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Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT


March 2020

March 27, 2020 Featured Event

An Introduction to the Havening Techniques: Better Living through Neuroscience*


Kathryn (Kate) Grace Truitt, Ph.D.

Current literature in neuroscience is charting pathways to help understand new approaches to mental health and wellness. The Havening Techniques (HT) utilizes this information to craft protocols and procedures to alter the landscape of the brain and thus change behavior. It has become clear that the limbic system, which regulates our emotional state, is a major contributor to our expression of the world around us. Access to the limbic system has been elusive. HT represents a breakthrough in the rapid and effective treatment of stress-related physical and psychological conditions. Havening uses touch, attention and imagination to trigger electrochemical changes in the brain (limbic system) that alter how memories are processed and therefore responsiveness to stimuli.

There are five basic applications of HT:

1.   Reducing allostatic load/relieving negative stress

2.   Boosting resilience/access to positive emotional states

3.   Enhancing achievement motivation/goal orientation

4.   Reducing present moment distress

5.   Depotentiating traumatically encoded memories

Havening Techniques are an exquisitely simple, easy-to-apply and infinitely flexible set of tools that may be adapted and integrated into any therapeutic philosophy, healing profession, and scope of practice.

Course Outline:

Brief questions are allowed throughout the course of the lecture with dedicated time at the end for formal Q&A

1.     Introduction to Traumatically Encoded Events
      a.  Formal Definition of Traumatically Encoded Events

      b.    Differentiation of Traumatically Encoded Events from PTSD and acute

      c.    Components of a traumatically encoded even (EMLI)t:
                                                             i.     Event
                                                           ii.     Meaning
                                                         iii.     Electrochemical Landscape
                                                         iv.     Inescapability
2.     Impact of a Traumatically Encoded Event on Information Processing
      a.     The 5 senses
      b.    How information is encoded traumatically
                                                             i.     Content
                                                           ii.     Context
                                                         iii.     Complex Content
      c.     Limbic System Processing and electrochemical results
                                                             i.     Sensitization
      d.    Prefrontal Cortex Processing and electrochemical results

      e.     Impact on Information Processing: AMPA receptors on the lateral nucleus of

            the amygdala and the trauma filter

3.     Role of Havening in Depotentiating Traumatically Encoded Events
      a.     Delta Waves and their role in trauma reprocessing
      b.     Self-Havening Resiliency Practice

      c.     Introduction of the role of working memory in paralyzing rumination and

           empowering healing

      d.    Group CPR for the Amygdala practice
4.     Questions and Answers


Participants will be able to discuss:

·        1)The underlying principles of traumatic encoding and their downstream consequences

·        2) Potentiation and depotentiation of the lateral nucleus of the amygdala and why this is important

·        3)Experiencing the potential of self-care to reduce vicarious traumatization

·        4) Easy intervention for autonomic nervous system regulation and keeping the brain within the window of tolerance at a synaptic level - CPR for the Amygdala – for themselves and their patients


Dr. Truitt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who is committed to understanding brain’s ability to transcend and transform the complex and beautiful relationship between nature and nurture. Utilizing her training as a neuroscientist and a clinical psychologist, along with her M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration, Dr. Truitt has passionately dedicated her life to advancing the treatment of Trauma and Stress-Based Disorders. Her clinical practice, scientific studies, and trainings are specialized in the treatment of PTSD/Complex Trauma, panic disorders and anxiety, phobias, as well as other stress-related disorders.

Her research focuses on brain health during the recovery process, treatment outcomes, and psychophysiology. Dr. Truitt consults nationwide for trauma treatment programs, leads research initiatives, and provides trainings on trauma as well as personal empowerment through her training organization, Viva Excellence. She is also CEO of her group practice, Dr. Kate Truitt & Associates, A Psychological Corporation, in Pasadena, CA where she and her team specialize in the most effective and cutting edge treatments empowering people to Live Their Excellence. Dr. Truitt founded and currently sits as the Chairman of the Board for the Amy Research Foundation, a 501c3 organization to advance research into the innovative treatment realm of neuroscience based mental health treatment.

* This course will be offered online through Zoom rather than in person


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 electronically upon participant’s completion of an electronic seminar 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.



Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we will be offering the March course online through Zoom rather than in person in order to minimize any potential spread of the corona virus through social contact. 

We hope this does not cause anyone any inconvenience; we wish to err on the side of caution and will be happy to refund seminar fees to anyone who wishes to cancel for any reason.  The invitation to join the seminar will be sent to registrants ahead of the seminar.

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:

We are rolling around to election time for our IE-CAMFT board.  We will have a slate available soon, but please consider serving on the board for any open positions.   We always need people to help the hospitality committee for all those amazing events that IE-CAMFT hosts throughout the year.  We would love you to participate with us in making a difference with our local chapter that is growing larger each month.

I would also personally like to send a shout-out to Steve Gray, our Chief Financial Officer, he was recognized by CAMFT for an award as our Outstanding Chapter Leader. We appreciate his dedication and service in working to resolve financial issues enabling us to move forward in the fiscally solvent manner that we are.  Thank you Steve.  We as a board are grateful 

Carol Adkisson, LMFT

President, IE-CAMFT

Welcome New and Returning Members!

Stanley LeMelle, Ronena Summers. Nicole Serrano   


  Thank you for renewing!

Vicki Andrews, Elena Leyva, Lolita Domingue, Tina Avila, Nicholle Stepanian, Sally Finn, Teresa Arciero, Lisa Tobler, John Rigoli, Lanicee Causly, Summer Dowd-Lukesh

Renewal Reminders:

Marie Honda, Holly Leary, Sarah Bergeson, Esther Arredondo, Mary Stanley, Irma Obregon, Lisa Axelrod, Wendy Durkee, Araceli Rosas, RoJean Talmadge, Wendy Ferguson, Karisa Quick, Natasha Revilla, Danielle Bowen, Jenna Hardy, Betty Odak, Lisa Erazo, Yoon Young Kim, Jacquelyn McDonald, Ezekiel Moseley, Julie Chappa, Marelis Marrero, Stefanie Sherbon, Melissa Casebier, Terry Fowler, Delseta Robinson, Tamara Gonzalez, Jose Ramirez, Carolyn Edwards

At Our Last Meeting:

L&E: Ethics in Documentation: Moving Forward in a Digital Age

Maelisa Hall, Psy.D, Licensed Psychologist

This presentation heavily emphasized how documentation is an act of client care, and encourages clinicians to treat their documentation practices as client care rather than “administrative work” that may be overlooked, avoided, or viewed as less important than other clinical tasks. Furthermore, the presentation reviewed options for clinicians and provided standards based on ethical principles so clinicians can adjust their practices tobetter suit the needs of clients in a variety of scenarios or settings.

Case notes and client paperwork are commonly written in private and hidden away, making the experience confusing and anxiety-provoking for even seasoned therapists. Due to necessary limits to confidentiality, therapists rarely read one another’s notes as a matter of practice. Instead, notes tend to be available only at the request of the client or during situations commonly viewed as negative, such as during a board investigation or court proceedings.

This advanced workshop provided direction based on ethical principles, but also a supportive format for discussing and practicing documentation in real time among colleagues. Most mental health professionals find the exercise of writing notes together to be cathartic and affirming, as well as informative. Attendees will be encouraged to evaluate their client population and modality when considering what best applies to their practice, and to share with one another throughout the workshop so as to establish a standard of care based upon ethical and legal principles.


  1. Create a progress note that incorporates applicable ethical guidelines.
  2. Explain the concept of treatment planning and goals to clients in a meaningful and understandable way.
  3. Describe the most common risks associated with clinical documentation and assess the acceptable level of risk related to use of technology.
  4. Evaluate which laws and ethical principles to use in supporting individualized documentation practices.

Educational Objectives: Attendees would:

1.     Understand how to individualize and adjust documentation templates for the clinician’s preferences and client’s needs.
2.     Expand awareness of the documentation options available to clinicians and adjust documentation practices accordingly.
3.     Use technology to improve clinical practice while evaluating overall benefits and drawbacks for both clinicians and clients.

4.     Feel confident that case notes and treatment plans meet ethical and legal standards.


Dr. Maelisa Hall is a licensed psychologist, serial entrepreneur and co-host of the My Biz Bestie podcast. Through her online continuing education courses at QA Prep, she encourages professionals to consider WHY they are creating policies or doing things, rather than copying from others or repeating what they have heard in the past. She enjoys creating trainings that are interactive and engaging so that clinicians leave with strategies they feel ready to use immediately.

Interview of Dr. Hall onYouTube

Upcoming Events:

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

Maternal Betrayal:  Analysis & Therapeutic Interventions - May 22, 2020

Brainspotting: Trauma Therapy that Works!  - June 26, 2020



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