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  February 2016

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter

February 26, 2015 Presentation

Using the Language of the Law to “Salt & Pepper” Your Treatment Records (6 hours)

Dave Jensen, J. D.


Many clinicians struggle with the content of their treatment records. They wonder should I write a lot? Should I write a little? What really needs to be in my records? In this six-hour course, CAMFT Staff Attorney, Dave Jensen, JD, will review fundamental aspects of recordkeeping.

Learning Objectives

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Explain the “building blocks” of the BBS’s law regarding recordkeeping.
  • Identify mistakes made by colleagues in the area of recordkeeping.
  • State the core subject areas of a treatment record.
  • Compare/contrast recordkeeping requirements of the public and private mental health systems.
  • Identify key legal terms that should “salt and pepper” your records, treatment or otherwise.
  • Describe the “D-A-V-E Way” of keeping records.

Dave Jensen has been a Staff Attorney with CAMFT since April 2002. He was born in Flint, Michigan, but was raised in Tustin, California. Dave graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History, and he received his law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. Dave passed the California bar examination in February 1999, and he did it on his first try! Before joining CAMFT, Dave worked for Foley & Lardner, a large national law firm, where he regularly established and advised nonprofit organizations. As an attorney with CAMFT, he consults with its members regarding their legal and ethical dilemmas, and he is a regular contributor to The Therapist magazine.  Dave gives numerous law and ethics presentations to chapters, schools, and agencies, and his popular What Does the Law Expect of Me? series, which includes Parts I, II, III, and IV, have helped therapists to better understand their legal and ethical obligations.


Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT is a CAMFT Approved CEU Provider Agency  Provider # 62278

CEU Hours: This course meets the qualifications for 6 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



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IE CAMFT 2015-2016 Board of Directors

We still have open board positions!  We need a President-Elect and a CEU Coordinator--please join our board and help the chapter! Contact any member of the board if you are interested.

This issue:

February Featured Event


  At Our Last Meeting

  Welcome New Members!

  President's Message

 Upcoming Events

Help Me Help Her: A Presentation Supporting Providers Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence

Jessica Yaffa

Jessica began this powerful presentation by sharing her personal story, including parts of her own therapeutic experiences that were both helpful and hurtful in her healing process. She then transitioned into discussing the work she does today, and how her interactions with thousands of survivors around the globe has shaped presentations such as these. Ms.Yaffa shared her expertise surrounding appropriate and thorough assessment, cultural considerations, creating safe spaces, effective approaches in treatment pertaining to this particular population, and building our resources. Ms.Yaffa created a presentation that ensured all participants left feeling inspired, encouraged, motivated, and eager to join the movement targeting the elimination of stigma related to domestic violence worldwide.


  • Participants learned important assessment tools to incorporate into their practice in order to identify the presence of trauma related to domestic violence
  • Participants learned how their clients' cultural/religious beliefs and experiences affect the way risk assessment, safety planning, relationship goals, and her overall therapeutic experience progress are conducted
  • Participants were offered ways that they can make their office/practice a safer and more compassionate space for those clients who are survivors of domestic violence
Jessica Yaffa is a survivor of extreme domestic violence who has transformed a set of very traumatic circumstances into a triumphant story. Ms. Yaffa is the founder and leader of H.E.A.L.I.N.G., the first domestic violence ministry in San Diego, which has served over 6,000 men, women, and children since its inception over seven years ago. In addition, Jessica has also co-founded a non-profit organization titled No Silence No Violence, Inc. committed to providing education, training, resources, and community development in order to eliminate stigma surrounding relationship abuse and sexual assault, while creating awareness, shifting perspectives, and creating change around the way we talk about domestic violence, as well as addressing the needs of those affected by this epidemic. Ms. Yaffa recently published her memoir "Mine Until:  My Journey Into and Out of the Arms of an Abuser" and a workbook for therapists’ entitled: "Help Me, Help Her; A Therapist’s Guide to Treating Survivors of Domestic Violence." Ms. Yaffa travels the country speaking at universities, hospitals, corporations, and nonprofit organizations sharing her commitment to ultimately inspire a movement to end abuse globally.

For more information on the presentation, including a Power Point you can download, chapter members can go to the "Members Only" pages on the website at:  IE-CAMFT

Welcome New Members!

Jean Barefield, Debra Fite, and Latricea Woods


President's Message

Share Your Expert Knowledge and Commitment

Have you ever considered sharing your expert knowledge with others? Yes, you! I know that sometimes self-doubt and our continued need to learn and grow actually keeps us from sharing what we do know. We all have specialties, niche markets, tricks of the trade that work well with our clients and may not be listed on the pages of therapy books.  I would like to encourage you to share that information with others. Have you heard of HARO? It stands for “Help a Reporter Out” (

All you need to do is sign up and each day they send you two emails with inquiries about topics.  Some of the subjects will not be of interest but usually there are two to three possible inquires that would be perfect for a therapist to share knowledge. If you respond, make the process as easy as possible for the reporter. Do not say I have knowledge about marriage counseling for example, but actually respond to the questions thoroughly in your email to the reporter and be sure to give your contact information.

This is a great way for a therapist to develop a voice and social credentials and increase your client caseloads. It can take a while for your information to appear in print or for you to “be selected”. I personally know of a therapist that responded for one article and the reporter used her information 6 months later in a different article. Even if you do not get selected right away the exercise of finding your voice in writing is so valuable for all therapists, including you interns, yes you too, are experts and have great value for the public. Let’s hear from you too!

I am delighted to share that this chapter now has a 3000 club. We kicked off the first meeting Saturday January 30th at Dr. Catherine Wheeler’s office with 14 attendees. The group detailed their wants and needs; speaker topics were requested, small group discussions were had, networking was initiated, and a private Facebook page was developed. These interns are a wonderful, smart and enthusiastic group of up-and-coming therapists and I was so impressed with their passion and commitment within the field.

This group will be meeting monthly (the last Saturday of each month)   and the next one will be held in my office in Riverside on February 27th from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM. Address: Central Counseling Services: 6840 Indiana Ave. Ste. 275, Riverside 92506.  All interns and associates are welcome. Please call (951) 778-0230 if you have any questions.

Lastly, I wanted to let you know that I have received two phone calls from people in the community that are continuing to deal the aftermath of the San Bernardino shootings. These people have already gone through 4 days of crisis intervention groups with therapists but are they are still having difficulties. I was able to connect them with wonderful and caring therapists for 3 free sessions. I am still gathering a list of therapists for this service to our community.

If you haven’t submitted your information please do so directly to me @ Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and your specialty please. Or email me if you have any questions or concerns.  

Hope to see you all at this month’s Law and Ethic’s Seminar with Dave Jensen.

Until next time,


Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT

IE-CAMFT President

Upcoming Events:

The BBS, Supervisees, and You: What You Need to Know About Changes to the Requirements - March 25, 2016

Creating a Safe Space for LGBT Clients - April 22, 2016

Emotional Transformation Therapy - May 27, 2016



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