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October 2019

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter


October 25, 2019

EMDR: healing unprocessed memories that create disturbance and dysfunction

Nicole Serrano, LMFT


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a theoretical orientation that has become widely known or heard of in our profession; however many are still confused by what the theory is about and how it works. In this presentation, we will explore what EMDR is and how it works, debunk myths, and clarify information on how EMDR is used today and where the research is going in the future. We will look at the theoretical orientation’s eight phases of treatment (client history and treatment planning, client preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure, and reevaluation); the protocols (past, present, future, and recent event) and forms of bilateral stimulation (eye movement, taps, tones). We will explore Dr. Francine Shapiro’s AIP (adaptive information processing) model which is the framework in which the eight phases and past, present, and future protocols are worked through.  We will review options on how to become trained and/or certified in EMDR, and resources to learn more. In the end, professionals will have a better grasp on what EMDR is, who would be a good candidate for it, and how to refer a client to a professional trained or certified in EMDR and how to seek training in EMDR.  

With this training, the educational goal is to clinically obtain a better understanding of the EMDR theoretical orientation to be able to identify appropriate client candidates for treatment and understand how to seek appropriate training in EMDR. 

  • Definition and overview of history of EMDR
  • Overview of EMDR Adaptive Information Processing model
  • 8 phases of treatment
  • 3 pronged protocols
  • BLS forms
  • Appropriate clients for EMDR (ages, populations, diagnosis)
  • How to explain EMDR to a client
  • How to refer a client to an EMDR therapist
  • Recognizing signs that a client will need an EMDR therapist specializing in dissociation and/ or parts work.
  • EMDR Resources
  • Where to find more information on EMDR and its research
  • Where to become trained in EMDR (and difference in trained vs certified)
  • Information on various protocols for specialized treatment (chronic pain, dissociation/ parts work, addiction, couples, first responders, military, performance enhancement , Children)

Learning Objectives:

1. Define EMDR therapy and identify the 8 phases of treatment

2. List 3-pronged protocol  

3. List 3 forms of bilateral stimulation  

4. Identify 4 resources to obtain more information on EMDR and training opportunities.


Nicole Serrano is a bilingual licensed marriage family therapist in the state of California that has over 5 years treating trauma across various settings such as in the home, hospital, community mental health agencies and private practice office for the children and adult populations. She has worked with children and families in wraparound program, and adults with chronic mental illness and substance abuse. She also previously worked with children, adults, and geriatrics at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center.   

Currently, Nicole has a private practice located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA where she serves adults for individual and couples therapy. Nicole is currently trained in EMDR and working towards certification. Nicole was trained in EMDR through the EMDR International Association. Nicole also serves couples and is trained in Gottman Method of Couples Therapy Level 2.


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. 

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.


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Authors Gathering

NOTE:  This event is scheduled from 8:30-12 on the same day and location (different room) the October seminar on EMDR will be taking place.  If you are registered to attend the seminar, you must be in attendance for the full 2 hours from 9-11 a.m. in order to receive CEU credit. The Authors Gathering will be available 1/2 hour prior to the seminar and a full hour afterwards for seminar attendees.  Anyone else is free to attend the gathering anytime between the hours of 8:30 and 12.  There is a free event.

IE-CAMFT is proud to welcome both Authors and Program Providers to display information on their products, (books, CEU’s trainings, etc.).   We are excited to see the body of work our local clinicians are producing. You may want to consider adding to your library, and/or holiday shopping for others.

New this year: bring a (gently) used field-related book and swap with others.

Who will be there:

Carol Adkisson: Written from the perspective of a patient and clinician, Recovering My Life – A personal bariatric story is a raw reflection of weight loss using bariatric surgery as a tool.  The book explores the emotional reasons for compulsive overeating and reveals the rarely shared truth from this writer’s perspective.

The companion book, Recovering My Life – Your Story – guides the reader through the process of discovering how their relationship with food negatively affected every aspect of their lives. The workbook/journal brings them face-to-face with how they used food to mask their emotional brokenness. 

Stefanie Sherbon: Stefanie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist, and has been providing child therapy for over 10 years. She will be presenting therapeutic games for kids and teens that address: abuse/trauma, divorce, body image, separation anxiety, and parent/child separation due to immigration issues. Sandtray miniatures to help client's express themselves will also be available.

Dr. William Shearer: book "Mindful Choices for Well-Being"

Jill A. Johnson-Young, LCSW: ‘Your Path through Grief”, a full year program of support and recovery from grief.

Author of:

  1. “Your Own Path Through Grief”
  2. “Someone I love just died, what happens now?”
  3.  “Someone I love is sick- what happens now?”
  4. “My pet is sick: it's time to say goodbye”

Sherry Shockey-Pope: Therapist Practice in a Box.   Program: Let's Get Your Private Practice done! (12-week coaching)

Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT is the founder of Therapist Practice in a Box design to help graduate students, newly-licensed practitioners, or anyone who wants to build a successful private practice the first time. She provides the support and coaching you need. Her attitude of “let’s get it done and stop talking about it” approach has helped many struggling clinicians. She is the cheering squad you need to build that successful practice. She is passionate about helping and teaching others how to build a private practice. Therapists Practice in a Box is the graduate school program on business practice building that you never had. Her website has many other helpful resources for clinicians.

Lolita M. Domingue: Emotional Transformation Therapy is an interactive ecological psychotherapy originated by Steven R. Vazquez, Ph.D. in the 1990’s. It is a synthesis of attachment-based interpersonal therapy that is radically amplified by precise visual brain stimulation: the light enters the eyes and photosensitive cells convert it into neural impulses. Many of these impulses affect parts of the brain beyond the visual cortex to control thoughts, emotions, and physical symptoms. By selecting precise forms of visual brain stimulation, the neural impulses are directed to rapidly change the parts of the brain responsible for the client’s disturbance.

Holli Kenley: Author, Speaker, & Workshop Presenter. Learn about Holli’s workshops, assemblies, and presentations!

Holli Kenley works in the field of psychology as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Author, and Workshop Presenter.


1. "Daughters Betrayed By Their Mothers: Moving From Brokenness To Wholeness"

2. "Power Down & Parent Up: Cyber Bullying, Screen Dependence & Raising Tech Healthy Children" How can we navigate a tech-driven world and raise tech-healthy children? Help is here! “Power Down & Parent Up” provides parents/guardians with effective strategies to integrate into their lives and their children’s. Real power comes in being informed!

3. "2nd Edition Breaking Through Betrayal And Recovering The Peace Within".  Have you experienced rejection or abandonment? Has your trust been violated? Have your beliefs or truths been shattered? Are you feeling confused, worthless, and powerless?

4. "Another Way" - a novel.  This novel is for tweens – teens. And it is for parents, guardians, youth leaders & counselors – As our children confront at-risk social behaviors such as sex, drugs, and alcohol, would you like a safe tool to have non-judgmental conversations about these issues?  A guide to help navigate the culture and challenges that your children face? A healing pathway for your children to begin again if they stumble and fall? Then, get ready to get empowered!  There is “Another Way”!

5. "Mountain Air: Relapsing and Finding the Way Back....One Breath at a Time". In her memoir, Holli Kenley shares her personal narrative of emotional relapse and her powerful recovering journey.  “Mountain Air”… Is 12-Step compatible. Addresses recovery from any kind of relapse. Unlocks the shame within relapse. Provides healing and hope!


1. Internet Addiction & Screen Dependence

2. Human Response To New Technology

3. Cyber Bullying & Bullying

4. Betrayal Recovery

5. Proactive Parenting

Patrick Poor will provide more information regarding training for Trauma Conversion Therapy.

We hope you will pay us a visit!

For further information, please contact:

Ilse – Membership Chair – at 909-945-9947 or

Carol Adkisson – President – at 909-693-3177



You may have noticed a new look to the website!  Our webmistress has updated it to a friendlier smart phone theme.  We hope you like it and visit it frequently.

She has also has been working hard on moving towards automating the seminar evaluations and certificates and we will be trying out the new system this month to see how it functions. There may be some bugs to work out so please be patient, but we are confident this will improve the efficiency of our seminars and help us go Green!

  • Book Exchange:  At the Writers' Gathering in October, attendees may bring gently-used books to swap with other therapists.

  • Bylaws Revision vote was held and passed last month--please see IE-CAMFT BOD section of the website for the latest version.

This issue:  

October Featured Event



Welcome New and Renewing Members!                       


At our Last Meeting           

President's Message

Upcoming Events


Welcome New and Returning Members!


Jill Catlin, Hilary Braxton, Leann Gonzalez, TiffanyKnowlton, Diana Medina, Linda Bramel, Jennifer Goodlow, Lizette Urdanez, SimoneRoberts, Kimm Moreno, Myesha Dunn, Lauren Guzman Johnson, Debra Valentine,Robbie Thompson

Thank you for renewing!

Maria Luisa Gamboa, Regina(GINA) Holmes, Jean Barefield, Abel Whittemore, Joe Navarro, Joseph RalphOrtiz, Janetta Peltz, Patrick M. Poor, David Newman, Tricia Kaiser, Paul Velen,Annette Compton, Janae Preast Hewes, Susan Seidman, Johnetta Threadgill-Powderill,Tina Gonzalez, M. Magdalena Cantu-Romo, Jose M. Flores, Julie Estrella, ShelleyDaub, Rebecca Hahn-Hooten, Irma Gonzalez

Renewal Reminders: Verlynn Pruehs, Jay Burke, Catherine Caporale, Richard Robbins, Ronena Summers,Vickie Marshall, RoseAnn Connerley, Monica Smith, Maria Luisa Gamboa, MarieBassil, Andrea Watson, Michelle Gasper, Sandi Duffield, Yvonne Jackson 

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! :)


At Our Last Meeting . . . 

Decoding Teens

Jamie R. Nelson, LMFT

Life. Is. Rough. Teens are great at being in the here-and-now. So much so that they tend not imagine life past This. Very. Moment. Being a teenager is like walking a tight rope between childhood and being an adult. They know everything, yet they know nothing. Being able to meet this particular client right where they are means that we are connecting to our own experience as teens, which for many of us was not a pleasant time.

In this session we explored strategies for how to connect with a teen client, engage them in the therapy process and provide understanding during a time when “no one understands.” Additionally, we discussed insights that will help parents and teens feel more connected.  With a type of stealth therapy, we explored strategies to help the next generation through an identity-building transition.

Objectives:  Participants learned:

  • key elements of gaining buy-in from teen clients.
  • strategies for maintaining flexible boundaries while working with teens and their parents.
  • to increase your awareness of the unique existence that is the iGeneration.
  • how to incorporate interactive participation and stealth therapy.


Jamie R. Nelson M.A. LMFT is a strength-based therapist based in Rancho Cucamonga. She has been working with teens since 2012, in a school based program, to a community clinic, in a group practice and just took the leap into private practice by opening Equilibrium Counseling Services.  Jamie has presented to parents at local high schools as well as learning centers for neurodivergent students. She currently facilitates a teen group for high school age and a #Adulting group for young adults.  Her professional motto is “Be the person you needed when you were younger” - Ayesha Siddiqi.

Instagram: equilibriumcounseling

Facebook: Equilibrium Counseling Services

For a video of the seminar, watch the Interview with Jamie R. Nelson, LMFT

President's Message:

Hello IE-CAMFT Members


I wanted to bring your attention to our Authors and Program Providers Gathering on October 25th from 8:30 am-12 noon.  This event will run concurrently with our October Training on EMDR: healing unprocessed memories that create disturbance and dysfunction.  The authors event will include several authors and program providers and as an added bonus this year we are asking you to bring gently used field-related books to swap out with others’ contributions.  You will have an opportunity to visit with the authors,buy their books, before and after the training if you are attending the seminar; if you aren’t attending the seminar, you may attend the authors gathering at any time between 8:30 and 12.  Learning about new subject matter to add to our libraries is always good for new resources.  Don’t forget the holidays will be here before you know it, consider this also as an opportunity to shop for your holidays for your friends and family.


Carol Rose Adkisson, President



Upcoming Events:

Depth Psychology & Self-Care - November 15, 2019

Holiday Party for members - TBD (December 2019)

Modern Parenting Solutions - January 24, 2020


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