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  • 15 Feb 2021 11:54 AM | Nancy Orr (Administrator)

    Am I crazy? Yes, that was a joke, or is this year speeding by?  One minute we are having a quite unusual New Year’s Eve and the next, clients are making appointments in March.  How is your year going so far?  Are you taking steps toward the goals you would like to reach this year?  I have heard so many people saying they are feeling hopeful, and I feel that too.  Yes, the vaccines have been rolling out, and depending on where you stand on that controversial issue, that may be the tipping point to a more hopeful year.  Or maybe your hope could be attached to something else.  I see lots of new babies being born; how can that not bring joy to the family members that bring a new life into this world?

    I, myself, stay clear of politics and with this country divided, this may also be affecting how you are feeling.  The point is that therapists feel.  As a clinical supervisor, many of my staff question if that is ok. I always say you are a human, then please feel free to express your emotions in the way you need to, and of course, at an appropriate time.  None of us know how Covid will continue to play out with these newly added strains.  It seems so many people have their own Covid story, and they are very interesting to hear.  As we are unique humans, we all have had our unique story. Was your case mild, are you a long hauler, were you somewhere in the middle?  For me, I was a long hauler, about two months, with a few lingering symptoms; however, since having Covid, it really put me into high gear, appreciating my health.  How are you feeling?  I wish I could talk to each and every one of you and hear your stories.

    I want to thank Dr. Ryan Witherspoon for his unique presentation last month, Censensual Non-Monogamy. I have heard many positive comments about his presentation.  I found he was well informed and helped us, as clinicians, navigate the world we live in today; understanding relationships are complicated. He gave us a peek into this world he understands so well.  If you are interested, you can see his pre-interview talk with me at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veJSDmDb_Go&t=190s

    We are looking forward to this month's speaker, Georgia King, LCSW. She is presenting Immigration Evaluation Masterclass for Therapists on February 26.

    Not many therapists know about the amazing opportunities available in the field of immigration law. Therapists can help immigrant families stay together and get asylum. Lawyers have a huge need for expert clinical assessments, and the field is wide open for therapists to get started. Read GEORGIA'S ARTICLE about how she got involved with immigration evaluation work. 

    Watch our pre-presentation chat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnlFYbAWHj0.

    I am especially excited about this topic, as I have written hundreds of immigration evaluations. It is quite a privilege to sit in the pain and trauma of possibly being separated by your loved ones.  Please sign up as soon as you can, remember we close registrations two days before the actual presentation.  

    Mark your calendars!
    6 hour Law and Ethics Training, April 9th
     

    There will be more information in the coming months. We are partnering with State CAMFT to make this experience educational and virtual friendly.

    IE-CAMFT is here to offer us educational programs and also to allow us to network with each other.  Please come early to our events and get to know who is joining you at the training. 

    For suggestions to make your virtual event experience optimal, check out our website: www.ie-camft.org.   

    Board Elections in April! 

    Here is the slate for the board for 2021-2022.

    • President: Carol Adkisson
    • President-Elect: Open Duties: Succeed to the presidency after one year. Perform the duties of the President in his or her absence or incapacity.
    • Past President: N/A
    • Treasurer/Financial Officer: Steve Gray
    • Secretary: Sherry Shockey-Pope
    • Membership Chair: Ilse Alerts
    • Program Chair: Lynn Flewelling
    • Members at Large: Garry Raley, Omar Gonzalez-Valentino, Cecilla Fabris, (Zanetta Van Putten?)

    We are looking for volunteers and potential community and future board members.  If you are interested, please feel free to contact us at ie-camft@gmail.com.  As a member of this board for a number of years, I have found this to be an invaluable experience, and we hope that you too would consider this as a positive season in your life.

    Thank you for continuing to support IE-CAMFT. Please share about our trainings. We look forward to seeing you soon.

    Carol Rose Adkisson
    President-IE-CAMFT

     

  • 02 Feb 2021 3:14 PM | Nancy Orr (Administrator)

    When I became a therapist, I never imagined that simply by providing assessments for immigration cases, I could be instrumental in refugees getting asylum and families remaining together. I had never heard of therapists doing such a thing. I stumbled into this work by accident and it has led to some of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

    One of the first cases I worked on was with a transgender man seeking asylum. He described the horror of being a transgender person in El Salvador and shared that in just a few years, more than 20 people in his community had been killed for being transgender, gay or lesbian. It no longer surprised him to see dead bodies in the street. He himself had been assaulted and tortured by a police officer, and this trauma was the basis of his petition for asylum. By conducting a mental health evaluation, I was able to document his PTSD symptoms, assess his credibility, and provide evidence to support his claim that he needed asylum. I’ll never forget his lawyer telling me that the case was successful and that my evaluation was crucial to winning the case. The joy that I felt being part of this life-saving process was so profound that I was immediately hooked.

    Previously, my interest was solely in providing therapy. I graduated from the Smith College School for Social Work in 2008 and worked for several years as a therapist in community mental health and then at Walter Reed Military Base. I started building a private practice and thoroughly enjoyed my specialty, which was providing therapy for adolescents. But my career took a different turn when I moved into an office across the hall from several immigration lawyers.

    One day, a lawyer asked me to provide a “psychological evaluation” for one of his cases. I’d never heard of such a thing and immediately refused, thinking (erroneously) that a therapist would need a doctorate for this kind of work. In fact, this field is wide open to master’s level clinicians and there’s no need to be bilingual or have any specialized experience. With the right training, it’s easy to effectively apply our clinical skills to the unique needs of immigration cases.

    I found training that provided some basic information about immigration evaluations, and I jumped in. Because my office was across the hall from these lawyers, I was able to work closely with them and create highly effective templates tailored to each type of case. In time, we began hearing that our cases were winning at an incredibly high success rate. Lawyers started telling me that my assessments were helping them win cases they would have lost in the past. I came to realize that when a therapist understands how each case is structured, an evaluation can be extraordinarily effective. It can be the dealbreaker, determining whether a family will stay together, or an individual will escape life-threatening circumstances in their home country.

    Over the past 10 years, I’ve provided evaluations for hundreds of immigrants from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds. My recent clients have been from Iran, India, Thailand, and China. I have pro bono clients who arrived in the U.S. with just the clothes on their backs, and I have wealthier full-fee clients who are engineers and computer scientists. I’ve found that incorporating these assessments has brought substantial growth and stability to my private practice.

    As I began to realize the huge need for evaluations and the benefits to a private practice, I was shocked that so few therapists even knew about these opportunities, much less how to get the training to get started. So, I made it part of my mission to spread the word as widely as possible and support therapists who wanted to do this work. In 2017, I founded The Immigration Evaluation Training Center, and I have had the opportunity to train hundreds of therapists around the country. Therapists already have the skills necessary to conduct mental health assessments, and I show them how to use those skills most effectively for each type of immigration case. In my trainings, I provide the key to my success, so therapists can get started with ease and confidence. I supply a simple roadmap to guide therapists each step along the way. This includes knowledge about relevant legal concepts, detailed templates, and interviewing questions, as well as expert marketing strategies and ongoing support through consultation and online social media groups. Over and over, I see how my proven formula helps therapists provide highly effective evaluations and launch thriving practices.

    I feel such gratitude that I discovered this obscure niche in the mental health field. This is some of the most meaningful work I’ve ever done, and it’s deeply in line with my own values. As someone with the unearned privilege of being a white, educated U.S. citizen, I’m grateful for the chance to use my privilege and skills to contribute to social justice, and I’m passionate about spreading the word because I know that so many therapists from all walks of life would love this same opportunity. We have the chance to be on the front lines of advocacy for immigrants and to make an impact that’s life-changing. The field is wide open for you to get started.

    Georgia King, LCSW is one of the leading therapists providing clinical evaluations for immigration cases. Over the past decade, she has provided assessments for hundreds of immigrants from around the world with an exceptionally high success rate. She regularly appears in court as an expert witness and has been a guest speaker at Georgetown Law School and the Smith College School for Social Work. Ms. King is also at the forefront of training therapists, and since founding The Immigration Evaluation Training Center in 2017, she has had the opportunity to teach hundreds of therapists around the country how to provide expert evaluations and how to launch thriving businesses. She can be reached through her website www.TherapistImmigrationTraining.com.

  • 19 Jan 2021 12:48 PM | Nancy Orr (Administrator)

    Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

    During the COVID-19 national emergency, which also constitutes a nationwide public health emergency, covered health care providers subject to the HIPAA Rules may seek to communicate with patients, and provide telehealth services, through remote communications technologies.  Some of these technologies, and the manner in which they are used by HIPAA covered health care providers, may not fully comply with the requirements of the HIPAA Rules.

    https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html

  • 11 Jan 2021 9:57 AM | Nancy Orr (Administrator)
    Welcome to 2021.  Yes we made it here!  Unfortunately mental stress continues with Covid-19 at its highest rates and of course the event that happened at Congress days ago.  But still, I remain hopeful that today we can still move forward, and progress in positive ways in this year. 

    Did you have any New Year Resolutions that you have created for yourself?  I like to think of them as goals.  I am currently off of sugar, not a resolution, just a decision to watch what I eat as this so affects our ability to be effective clinicians.  There is most definitely a mind body, i.e. stomach connection with our moods, only you can decide what goals will be effective for you.  As I think self-created structure is beneficial to battle any covid fatigue either you or your client’s may struggle with, I hope that you too are considering what goals will be best for this season in your life. 

    We are looking forward to our speaker this month, January 22nd, 2021.  I was able to interview Dr. Witherspoon, the link to see this interview is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGTi0rfAZjo. Ryan G. Witherspoon, Ph.D. is a California-based psychologist (PSY32022), clinician, researcher, author, and speaker.  Dr. Witherspoon regularly publishes peer-reviewed research on non-traditional relationships and sexualities, such as consensual non-monogamy and BDSM/kink, and frequently trains mental health clinicians in sex-positive approaches to working with these populations.  Learn more about Dr. Witherspoon’s work at www.RyanWitherspoon.com.

    More info about his presentation content for our chapter, and to RSVP please go to our website: www.ie-camft.org and don’t hesitate to share with your colleagues.

    Mark your calendars for our yearly 6 hour Law and Ethics Training, April 9th.  There will be more information in the coming months. We are partnering with State CAMFT to make this experience educational and virtual friendly.

    IE-CAMFT is not only here to offer you education, but also to allow us to network amongst our peers.  We invite you to come early to our event and get to know who is joining you at this training. 

    We are also looking for volunteers and potential community and future board members.  If you are interested, please feel free to contact us as ie-camft@gmail.com.  As a member of this board for a number of years, I have found this to be an invaluable experience, and we hope that you too would consider this as a positive season in your life.

    As we continue our virtual presentations, please remember 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.

    More suggestions to make your experience optimal, check out our website: www.ie-camft.org.   

    Thank you for continuing to support IE-CAMFT! Please share about our trainings and we look forward to seeing you soon.

    Carol Rose Adkisson
    President, IE-CAMFT

  • 10 Dec 2020 6:24 PM | Nancy Orr (Administrator)

    Here we are, the holidays are moving forward.  If you didn’t attend our Holiday Party, we missed you!  Yes virtual is not ideal, yet we had a fun time, including food provided by the board via Grubhub Cards, an Ugly Sweater Contest, Virtual Games that I plan on playing with my children and my staff during this holiday season.

    As our Covid-19 numbers continue to spike, and our state has shut down even more, it is very important to keep in mind self-care as a clinician.  We can’t be fully present with our clients without doing our own work.  I don’t think this can be said enough, please stay safe!  As a board we are responding to these unprecedented times, with interesting virtual trainings, and we are in the process of creating a process for streaming our trainings, we will let you know when our new system is unveiled.  

    As we continue our virtual presentations, the process is easy. 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. 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.

    Our website (www.ie-camft.org) provides some great suggestions to make your experience optimal.   

    Feeling compelled to be a presenter? Please feel free to offer your presentation proposals.  You can use this link to offer your suggestions.

    Thank you, Lisa Larson, for your presentation on Brainspotting: Part Two.  Lynn Flewelling was used as a wonderful demonstration.  As a Brainspotter myself, this modality has been effective for healing and offers help for increased resourcing in both positive and creative places.  If you missed her presentation, as mentioned previously, we are hoping in the near future to give you access to the recording and obtain CEU’s.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us: iecamft@gmail.com.

    Our upcoming training is on Consensual Non-Monogamy.  I’m sure that title may have grabbed your attention.  This virtual event is on January 22nd, 2021, from 9-11 am.  Of course, this event is offered free for IE-CAMFT members and $20.00 for guests.  This event, presented by Dr. Ryan Witherspoon, Ph.D., is bound to be booked out as it is an interesting topic. For Information about his presentation and to RSVP, visit our website event page.  Learn more about Dr. Witherspoon’s work at www.RyanWitherspoon.com.  Stay tuned for our video interview to be available online via Facebook and Linked-in.

    We are also looking for volunteers and potential community and future board members.  If you are interested, please feel free to contact us as ie-camft@gmail.com.  As a member of this board for a number of years, I have found this to be an invaluable experience, and we hope that you too would consider this as a positive season in your life.

    Thank you for continuing to support IE-CAMFT, please share about our trainings, we look forward to seeing you soon!

    Happy Holidays!

    Carol Rose Adkisson
    IE-CAMFT President

  • 09 Nov 2020 7:12 AM | Nancy Orr (Administrator)

    Can you believe it’s holiday time?  I am still trying to wrap my brain around this.  It’s certainly been an interesting year, unfortunately between Covid-19, the protests, grief and loss, and many fires, this has been a challenging year.  As recently as this weekend and the culmination in an Historic Presidential Election.  

    While researching on the normalization of life after historical events as we are living in, it is difficult to foresee how long it will take life to be normalized from here.  The Spanish Flu took some time, certainly with our medical and mental health advances, we can only hope that we will bounce back sooner.  However, for now we have a more virtual world. 

    With that said, please continue to check in with your clients on any Pandemic Fatigue that they may be feeling.  This is a very real response to these difficult times. Here is an online article on Pandemic Fatiguehttps://www.wdgpublichealth.ca/blog/pandemic-fatigue-what-it-and-how-do-we-move-past-it.  

    Continue to manage your own self-care structuring your life in a way that is meeting your needs and hence your ability to be as present with your clients as possible. 

    Finally, I wanted to let you know that we will have a unique Virtual Holiday Party this year.  We will be discussing further details in the coming weeks.  I am looking forward to a celebration that is celebratory and fun. 

    I want to thank our last presenter Dr. Talal H. Alsaleem who spoke October 23rd  on the subject of infidelity.  If you missed this presentation, please feel free to visit his website at https://talalalsaleem.com/ and/or visit amazon to get your copy of his book on infidelity.  https://www.amazon.com/Infidelity-Happen-Marriage-Complete-Affairs/dp/0692874828 

    Our upcoming presentation November 20th, 9am-11am is Brainspotting: Part Two, by Lisa Larson, MA, LMFT. Our video Interview will be available online (social media) on Monday November 9th, 2020. Part 2 is another view of Brainspotting. It is not necessary for you to have attended the July training (Introduction to Brainspotting) to attend this training.  As a trauma specialist I find this and many other trauma techniques useful to add to my arsenal of healing tools. Her training will include a demo.

    Please keep in mind this is a zoom event, and registration will close on November 18th.  Also, attendees must attend the full session in order to receive 2 ceu’s.  

    As a brainspotter myself, I also use Lisa Larson’s Intake Process.  I am hoping she will return and teach this method to all of us clinicians.  Once I took her course, I have used this method ever since.  Your interest in this subject matter would be helpful.  

    Please email iecamft@gmail.com, attention to Lynn, if you would like to do a presentation for our chapter or have any connections/suggestions for future presentations.  There is also a link at the bottom of our  Event page to submit your presentation proposal.

    IE-camft is not only here to offer you education, but also to allow us to network amongst our peers.  We invite you to come early to our event and get to know who is joining you at this training. 

    We are also looking for volunteers and potential community and future board members.  If you are interested, please feel free to contact us at ie-camft@gmail.com.  As a member of this board for a number of years, I have found this to be an invaluable experience, and we hope that you too would consider this as a positive season in your life.

    As we continue our virtual presentations, please remember:

    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 15-20 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. 

    Thank you for continuing to support IE-CAMFT, please share about our trainings, we look forward to seeing you soon.

    Carol Rose Adkisson
    IE-CAMFT President

  • 13 Oct 2020 11:09 AM | Nancy Orr (Administrator)

    It’s hard to believe we are seven months into Covid-19. This season has changed much of our work as clinicians. Covid-compliant businesses have become a normal way of doing business. Masks are now necessary by both therapists and clients in most counties. I wonder how you are managing your own choices with this. Have you moved your practice to tele-health, or are you still seeing clients in person with precautions? I myself moved to a hybrid, depending on the comfortability of my staff. Each client has their special requests to create that connection for the healing process to begin.

    Of course we have been dealing with so many difficult struggles during this time. As was discussed in Therapy Amidst Chaos, the racial protests and difficulties are continuing. It breaks my heart to see this remain an issue in this country, with so many of us children of immigrants from all over the world. And yet this is very real and needs to be addressed in all areas.

    Finally we have had so many fires across this state. People needing to leave their homes in a hurry not knowing if they will find a home when they come back. I realize that this is fire season, but it seems that everyday you here of another fire and someone listing they are safe.  

    So many different difficulties that we are dealing with all at once. Not to mention globally because some of these problems are a global problem. Healing is so necessary and mental health is needed more than ever. I feel the stigma in many cultures has lessened. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard, I have never been to therapy, how does this work. That is a good sign to me that the admission of the need for help is a great first step.  

    I want to thank
    Judy McGehee, LMFT and Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT  for presenting Suicide Risk Assessment & Intervention on September 25th, 9-3:30 pm.  Their presentation was comprehensive, very informative, and we couldn’t have asked for better resources to deal with this serious issue.  

    Our next presentation is Introduction to Systemic Affair Recovery (SART)
    presented by Dr. Talal H. Alsaleem on Friday, October 23, from 9:00am - 11:00am.

    Look for our upcoming interview on Facebook live in the next week.

    IE-CAMFT is not only here to offer you education, but also to allow us to network among our peers. We invite you to come early to our event and get to know who is joining you at this training. 

    It’s hard to believe we are seven months into Covid-19. This season has changed much of our work as clinicians. Covid-compliant businesses have become a normal way of doing business. Masks are now necessary by both therapists and clients in most counties. I wonder how you are managing your own choices with this. Have you moved your practice to tele-health, or are you still seeing clients in person with precautions? I myself moved to a hybrid, depending on the comfortability of my staff. Each client has their special requests to create that connection for the healing process to begin.

    Of course we have been dealing with so many difficult struggles during this time. As was discussed in Therapy Amidst Chaos, the racial protests and difficulties are continuing. It breaks my heart to see this remain an issue in this country, with so many of us children of immigrants from all over the world. And yet this is very real and needs to be addressed in all areas.

    Finally we have had so many fires across this state. People needing to leave their homes in a hurry not knowing if they will find a home when they come back. I realize that this is fire season, but it seems that everyday you here of another fire and someone listing they are safe.  

    So many different difficulties that we are dealing with all at once. Not to mention globally because some of these problems are a global problem. Healing is so necessary and mental health is needed more than ever. I feel the stigma in many cultures has lessened. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard, I have never been to therapy, how does this work. That is a good sign to me that the admission of the need for help is a great first step.  

    I want to thank
    Judy McGehee, LMFT and Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT  for presenting Suicide Risk Assessment & Intervention on September 25th, 9-3:30 pm.  Their presentation was comprehensive, very informative, and we couldn’t have asked for better resources to deal with this serious issue.  

    Our next presentation is Introduction to Systemic Affair Recovery (SART)
    presented by Dr. Talal H. Alsaleem on Friday, October 23, from 9:00am - 11:00am.
    Look for our upcoming interview on Facebook live in the next week.

    IE-CAMFT is not only here to offer you education, but also to allow us to network among our peers. We invite you to come early to our event and get to know who is joining you at this training.  

    We are looking for volunteers and future board members. If you are interested, please contact us as ie-camft@gmail.com.  As a member of this board for a number of years, I have found this to be an invaluable experience, and we hope that you too would consider this as a positive season in your life.

    Thank you for continuing to support IE-CAMFT! We look forward to seeing you soon, and please share about our trainings.

    Carol Rose Adkisson
    IE-CAMFT President

  • 12 Oct 2020 11:30 AM | Nancy Orr (Administrator)

    First of all, I would like to take a moment of silence for the loss of Beverly Johnson. She passed a few months ago and we were just made aware of this sad news. Beverly Johnson was actively involved with IE-CAMFT in the past and was an amazing therapist. As stated by one of our board members, “Beverly was the most awesome therapist ever!” Her son, Jack Johnson, is also a licensed therapist. He will be continuing the family legacy and giving back to the mental health community.

    I would like to apologize for missing our last meeting. Unfortunately I too was one of the many that struggled with Covid-19.  I am finally up and about and I am blessed to have had I believe a moderate case that will fully pass in time.  

    The last training I participated in was Lisa Larson’s training “Introduction to Brainspotting: Trauma Therapy That Works!” on July 24th. I was fortunate to be her demo at that training, and received a deep healing from that experience. I was trained the next week and am happy to say I have joined the community of fellow Brainspotters! Lisa has agreed to come back and continue this training with a second presentation. I encourage you to join us. The more tools we have in our tool chest as clinicians the more effective we are with our clients.

    I would like to thank the presenters of “Therapy Amidst Chaos; The Role of a Therapist in 2020 and Beyond” which was on August 28th. Thank you Anthony Carson, LMFT, Jamie Nelson, LMFT, Nicole Serrano, LMFT and Marissa Soria, LCSW!  I have heard nothing but positive responses from their presentation. Their diverse cultures brought together a dialogue about systemic change in the therapy room and to offer appropriate interventions and inclusive psycho-education.  

    The presenters were from the following practices:
    Anthony Carson - Hope Avenue Counseling - Colton
    Jamie Nelson - Equilibrium Counseling Services - Rancho Cucamonga
    Nicole Serrano -  NS Counseling - Rancho Cucamonga
    Marissa Soria - Metztli Counseling - Upland

    We at IE-CAMFT thank them for their willingness to open a dialogue around this sensitive, important, and timely subject. Together they gave us tools to continue this dialogue in our local communities.

    Our next presentation on September 25th, from 9:00am-3:30pm will be “Suicide Risk Assessment & Intervention,” facilitated by Judy McGehee, LMFT and Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT. Since the passage of Assembly Bill 1436, it is important for us to remain educated on this subject matter.

    View an interview with our presenters:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYbFnhX3uN8. 

    This will give a brief snippet of our upcoming six hour training. We look forward to seeing you at this event. We are limiting our event to 100 participants, so recommend that you sign up as soon as possible.  

    Visit our event page to learn more about this important presentation.

    IE-CAMFT is not only here to offer education, but also to allow us to network among our peers. We invite you to come early to our events and get to know those joining you at each training.  

    We are also looking for volunteers and potential community and future board members. If you are interested, please contact us as ie-camft@gmail.com.  As a member of this board for a number of years, I have found it to be an invaluable experience, and we hope that you too would consider this as a positive season in your life.

    Thank you for continuing to support IE-CAMFT! You can help us by sharing our trainings with your peers. We look forward to seeing you soon!

    Best to you all,

    Carol Rose Adkisson M.A. LMFT MFC #83484
    IE-CAMFT Board President
    CEO/Founder
    The Trauma and Healing Foundation
  • 17 Sep 2020 7:54 PM | Nancy Orr (Administrator)

    Can you believe that school is starting for many school districts? The start of a new school year was always fun and exciting for me as a child. I always got a few new outfits, a new pair of shoes and a new jacket. Then the best part was my dad taking me to Sav-on (yes, I am that old), and we would purchase my new school supplies. I can even remember the smell of the freshly sharpened pencils that I proudly put into the pencil pouch in my new notebook. However, our world has changed dramatically since then, and this year most kids will remain at home doing some version on distance learning. We know from the current global research not really surprising thorough that this pandemic is affecting our mental health in many negative ways. In our offices, we are likely seeing more people with depression, anxiety, and stress. One study conducted by Mcginty, Presskreischer, and Han from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in April 2020 found that young US adults ages (18-29) had the highest psychological distress at 24% higher than compared to the same group in 2018. Additionally, 13.8% of all US adults reported they always or often felt lonely. 

    I am sure that these results are not overly surprising to you. It is apparent we have community health concerns throughout the world. That also means that our communities are also reaching out more to therapists, and in turn, we must be even more diligent about our self-care and boundaries. It seems that this pandemic is not going away anytime soon, and therefore keeping a consistent schedule, watching out for excessiveness, i.e., eating, gambling, drinking, seeking consultation as needed, and maintaining friendships both personally and professionally is an absolute must. If you haven’t heard from a friend or colleague for a while, reach out to say hi. We all need a bit of encouragement from time to time. We will get through this as other generations have gotten through their trials and tribulations of their time. 

    Until next time, be well!

    Sherry Shockey-Pope
    IE-CAMFT Secretary     

  • 25 Jul 2020 10:08 AM | Carol Adkisson (Administrator)

    As the world is changing, IE-CAMFT is too! Flexibility is so important during these changing times.

    First of all I would like to inform you of a change on our board. Unfortunately Carol Bouldin has chosen to resign from her position as web mistress and President-Elect. We wish her well and look forward to seeing her soon.

    With that said, this has left us with a great need for volunteers to step and support this growing board. In fact this current training next week is the biggest training that we have hosted by far. We as a board are asking for you to consider volunteering with our growing organization. Please consider where you can help and support us. We will be having a board meeting as usual after our training. Please make one of the board members aware of your desire to join our meeting and we will supply you with the Zoom link.

    Second, we are launching a new networking option for our members. Although our trainings launch at 9 AM, please feel free to login at 8:30 AM. Our Relationship component of our trainings remains paramount. Turn on your chat feature, and begin to connect. Get to know your fellow clinicians, introduce yourself. Don't forget to bring your coffee, tea, etc.

    As a board, our plan is to continue to offer you relevant and unique trainings to augment your education. Let me reiterate the benefits that you receive as a member of IE-CAMFT.

    1.2- Unit Education Seminars - 10 per year; 2. Reduced fee for our annual Law and Ethics seminar; 3. Free classified ads on our website and also in our monthly ad bulletin; 4. Networking opportunities with fellow clinicians; 5. Public online Therapist Directory; 6. Members only area on our website that includes expanded information seminars.

    Thank you Holli Kenley for your training on Breaking Through Betrayal During Covid-19 in May, not only was your training very informative it was also thought provoking. 

    Virtual Trainings are becoming more normalized all of the time. With that said this process is made as simple as possible. Taking part in the training from the comfort of your home and/or office takes the logistical problem solving out of the mix.

    Please do sign in early, 8:30am to network would be great. Remember that to receive your CEU's, you must be present until the end. CEU time requirements are in place. Further during this training Lisa Larson would like your camera on, as this treatment is so relational in nature, as you will see throughout her training.

    Also, you need to complete the seminar evaluation form in order to get your certificate. The certificates are emailed in batches, the the earlier you complete yours, the sooner you will receive it, as most people submit theirs right after the seminar.

    Finally, we hope you enjoy your training, we look forward to reading your comments, your feedback offers us the opportunity to give you a seamless virtual experience.

    Reminder, stay safe and remember self-care remains prominent for clinicians. The need for mental health is at an all-time high.

    Carol Rose Adkisson

    IE-CAMFT President

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