would highly recommend it.  For more information, go to:
Upcoming Events:

Creative Approaches for Engaging Adolescents - April 27, 2018

The Secret World of Hoarders - May 25, 2018

Video and Social Media Marketing for Mental Health Professionals - June 22, 2018



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