AT OUR LAST MEETING . . .
February 26, 2015 Presentation
Using the Language of the Law to “Salt & Pepper” Your Treatment Records (6 hours)
Dave Jensen, J. D.
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.
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.
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
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
Completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the
training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed
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)
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.
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
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IE CAMFT 2015-2016 Board of Directors
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.
February Featured Event
At Our Last Meeting
Welcome New Members!
Help Me Help Her: A Presentation Supporting Providers Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence
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.
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.
learned important assessment tools to incorporate into their practice
in order to identify the presence of trauma related to domestic violence
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
were offered ways that they can make their office/practice a safer and
more compassionate space for those clients who are survivors of domestic
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
Share Your Expert Knowledge and Commitment
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” (www.helpareporter.com).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 @ Sherry@CentralCounselingServices.net.
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
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Creating a Safe Space for LGBT Clients - April 22, 2016
Emotional Transformation Therapy - May 27, 2016