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  November 2016

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

November 18, 2016 Featured Seminar

What is Life Coaching anyway?

Mark Venckeleer, LCSW


 In a world where there are many helping professions, it can be difficult for practitioners and consumers alike to differentiate among the various forms available. Life coaching is one of those helping professions, and although its industry is rapidly expanding, it continues to be one of the most misunderstood. In this presentation you will learn the distinctive aspects of life coaching and what separates it from other helping professions


 1. Participants will develop a clear understanding of what life coaching is and will be able to differentiate it from other helping modalities

2. Through a series of activities, participants will experience a sample of a coaching

3. Participants will be able to incorporate basic coaching skills into their lives


A. What is a life coach?

  • What training is needed?
  • International Coaching Federation
  • Pillars of coaching
  • Is coaching scientific?
  • Past present or future

B. Comparing Life Coaching and Therapy/counseling

  • How is coaching similar to other helping professions?
  • Stigma of therapy
  • Where do personal growth seekers go?
  • What does coaching look like?
  • Medical model and insurance companies
  • Treatment of symptom relief/pathology
  • Can you be a therapist and a Life Coach?

C. Types of coaching

  • What areas do Life Coaches address?
  • Does life coaching take place in person, phone or through other means?
  • Who is life coaching most suited for?

D. Wrap up

Not everyone needs a coach but in my opinion everyone deserves one 

Mark is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with undergraduate and master’s degrees in social work. He has worked in the areas of mental health, advocacy, support, counseling, therapy and coaching within a wide population including schools, prisons, colleges, mental health clinics and hospice. His work includes abused children, severely and chronically mentally ill patients and their families.

Mark’s formal education and training along with his personal and professional experience has guided him to his true calling –life coaching. Realizing he had been coaching others for much of his life, Mark is thrilled to expand his reach, offering his expertise professionally.

Mark creates an open and safe space for clients to expand possibilities. He supports people in living their most authentic and fulfilled life, and ultimately in creating and living a life they love!

Mark is a qualified speaker for the Inland Empire Speaker’s Bureau and is a member of Toastmasters. He has a passion for public speaking – inspiring others to new heights with contagious energy. Mark speaks on various topics including mental health, motivation and passionate living. He also offers coaching to those seeking to increase their impact as speakers.

Spirituality is a key factor in Mark’s approach when working with clients to achieve their desired goals. He understands the significance of one’s spirituality in healing and growing. Influential people in his life include Wayne Dyer, Byron Katie, David Hawkins, MD., PhD., Jesus Christ and Gandhi.

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



  • Inland 3000 Club:  Next meeting November 19, 2016 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. The 3000 Club meets on the 3rd Saturday. Please check the Facebook page for subject content
  • Don't forget to update your profile on the website when you change your position, location, contact info., specialty area, etc. so that it is reflected in the therapist and member directories
  • Remember all IE-CAMFT Members get a free classified ad on our monthly ad bulletin and on the website ad page! Don't forget to also take advantage of the ad field in your listing in the Therapist and Member directories!

This issue:

  November Seminar


  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!

  President's Message

 Upcoming Events

Taking the FEAR out of Working with Eating Disorders

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.

Eating Disorder clients are usually very sensitive and may not be pursuing treatment because they want help, but because a significant other is encouraging them to do so. To prevent triangulation between the client and the significant other/s and/or the eating disorder, the therapist must have a solid sense of self because ED clients can sense the incongruence and will use it to undermine their treatment, which they may have not wanted in the first place.  Being aware of this possibility can prevent over-investment and burnout, which is a common problem with clinicians working with eating disorders. 

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 this seminar, Ms. Holmes addressed the fear many clinicians feel when working with this population and offered constructive ways to deal with it through self-examination, genuineness, and congruency with one’s core beliefs and theoretical orientation, balanced with continuing education in the treatment of eating disorders.  If you work with Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Substance Abuse, OCD, PTSD and other traumas, you have skills you have developed that can be transferred to working with clients with eating disorders.  We looked at some of the specific interventions you already use with those clients which can also help your eating disorder clients. 

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 discussed treatment contracts and forms attendees may want to have clients sign for their understanding and protection.  Attendees also were given the APA Guidelines for the treatment levels of clients with eating disorders, so they could confidently make referrals.

Seminar participants took away the following objectives:

1. How to use the somewhat pervasive fear of working with ED clients positively, in part through confidence in the skills they already possess.   

2. Commonalities and differences between Anorexia and Bulimia and their treatment, utilizing the DSM V and common terms in the field of ED treatment

3. Knowledge of the various levels of care for the treatment of eating disorders and knowing when to treat in private practice and when to refer out with confidence that treatment referrals meet the APA Guidelines.

4. Resources for effective management of eating disorders.

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 Members!

Amber Howard, Patricia Marquez, and Ann Lawson

President's Message:

Goal-setting, Inspiration, and Thanksgiving


It was great fun to sit on my porch this year and hand outcandy. My two young adult children no longer go out to Trick or Treat, but theexcitement is still there for the smaller neighborhood children. They come toget their candy dressed as ghosts, goblins, princes, princesses and of coursethis year as superheroes. Laughing and giggling as they go house-to-house it isa precious sight, a rite of passage in our culture. I see Halloween as thestart of our holiday season and it seems like the last 60+ days of the yearwill pass in a giant blur.

I am already detailing my new marketing plans and bloggingcalendar for 2017. My goals for the upcoming year include automating my socialmedia posts, learning to use Pinterest this year for my business, even if itkills me, and believe me it just might. Lastly, I will be focusing on threemajor streams of income for my business. I recently attended an Intuit Connect Conference, which I highlyrecommend, where Michael Phelps spoke about commitment and goal setting. Hetakes an index card and writes his goals on the card. He posts the card in hiscloset where he sees it each and every day. He will even take the card to thepool if he needs a bit more inspiration. For me, it’s hard to imagine that thegreatest winning Olympic Medalist needs more inspiration. However, he is humanand sets the bar very high. Michael also said that he was grateful for the opportunitieshe had to complete the hard work. I believe that therapists also areinspirational and we set the bar high for ourselves and our work. I am alwaysamazed at what each of you are doing to end the pain in our communities.November is a time of gratitude and reflection but also a time to look forward.  I am grateful for wonderful professionalcolleagues like you, the ability to do the work that we do, and the lifelessons I have learned along the way.

May your Thanksgiving be one of treasurable time with familyand friends and may your table be filled with laughter and love. 

Happy Thanksgiving,


Sherry Shockey-Pope, IE-CAMFT President

Upcoming Events: (NOTE DATES!)

Holiday Party - December 10, 2016

 “But she just had a baby!” The Myths and Lies of Motherhood - January 27, 2017

“Shh, its Confidential”: Confidentiality of Mental Health Information Under California and HIPAA Laws - February 10, 2017



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