Second Authors' Gathering

04 Sep 2018 4:25 PM | Carol A. Bouldin (Administrator)


Sept 28, 2018 – 8:30 am – 12 pm

Where: 1898 Business Center Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408

Who to expect?

Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW will be promoting three books:

“Your Own Path Through Grief,” a workbook for your journey to recovery

“Someone is sick, how do I say goodbye?”

“Someone I love just died- what happens now?”

The workbook is a solution-focused approach to recovery from grief, and can be used immediately after a death or much later. It is designed to be usable in the setting of a group, with a therapist, or independently.

The other two are children's books, and were written to prepare children for a coming death in realistic terms, and for what happens in funerals, cremations, and touches on the grief process. Both books have a section in the back for adults to help them use the right words in teaching children about loss, and the second book has child-friendly definitions of terms used in the book.

She will also have “Your Path Through Grief,” a year-long process for grievers available.

Stefanie Sherbon, LMFT will be promoting her therapeutic game ‘Owl Pal’ for abused children.

Brief Description:

Owl Pal Truth is a “True, False, or Dare” therapeutic game for children, who have experienced abuse. Instead of keeping abuse a secret, children get to uncover the truth about themselves and what happened to them. It was designed for professionals, such as: therapists, play therapists, school counselors, social workers, and psychologists to use with clients to help empower them. This fun, interactive game aims to help children process the abuse, reduce negative beliefs and feelings of guilt, increase their sense of worth, and build a positive self-image.

Lori Orr Kovach will be promoting her book: ‘Burned: Pyromania, Murder, and A Daughter's Nightmare’ (By: Frank C. Girardot Jr. with Lori Orr Kovach)

For years Lori Orr believed her Los Angeles firefighter dad was a selfless hero. When Lori’s dad was arrested and charged with four murders and countless arson fires, it was her testimony that helped keep him from being sent to Death Row. Eventually, Lori’s search for the truth led her to the dark secrets lurking in her family’s past and to an inescapable conclusion about the remorseless killer and arsonist known as the "Pillowcase Pyro" and his reign of terror in sunny Southern California.

Holli Kenley, M.A., MFT will display her books and programs including:

Power Down & Parent Up:  Cyber Bullying, Screen Dependence & Raising Tech-Healthy Children” providing parents/guardians with effective strategies to integrate into their lives and their children’s.

Daughters Betrayed By Their Mothers: Moving From Brokenness To Wholeness” providing audiences with an intimate exploration into the lives of females who chose wellness over victimhood.

“Breaking Through Betrayal: And Recovering The Peace Within” 2nd Edition” offering readers a comprehensive healing journey for breaking free from any kind of betrayal injury.

Patrick Poor, LMFT will be informing people about Trauma Conversion Therapy, and offering 4 free CEUs to any therapist who watches 2 videos of presentations he did on treating PTSD as a Dissociative Disorder.

Dr. Bill Shearer, will be promoting his book, Mindful Choices for Well-Being

Brief Description: This book is an excellent resource for therapists and life coaches as it allows for systematic and individualized treatment and growth toward well-being. It also works well in group therapy and he has been conducting a Mindful Choices for Well-Being therapy group for several years.

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

Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT is Founder of Therapist Practice in a Box design to help graduate students, newly licensed practitioners, or anyone that 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.

Carol Adkisson, LMFT : 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 her relationship with food negatively affected every aspect of her life. The workbook/journal brings the reader face-to-face with how s/he uses food to mask her/his emotional brokenness.

Debra Walker, Ph.D. will be promoting her book entitled “His History, Her Story”. It is the first book to explore the impact of male childhood sexual abuse on adult relationships. Aimed at helping both the partners of trauma survivors and mental health professionals, the book is written from the unique perspective of Dr. Debra Warner, the leading American forensic psychologist in the field of male trauma who is married to a trauma survivor. Dr. Warner, who is one of few women specializing in male trauma shares both her story and her husband’s as they make the journey to healing and recovery. Using the wisdom gained from her personal and professional experience, she provides hands-on direction as both wife and forensic psychologist to help survivors and their partners lead the rich and fulfilling relationships that they deserve.

For mental health professionals, this book represents a groundbreaking resource that explores in detail the phenomenon of male trauma and related issues. It contains the largest compilation of papers by leading psychologists and professionals working in the field of male trauma and relationships.

Traci Lowenthal, Psy.D.: will be promoting her book: Working with Transgender and Gender-Expansive Clients: A Foundational Guide for Therapists.

Clinical therapists and mental health providers who care for transgender and gender-expansive clients must be more than merely tolerant, more than LGBTQIA+ “friendly.” To be truly affirming of expansive people, providers must be knowledgeable and continuously expanding that knowledge as the communities evolve and expand.   This book offers insights and up-to-date practical advice for clinical therapists and mental health providers contemplating care for transgender and gender-expansive clients.

Tyra Butler, LMFT

"How to Start and Grow Your Pre-Licensed Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide to Hit the Ground Running" is a new, online course to give early career therapists an edge to get into private practice, ethically and legally. You'll end up with an established practice that can sustain you throughout pre-licensure and beyond!

It includes:

-The top 10 benefits of starting a practice now rather than waiting until you're licensed

-How to move past the intimidation and anxiety surrounding getting into a private practice

-How to find a supervisor, with secrets to accelerate the process and land an ideal supervisor, including how to negotiate the best financial and overall arrangement to maximize earning potential

-What you need to know about the business side of private practice and your responsibilities versus your supervisor’s

-How to get clients and create a referral generation system

-How to effectively guide the first sessions so you can keep clients and increase your retention rates

The goal is to get you established and on your way to having a successful, thriving practice that sustains you financially and fits with the rest of your life, and so you can take care of yourself and your family, and not feel burned out or overworked. Tyra Butler is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who started and grew a successful practice while pre-licensed. She's grown practices in two cities and teaches others how to do it as well. Sign up on the waitlist (

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