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  • 02 Apr 2020 3:44 PM | Carol A. Bouldin (Administrator)

    Hello IE-CAMFT Members,

    I have the pleasure of writing the president’s message this month even though I hold the Secretary position on the board due to the fact that unfortunately, our president, Carol Adkisson, is not feeling well enough to complete this task.  I know you all join me in wishing her a speedy recovery. I hope you and your family are healthy and well.

    Spring is in full swing now, and yet we are living in an odd time. Now it seems that we are all staying in our houses and we are living through our first pandemic. It looks unreal, and when I look outside or go for a walk, everything “looks” the same, but it isn’t. As you know, this change in our living is causing significant stress for us, our families, and our clients. I do want you to know that I see you, I see you taking care of your clients, children, and neighbors. I see you debating on where to hold your therapy sessions, in the office, your home, or even in the closet (where is the privacy?). Then we must teach the clients to use telehealth. I see you worried about your future, your ability to sustain a practice, pay your bills, and take care of all the people in your life. Our world has changed, and we, too, must learn to adapt. We just are uncertain how.

    We have become bombarded with ever-changing information, and yet we still go on. We are human healers and relational people and want to help others around us, but we don’t always know how. We must make tough decisions and, at times, with limited information.  I have great hope for our community, and I see other good acts being done. We must take notice of those positives as some days that is all we have. However, I am confident that we will weather the storm and come out the other side.  Luckily, we have a very timely topic this month, "Grief in the midst of COVID 19: What are we going to do to hold all of it? How are we going to take care of ourselves?"

    Part of the changing landscape is what IE-CAMFT is doing. We are now having online seminars instead of in-person ones. We had our first one this past month and another one coming up on the 4th Friday of the month, April 24th. This process is easy, and you can take part from the comfort of your home or office and even in your PJs if you like. Please do sign in early, and you must be present until the end. CEU time requirements are in place.  Also, you need to complete the seminar evaluation form in order to get your certificate.  The certificates are emailed in batches, so the earlier you complete yours, the sooner you will receive it, as most people submit theirs right after the seminar.

    Here are a few suggestions to make your experience optimal.   

    1.             Download and install the Zoom application ahead of time.

    2.    Log in at least 5-10 minutes early and sign in. That way, you have time if a problem arises.

    3.    Have only one browser window open during the conference call. We don’t need to see your email, and you will have a better connection.

    4.            Make sure you are in a quiet place, and if you can’t be, or your dog starts barking of your child starts to cry, please mute yourself. In fact, everyone will be able to hear better if everyone but the presenter mutes themselves.

    5.  Wear earbuds or headphones as that helps with unwanted feedback and makes everyone’s experience better.

    6.  If the quality of the video becomes a challenge, you can stop the video and continue with audio-only. 

    Lastly, if you are a struggling private practice, you may be eligible for a COVID-19 ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN. The CARES Act is the $2 trillion was signed into law to provide immediate relief by those impacted by COVID-19 If you are a group practice this may be especially helpful as this act also creates a $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program where businesses can apply for low-interest loans equivalent to 2.5 months of operating expenses or $10 million, whichever figure is lower. As an added benefit, part or all of these loans would be “forgiven” if an employer maintains the same number of employees for the first eight weeks after the origination of the loan as they did in the year or months before COVID-19.  You can also find more information at SBA.gov. 

    Please take care and be well. 

    Respectfully,

    Sherry Shockey-Pope

    Secretary, IE-CAMFT

     

  • 24 Mar 2020 4:11 PM | Carol A. Bouldin (Administrator)

    AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE DUE TO THE COVID 19 OUTBREAK, OUR SEMINARS ARE CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED ON ZOOM ONLY.  YOU MAY STILL PARTICIPATE IN ANY AND ALL OF OUR SEMINARS, WE HAVE JUST MOVED THEM TO ONLINE NOW TO DECREASE SOCIAL CONTACT.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING DURING THIS TIME.

    IE-CAMFT

  • 11 Mar 2020 2:51 PM | Carol A. Bouldin (Administrator)

    We are rolling around to election time for our IE-CAMFT board.  We will have a slate available soon, but please consider serving on the board for any open positions.   We always need people to help the hospitality committee for all those amazing events that IE-CAMFT hosts throughout the year.  We would love you to participate with us in making a difference with our local chapter that is growing larger each month.

    I would also personally like to send a shout-out to Steve Gray, our Chief Financial Officer, he was recognized by CAMFT for an award as our Outstanding Chapter Leader. We appreciate his dedication and service in working to resolve financial issues enabling us to move forward in the fiscally solvent manner that we are.  Thank you Steve.  We as a board are grateful.

    Carol Adkisson, LMFT

    President, IE-CAMFT

  • 21 Feb 2020 4:03 PM | Carol A. Bouldin (Administrator)

    For a preview of the L&E seminar, go to YouTube

  • 01 Feb 2020 7:29 PM | Carol A. Bouldin (Administrator)

    We as a board are excited to present our Law and Ethics training for this year.  Why is a Law and Ethics Training so Important?

    As I am sure anyone reading this understands, we are governed by both legal and ethical standards.  As clinicians, it is important for us to consider and if necessary, consult, on legal and/or ethical dilemmas.  We make daily decisions and we need to rely heavily on these trainings to keep us apprised of the latest laws and regulations.  

    One of the changes in our world, our digital world, is an important part of the decision-making process today.   The training that we are hosting this month, by Dr. Maelisa Hall addresses our ethical and legal standards in this digital age that we are all navigating.    She herself has a strong online presence and will guide us on how to manage our documentation using today’s technology. Her learning objectives, will help us to gain confidence as clinicians in today’s modern age. 

    Please take the time to sign up for our training.  The link is included along with the description of this month’s training in the newsletter and in the announcements which are sent out.  

    One other thing, our board could use some help.  Both our hospitality, and our set-up and tear down crew need your help.  If you are willing to help, please contact one of the board members and we would be more than happy to welcome you as a volunteer.  We are growing, and with growth comes the need for more help.  Would you please consider stepping up and being a part of our team?  Thank you for considering filling in this gap for us.   

    Carol Rose Adkisson

    President, IE-CAMFT

  • 07 Jan 2020 12:38 PM | Carol A. Bouldin (Administrator)

    Welcome to the New Year 2020.  I believe this is going to be a great year, a year where we as therapists can make a big difference with the populations that we serve, wherever we serve them.  We have many great trainings coming up this year, including a Law and Ethics seminar that addresses this digital age in a very specific way.  With the world changing so fast, I think this training is more important than ever.  I would suggest registering as soon as possible for this training, as the rate for members is going up again tomorrow, and as I expect it to be sold out and possibly the very reason that we may outgrow our current location.  Growth is a good thing.  In the meantime, please sign up for our wonderful topic in January, Understanding Current Trends in Modern Parenting and the Implications for Children and Families Seeking Therapy.  Be on the watch for videos that interview our speakers and please share them with your local Facebook groups as well as those therapist groups that may benefit from learning about our speakers.  As there are so many social media forums: Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, Linked-In, Pinterest, etc. please do not hesitate to share our links in the media with which you are most comfortable.  We at IE-CAMFT look forward to growth in this coming year.  Please invite your clinical friends,  We are not limited to MFTs, but also welcome CSWs as well as PCCs.to join an organization that is passionate about teaching, networking, and supporting our fellow clinicians.  

    Welcome to 2020.  Let’s make this a great year!


  • 04 Dec 2019 9:17 PM | Carol A. Bouldin (Administrator)

    Now that we are reaching the end of the year, all of us hopefully enjoying our holidays with our families and friends, I wanted to take this moment and look back to this year and the many things that have been accomplished at IE-CAMFT.  

    • ·         We reached our goal of 200+ members.  As we grow, we are considering moving nearby to a bigger location to accommodate our growing membership.
    • ·         Our webmistress has revamped our website, There are many features available for members and guests.  She has done an amazing job. Please check it out at www.ie-camft.org
    • ·         We have automated our seminar evaluations and certificates.  
    • ·         We have gone to a new payment processor that allows members and guests to pay with any credit card, rather than having to have a PayPal account.
    • ·         We have had many diverse and interesting trainings.  These trainings offering anything from 2-CEU’s to 6-CEU’s help us as clinicians to stay on the pulse of the latest subject matter.  These trainings included:
    • A Twin’s Dialetic: Being Noticed or Being Known; Law and Ethics: Tough calls, moral dilemmas, technology and more; How do I talk to my grieving client?  The stuff to know and the words not to use; Deep TMC and Beyond; Camft Update 2019, the State of the Profession; Mindful Choices for Well-Being; Music Therapy: A Binaural Frontier: the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM); Decoding Teens; Author’s Gathering; EMDR: healing unprocessed memories that create disturbance and dysfunction; and At the intersection of Depth Psychology and Self Care: An Alternative New Lens on Motivational Interviewing.   We hope you were able to attend many of our trainings.  We look forward to presenting more stimulating seminars in 2020.
    • ·         We expanded our marketing strategies to include a YouTube channel in addition to visiting local colleges, other events, video interviews with our presenters, and continued posting on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  

    Enjoy the Holidays, we look forward to seeing you next year at our next training on January 28, 2020: Understanding Current Trends in Modern Parenting and the Implications for Children and Families Seeking Therapy.

    Carol Rose Adkisson, President

    IE-CAMFT


  • 02 Nov 2019 4:43 PM | Carol A. Bouldin (Administrator)

    Wow are we really in November?  How did that happen?  Let me take this time to remind you that our meeting this month will be earlier than our usual fourth Friday of the month.  This month’s meeting will be on November 15th Please make a note of this in your Calendar.  Our speaker is Dr. Maxine Langdon Starr, speaking on an interesting subject: “At the Intersection of Depth Psychology & Self-Care: an Alternate New Lens on Motivational Interviewing.”  Another interesting topic to give you new insight and offer another opportunity to acquire 2 CEU’s.

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    We are at the beginning of the holiday season.  I am sure some of you will be taking vacations and trips to see your family.  Possibly your work hours will change throughout this holiday season.  It most definitely is a whirlwind of plans and get-togethers.  We as an organization will celebrate with our IE-CAMFT Holiday Party on December 14th open to chapter members. Will you be attending?  Remember self-care includes enjoying the holidays with family, friends, and co-workers.  We look forward to seeing you at our next training in two weeks and possibly at the IE-CAMFT Holiday Party on December 14th.

     

  • 09 Oct 2019 2:16 PM | Carol A. Bouldin (Administrator)

    Hello IE-CAMFT Members:

    I wanted to bring your attention to our Authors and Program Providers Gathering on October 25th from 8:30am-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, IE-CAMFT

  • 04 Sep 2019 1:38 PM | Carol A. Bouldin (Administrator)

    As a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and a business owner, I have the privilege of working with clinicians that include associates and practicum students.  I remember the daunting task toward that dream of attaining 3000 hours.  It is so easy to let anxiety creep in, “Will I get my hours, when will I get my hours, how will I survive financially, will I pass the tests?” can take you to a place of fear.  At times it could cause you to forget why you are on this path, the path to make a difference in the lives of the populations with whom you work.  For those of you reading this and resonating with what I am saying, try to trust in the process, one hour at a time.  You will get there.  That isn’t the end of the journey, but the beginning of another one.  This is a season in your life that you may even miss some day.  Remember life happens during the journey, not when the goal is attained.

    Carol Rose Adkisson, President

    IE-CAMFT

     

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