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Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT


May 2018

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter


Featured Event: May 25, 2018

Step (Carefully) Inside the Secret World of Hoarders

Carol Rose Adkisson, LMFT

Stepping into a hoarder's world is not as easy as you might think.  A hoarder has multiple layers that if peeled back, may possibly reveal a family system that helps to enable his or her behaviors, traumatic events from her childhood, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive thinking, and possibly an addictive personality compounded by delusional thinking. Would you like a peek into that world?  Let’s help these clients that are more common than you may realize. Let us delve into that world and explore the depths of their secret world.

This training will encompass many issues that are important in understanding the hoarders who may cross your path.  As a child of a hoarder, I grew up hoping to understand the underpinnings of my mother.  Why were objects so important to her?  As my sisters and I grew up and moved on, her hoarding increased, as it often does when there is no one to help stop the hoarding behaviors.  She was diagnosed with cancer and thus we as a family helped her to the next stage of her life:  letting go of her things and moving her to an assisted living facility.  We took her things away--either discarded, donated and/or sold them.  Neither the family nor her had no choice at that point. Because of this, I grew up with a heart to help this population to heal.

This training will create a picture of the average hoarder and her family system.  It’s important to understand the system in order to help the hoarder heal.  It’s also necessary for the family to form an alliance, just as you would with an addict or an alcoholic.  We will discuss the five stages of hoarding, the diagnostic criteria as presented in the DSM-5, and various treatment methods to deal with this insidious problem.  Many times as clinicians we are unaware that our clients present with this problem as it is generally a secret condition.  Hoarders are not hoarders, but collectors, at least in their minds, however delusional that may be.  Let me help you to lead your clients to success and freedom.


Participants will be able to:

1. Describe the average hoarder and her/his family system

2. List the stages of hoarding

3. Identify the relevant DSM-5 diagnostic criteria

4. Identify appropriate treatment methods for hoarders

Carol Adkisson, LMFT is an author, speaker, teacher and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She is the owner of a private practice and founder/Chief Executive Officer of a non-profit, The Trauma and Healing Foundation in Fontana.  She also is an author of a number of books including “Recovering My Life, a Personal Bariatric Story.”  She co-developed and participates in a podcast entitled “Curious Intentions.”  Carol specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma, couples therapy, ADHD, substance issues, immigration, psychological evaluations, weight loss and bariatric surgery, 12-step recovery, and of course HOARDING.  She is trained in various treatments including EMDR and Trauma Focused CBT and numerous other modalities.  She also has 34 years experience working with recovery-based programs.  She serves individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents. She utilizes "discernment theory" as a means to perceive which treatment is most helpful for an individual client’s needs. Carol is the Clinical Director of her group practice, which employs therapists with many different specialties, whom she supervises. She has her Bachelor’s Degree and Masters Degree in Marriage Family Therapy from Hope International University.  Her hobbies include volleyball, spending time with her family, and she is a foodie, always ready to try something new.


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:  

May Featured Event
                          At Our Last Meeting

Welcome New and Renewing Members!                                           President's Message

Upcoming Events

Creative Therapy for Adolescents: Brain-Based Approaches that Enhance Emotional Regulation and Resilience

Georgie Wisen-Vincent

Over the last decade, we have seen a significant trend toward integrating the neurobiological perspective when creating more effective therapeutic interventions for our adolescent clients. Adolescence has been described in the literature as a time of “brainstorm” - intense neurological and physiological change, when the brain is pruning unused synapses and scaffolding in mature skills needed to take on adulthood. 

In this seminar we looked to developmental science on the adolescent brain, and the unique benefits of play and creativity in working with the challenges and strengths of adolescent clients. How does playful dialogue with teens specifically nurture healthy brain development? How can we understand the neurobiology of creative experiences that happen in the therapy room to tame the chaos and optimize the adolescent’s self-regulation? 

In this two-hour training, we learned specific therapy practices designed to improve social and emotional functioning targeted to meet the diverse treatment needs of adolescents, especially those who seem resistant to talk-therapy models. Drawing on concepts of interpersonal neurobiology, the benefits of creative, brain-building therapy interventions to achieve relational attunement, emotional integration, and the development of a fully-functioning adolescent to young adult identity will be clearly defined. 

At the end of this 2-hour training, participants were able to: 

1.    Describe creative arts theory and principles applicable to a child-centered model of therapy.
2.    Recognize the tools and materials necessary to use with clients in order to provide creative therapy interventions that improve neural functioning.
3.    Utilize direct interventions designed to build up left-right brain integration, and bottom up/top down processing, leading to emotional improvement.
 Observe and track therapeutic change recognizing gains from an interpersonal neurobiology and child-centered therapy perspective

Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT, RPT-S is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Georgie completed her post-graduate work and research in Child-Centered Play Therapy in London at the University of Roehampton. She has used individual play therapy, creative arts therapy, family play therapy, trauma focused therapy and behavior modification in her work with children and teens in clinics, schools and nonprofit settings. She is a member of the American Association for Play Therapy and the British Association of Play Therapists, and frequently provides play therapy trainings to professional groups, community clinics and universities. Georgie is currently an instructor of play therapy courses and a clinical supervisor at the Loma Linda University School of Social Work, Play Therapy Certificate Program. Georgie has a private practice at The Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA.

Welcome New Members!


Verlynn Pruehs, Adina Silva, Tyra Butler

Thank you for renewing:  AnnAlsaadi, Lisa Axelrod, Janine Murray

Renewal Reminders:   CatherineAlix, Athena Byrne, Hortencia Diaz, Shawn Dredla, Lisa Erazo, Michael Finlay,Michelle Gasper, Michele Martin, Ebonee McAdory, Leslie Miles, Irma Obregon, CharlesPalmieri, April Palumbo, Jamie Rempis, Jolene Shull, Tricia Sigler, MelissaStratton,  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:

Happy May, everyone! First of all let me say that I am honored and excited to be serving as your local chapter president.  I hope you will join me in welcoming our new slate of board officers, as well. We have a wonderful group of creative professionals who are committed to supporting MFTs throughout the Inland Empire.  I would also like to remind you all that you are welcome to attend an IE-CAMFT board meeting at anytime.  They are held every fourth Friday of the month, after the monthly training.  We would love to have you participate and share your thoughts and ideas with us. 

As usual, our program committee is working hard to coordinate trainings aimed at further developing professional skills and maintaining top-notch ethical and legal standards of care in the Inland Empire therapeutic community.  In our most recent IE-CAMFT sponsored presentation: “Creative Therapy for Adolescents: Brain-Based Approaches that Enhance Emotional Regulation and Resilience,” Georgie Wisen-Vincent provided us with invaluable insight on adolescents and brain development, as well as how this connects to parenting and providing therapeutic interventions.  In May we look forward to learning more about hoarding from Carol Rose Adkisson’s presentation: “Step (Carefully) Inside the Secret Life of Hoarders.”  We hope to see you there!

Amanda Cavicchi

IE-CAMFT President

NOTICE:  If you registered for the hoarding event in January, your registration has been kept intact so there is no need to re-register for the rescheduled date--May 25th.  The event is full to overflowing so we cannot take any more registrations at this point.  If you cannot attend for any reason, please CANCEL your registration so someone else may take your spot.  Thank you!

Upcoming Events:

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

No Meeting in July - Board Retreat

Power Down and Power Up: Screen Dependence and Raising Tech-Healthy Children - August 24, 2018


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