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  October 2017

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

Featured Event for October 27, 2017

Recovery from Religion: Recognizing and Supporting Individuals through Crises of Faith or Religious Transitions

Rebecca Williams, MS, LMFT


Questioning, then doubt, and a crisis of faith. This experience can be terrifying for a devoutly religious person. They may find themselves saying “I never intended to be here! How did this happen? What will my family think? What will become of me?” The result could be a reconfiguration of faith, religious switching, or a transition to irreligion. Some make these transitions smoothly and some people get stuck. They experience confusion, anxiety, isolation, depression, and relational problems. They may show up in your office not entirely sure what’s happening to them.

This presentation will give participants an overview of stages of questioning/doubt, Religious Trauma Syndrome, and stages of recovery from a crisis of faith. We will discuss simple questions for assessment and strategies to support individuals through the process. The presentation will address how to help people maintain ties with religious family members and friends. And we will discuss when referring out is the most appropriate step for the client. 

1. Participants will learn the symptoms individuals may experience when separating from their religion.

2. Participants will learn the stages of recovery from a rigid religious experience. 

3. Participants will learn how to support individuals leaving their religion in maintaining ties with religious friends and family members.

4. Participants will learn to recognize when to refer out individuals leaving religion.

Rebecca Williams is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#81817) in private practice in Riverside. She is passionate about couples therapy and works with couples who are destabilized by one or both partners exiting religion or recovering from addiction. She has done training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Gottman Method Couples Therapy.  She is a member of CAMFT, the Mormon Mental Health Association, and the Secular Therapist Project.

Ms. Williams came to the family therapy field from a background in education. Working with troubled teens, she saw that there was only so much change that could happen for the kids without change happening in the family as well. She graduated with her Masters from Loma Linda University and did internship work with substance abusing teens and their families. She has a love and talent for relational work. 

Rebecca was drawn to this specialty through personal experience. As a formerly devout and observant religious person, she understands the existential crises that follow a loss of faith and the painful struggle to maintain relationships with family and friends who remain faithful. In meeting with other formerly religious people, she discovered common experiences of marital strain, family rejection, and being misunderstood or harmed in therapeutic settings. These are the people she loves to serve! She believes there is enough love, respect, and creativity in the world to allow individuals in marriages and families to have different spiritual paths while remaining intimately connected and having fulfilling relationships.


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.



The Single Payer bill, SB 562, will be pursued in the next legislative session, starting in January.

The Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act has been introduced in the U. S. Senate.

For more information, visit the "News" page under the "Members Only" section of the website

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                                                October Featured Event


  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New and Renewing Members!

  President's Message

Message from the Webmistress

 Upcoming Events

Couples Counseling: Using the Power and Intimacy Formula

John Lucas

This seminar offered a simple but all-encompassing formula for therapy and assessment, which ideally applies to couple's work. Examples of assessment and application of the formula were offered in the presentation. The presentation also presented a useful integration of psychology and Christianity for clients with a Christian framework.  Based on this simple formula, the presentation applied CBT principles to address anger management, conflict resolution, and self-worth, and touched on the application of the formula to parenting and addictions.

Participants learned:

1. The general principles of the Power and Intimacy formula in treatment.

2.   How to apply the Power and Intimacy formula to couples therapy.

3.   How the Power and Intimacy formula can be applied to various areas of treatment, including individual therapy, addictions, and parenting.

4.   How the Power and Intimacy formula can be used to integrate psychology and Christianity into a successful therapeutic approach.

John Lucas is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  John has been married for 31 years with five children, and has been practicing in private practice for 20 years. Currently, John is in private practice in Temecula under the name of Lighthouse Counseling Services.  Mr. Lucas has a self¬≠-published book, "Power and Intimacy in Relationships: the balanced formula for success" which has been available for the last several years.   John has worked in a psychiatric setting as the program director for Dr. Raese and Associates in their anger management/ domestic violence program for seven years. John has also worked for the last five years for Oak Grove residential treatment center in Murrieta, Ca.  Mr. Lucas continues to work as a 1-800-gambler therapist and has for the last several years.  John has also been involved in his local church assisting with their Celebrate Recovery program.

Welcome New Members!

Nate Conklin, Shelley Daub, Jasmine Goindi, Iiesha Howard, Katherine Hunter, Sarah Oh, Sarah Wood

Thank you for renewing:  Judy Kelly, Catherine Caporale, Jennifer Grant, Jenna Hardy, Jennifer Taglieri, Alicia McCleod, Irma Gonzalez, Beverly Johnson, Jenna Collins-Ebbesen, Stacy Donaldson, Monica Thirant, Golden Crews, Anne Hunpherys, Betty Odak, Ronena Summers, LuAnn Ahrens, Regina Holmes, Maria Luisa Ciaglo, Roberta Verderico

Renewal Reminders:  Kimberly Lloyd, Daniel Nyirady, Patrick Poor, Mary Rivas, Monica Smith, Randall Stier, Sabrina Thakur

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! :)


President's Message: 

Pumpkin muffins and the smell of cinnamon.  Soon we'll be in the throes of the anticipated (and dreaded) holidays.  Perhaps this year we'll take our own advice and keep BALANCE between what is important and what is busy-ness.  Maybe focus on what is taking care of each other and healing. 

Janetta Peltz, IE-CAMFT President

Message from the Webmistress:  

Don't forget to complete your profile on the website in order to fully benefit from the Therapist Directory and Membership Directory--they both give you the ability to advertise your specialty areas and research others' specialties for referrals--a great resource, but only if all the fields are filled out.  If you didn't have time when you joined the chapter to complete yours, log in and do so at your first opportunity!

Carol A. Bouldin, IE-CAMFT Webmistress

Upcoming Events:

Scents and Scents-Ability: Using Essential Oils in Clinical Practice - November 17, 2017 (Note Date)

Holiday Party - December 9, 2017

The Secret Life of Hoarders
- January 26, 2018



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