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  December 2014

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

December 19, 2014 Holiday Party!

Come Join Us for a Holiday Celebration!

Event: Healthcare Reform and Insurance: What EVERY Therapist Should Know
Event: Healthcare Reform and Insurance: What EVERY Therapist Should Know
Healthcare Reform and Insurance: What EVERY Therapist Should Know

This issue:

  December Featured Event

  At Our Last Meeting

We Need a President-Elect!

  President's Message

 Upcoming Events

Healthcare Reform and Insurance: What EVERY Therapist Should Know, with Barbara Griswold

This entertaining presentation addressed what EVERY therapist should know about insurance, especially in light of the sweeping changes going on right now with healthcare reform, recent parity laws, a new claim form, and changing diagnosis codes.  Even if you never sign a plan contract, what you don't know can hurt you and your clients, so it is important to be informed in this ever-changing arena.In this economy, clients need therapists who accept their insurance, and insurance clients can fill your empty therapy slots.  But must working with insurance mean fee discounts, limited sessions, mountainous paperwork, and compromising confidentiality?


From this workshop, we learned:

  • An overview of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for clients – and you
  • How to turn first-time callers into new clients – even if you aren’t on their health plan.
  • The 12 Crucial Questions to ask when checking coverage to avoid denials
  • The tricks for writing successful treatment requests (Medical Necessity Criteria)
  • The pros and cons as well as the myths and realities of participation
  • How to join insurance plans, and how to get on even if they are “full”

For more information, go to our Seminar Information & Discussion on the website.


WE NEED A PRESIDENT-ELECT!  Anyone who is interested, please let us know


President's Message


This is that time of year when “Let there be peace on earth and goodwill towards all people," is posted everywhere and is repeated in our music.  We as therapists know as hard as achieving world peace can be, personal peace can be as much a challenge.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is one of the diagnoses that can greatly undermine attempts at peace. Depending on a person’s source of comfort, whether it be God, family, or a belief in a higher power, unless there is education on the dynamics of PTSD, the person feels unable to control the fear or to feel grounded.

I have done work in churches in Rwanda, Africa, after the genocide.   A common theme repeated itself which churches who were trying to help orphans found confusing.  Orphans who were considered stable emotionally became reactive upon adoption.  These children who had been through so much and had witnessed horrific violence, had found a place of peace but it seemed that the war lived on inside them.   After adoption into a peaceful family setting, they began to be instigators of crisis.  It was necessary to educate the church and the orphans on the dynamic of how someone with PTSD develops behaviors that get them through the trauma.  They were not prepared for the peace which created fear as it provides no distractions to keep them from imagining when the next crisis will happen. So in their overwhelming anxiety, they create a crisis themselves because they know how to survive in crisis.

For our clients, we can be that place of education, teaching these dynamics and normalizing their thoughts and reactions.  Where there is understanding, the journey to peace begins.   

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and personal peace!  

And praying for Peace on Earth,

Janine Murray, MFT

President, Inland-Empire CAMFT

Upcoming Events:

Short-Term Youth Trauma Tx/CAMFT Update with Laura Strom - January 30th, 2015

Law & Ethics V with David Jensen - February 27th, 2015

Worries, No More!: The Design of a Little Helper with Mercedes Borrayos - March 27, 2015


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