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  May 2015

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

May Featured Event

May 22, 2015

9 AM - 11 AM


Resilience and Compassion Fatigue

Dan Totaro, MA LMFT, Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator

This presentation reviews a wide array of information and skills to help therapists build resiliency against the potentially detrimental impact of our work. We as therapists can become so focused on the needs of those we serve that we forget to take time out for ourselves and find balance within the workday and our lives.  Unlike burnout, the impact of compassion fatigue can often be subtle and gradual, but the results just as harmful to our professional and personal lives. Participants will explore effective strategies for coping with compassion fatigue as well as for developing professional and personal resilience. 


To understand:

  1. the concepts of compassion fatigue and resilience
  2. how to build and maintain resilience
  3. the elements of a self-care lifestyle
  4. how to identify and overcome roadblocks to developing and maintaining resilience

 Dan Totaro has 40 years experience in the chemical dependency and mental health fields. He holds a Masters Degree and has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1981. Over his career Dan has been fortunate to hold a variety of positions within the profession including: Executive Director of a community-based outpatient program; Program Director for a hospital based co-occurring disorders treatment program; private practice Marriage and Family Therapist, and Outreach Manager for a national chemical dependency treatment provider. Dan has provided trainings and lectures for: School Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, healthcare professionals, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, parent groups, medical professionals, lawyers, law enforcement personnel, and marketing and outreach professionals.

 Loma Linda University Behavioral Health Institute, 1686 Barton Road, Redlands, CA 92373



IE CAMFT 2015-2016 Board of Directors

Co-Presidents: Sherry Shockey-Pope and Judy McGehee

President Elect: Open

 Past President: Janine Murray 

Financial Officer: Garry Raley 

Secretary: Janell Gagnon

Program Chair: Ilse Aerts

Membership Chair: Carol A. Bouldin

Hospitality Co-Chairpersons:

Annette Compton, Jeanne Joslin, Janetta Peltz:

 Board Members At Large:

Marie Louise Bosin, Doreen Van Leeuwen

Newsletter/Website:  Carol A. Bouldin

Newsletter Reviewer: Marie Louise Bosin

CEU Co-Chairpersons: Marie Louise Bosin, Garry Raley

This issue:

  May Featured Event

2015-2016  IE-CAMFT Board of Directors

  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!


  President's Message

 Upcoming Events

Sex Offenders:  Advances and Challenges with

Garry Raley, LMFT, Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider

This program clarified the myriad of conflicting and convoluted issues for therapists when sexual offending arises in individual, couple, or family therapy. Using research driven practices, participants increased their practice skills and knowledge for clinical interventions.
          Objectives for the seminar were:  
  • Participants would understand causes of sexual offending and how to assess risk
  • Participants would gain knowledge of special treatment considerations and the "containment model"
  • Participants would understand options and how to utilize a decision tree when working with offenders

          Garry Raley, LMFT is a California State Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider with New Day Institute, Riverside.  

Welcome New Members!

Ana Arce, Hortencia Diaz, Tracy Herzog, Carolyn Howell, Frank Robinette, Desiree Thomas


The CAMFT Chapter Agreement has not been finalized.  For more information on this topic or to make a comment, see the forum and news pages in the "Members Only" section of the website.


President's Message

Hello.  As your new chapter co-president, I'd like to first of all thank our Past President, Janine Murray, LMFT, for her years at IE- CAMFT, and for fighting for our Chapter and State CAMFT to utilize their efforts on behalf of LMFT's. I know she went 'over and above' to have our CAMFT really represent LMFT's and MFT-I's.  I fully respect that many interns and licensed MFT's have chosen other degrees and licenses that allow them to have the flexibility of portability to practice in other states.  And, I really also want CAMFT, to be the "California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists" as their Initials indicate - perhaps even one day to see our licenses  have portability, as well.

I also have a vision for IE-CAMFT as a stellar chapter to offer the best in speakers, information, and clinical practitioners to share their experience with all of us, including students and interns. It's because of what I've taken advantage of here in this chapter that I'm willing to work and drive about one hour each month to attend our meetings. This vision also includes supporting interns to have wages in their internships that allow them to live. While many of us were of the "tradition" to work for BBS hours without pay, or stipend pay only, we usually have had to have two other part-time jobs to pay our way through the 3000 hours. That doesn't mean the "tradition" has to live on.  A graduate degree is worthy of a wage.    

Another vision would be that we are willing to take on a student/intern who needs therapy, not just for hours, but to gain insight into their own process in being an intern/student. I'm suggesting each licensed therapist be willing to offer one pro-bono time or a very low sliding scale time, and be willing to advertise that to a school.  If we value what we do and how we do it, we should value that student and intern the privilege of "working their own stuff out in the room" that's affordable to them.

I am passionate about many things.  This occupation/ministry I've chosen is clearly what I love to do in the world. I look forward to Sherry and I sharing this responsibility to further our chapter, start a 3000 club, widen our catchment area to offer programs to more of our colleagues.

Best to you all in every way you work,

Judy McGehee, LMFT

Upcoming Events:

Problem Gambling is Not a Major Issue.... Wanna bet? - June 26, 2015

IE-CAMFT Board Retreat - July 24, 2015

Child Abuse:  What You Need to Know - August 28, 2015


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