Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT


IE-CAMFT NEWSLETTER

July 2020

July 24th Featured Event

This is a Zoom event*

 “Introduction to Brainspotting: Trauma Therapy that Works!”

Lisa Larson, LMFT

"Brainspotting" is a powerful, brain-based trauma therapy that accesses the deepest regions of the brain where clients store their traumatic experiences and survival terror. This access to the limbic system and brainstem allows deep transformation to occur. It works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional and body pain, trauma, dissociation, terror, flashbacks, panic, and other challenging symptoms. Symptoms of unprocessed trauma, which include chronic anxiety, insomnia, and numbing, are notoriously difficult to eliminate through talk therapy. This is because the brain becomes overwhelmed and is unable to process verbal information about the traumatic events.

"Brainspotting" was voted the most effective trauma treatment by the parents and survivors of the Sandy Hook massacre after a five-year study by the Sandy Hook Foundation comparing over 25 therapeutic modalities. The parents rated it first in its effectiveness in treating the traumatic loss of their young children. This presentation teaches participants to metrically measure the efficacy of each session with their clients so it is very clear if the client is benefiting from the treatment. It also will help the attendees stay abreast of the most recent brain-based breakthroughs in treating clients with PTSD. This presentation underscores principles of complete non-judgment and compassion for each and every client. It also encourages the therapist to follow the client, rather than lead.

 Presentation Outline:

 1.     What is a "Brainspot" and how is it able to rapidly calm the neurophysiology of the client?

2.     What are the most common symptoms of clients with unresolved Trauma?

3.     The scientific evidence of the efficacy of Brainspotting.

4.     How Brainspotting was discovered by a top EMDR Trainer, Dr. David Grand.

5.     Why Talk Therapy is ineffective in healing the survival terror held in the limbic system (flight or fight) and brain stem (numb/freeze) of our traumatized clients.

6.     Outline of the steps involved in a Brainspotting session.

7.      A live demonstration of Brainspotting.

8.     Questions and answers

 

 Objectives:

1. Understand the core components of Brainspotting including how to apply Brainspotting to Trauma, Dissociation, Anxiety, Performance Anxiety, Somatic Conditions, Addiction and Self Loathing.

 2. Learn the theories and practice of Brainspotting through a live demonstration.

 3. To clearly be able to explain why talk therapy is so effective for some conditions, but so notoriously ineffective for treating PTSD and unresolved trauma.

 4. Understand the neuroscience that allows Brainspotting to resolve long-standing trauma symptoms.

5. List the core symptoms of undischarged trauma in the body.

The board does not want to exclude anybody who wants to attend this next training and is actively working to implement the best solution to include all that are interested in attending.

Interview with Lisa on our Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sstQxYVaqvw&t=5s

This issue:

July Featured Event is a ZOOM event*

Announcements

President's Message

Welcome New and Renewing Members!

At Our Last Meeting

Upcoming Events

Announcements

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we will be offering our courses online through Zoom rather than in person until further notice in order to minimize any potential spread of the corona virus through social contact. 

The invitations to join the seminars will be sent to registrants a few days ahead of the seminars. Please download Zoom ahead of time; you may access the seminar by either clicking the link or clicking on the Zoom app, selecting "Go to meeting" and then entering the meeting ID you will receive in your reminder email.  It will prompt you to enter a password, which is included with the link.

*Disclaimer re Zoom:  We understand that using new technology is a challenge, and recognize that offering educational events through an online service such as Zoom presents a major change in the delivery of our seminars.  If the seminar is interrupted due to any technological issue on our end, we will either issue credit for a similar future seminar or refund the seminar fee.

We wish to make our attendees aware that while we acknowledge that it may present a challenge for some participants, IE-CAMFT is not responsible for any difficulty registrants may encounter getting online due to slow Internet speeds, high traffic, losing connectivity, downloading the application, etc.  As a CEU provider, we must abide by the guidelines of CAMFT as required by the BBS and, accordingly, cannot issue CEU credit if seminar registrants are not online for the full seminar time.  Thank you for your understanding. 

 President's Message: Carol Rose Adkisson

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 up 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 9am.  Please feel free to login at 8:30am.  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 on 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 Training's are becoming more normalized all of the time.  With that said this process is made as simple as possible.  Taking part in the trainee from the comfort of your home and/or office takes the logistical problem solving out of the mix.  

 Please do sign in early, 8:30 am 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, 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. “

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

 


Welcome New and Returning Members!

Jack Gershfeld,  Crystal Folk, Muriel Casamayor, Roberta Reid, Krystle Rowe 

Thank you for renewing!

Linda Salladin, Tino Rodriguez, Carolyn Howell,Tamson Overholtzer, Catherine Alix, Antonia Allison, Ramona Carver, Catherine Hayes, Nate Conklin 

Renewal Reminders Layla Subhani, Leticia Brice, Barbara Tucker Windeknecht, Brandon Mansouri, Margaret Wild, Carol Teitelbaum, Norma Jasso, Melissa Sanders, Margaret Wild, Cecilia Fabris,  Patricia Sellers, Mariana Rodriguez, William Shearer, AmyLynn Dimaano, Kimberly Salyer, Tina Gonzalez, Vanessa Quintana, Judy Kelly

At Our Last Meeting:

Breaking Through Betrayal During Covid-19

Holli Kenley, LMFT

 Click to watch an Interview with Holli Kenley

When we think of betrayal, most of us associate it with our personal relationships. However, with our lives changing at a more rapid and unstable pace accompanied by a myriad of ensuing injuries and injustices precipitated or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, people are feeling betrayed on all levels: financially, legally, professionally, relationally, politically, spiritually, etc.  While some individuals are able to bounce back rather quickly, many more struggle with the paralyzing effects of betrayal and are not able to move forward.

What I am proposing is innovative and inclusive. In my work as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I specialized in the areas of abuse, trauma, addiction, grief and loss. Although there are many valuable interventions that bring effective healing and growth for our clients struggling with these issues, I often felt as though I was missing something.  Also, I consistently felt challenged by the different kinds of betrayal that my clients were experiencing, and I felt frustrated by the ineffectiveness of both the knowledge and tools available to address betrayal injury. What I have come to learn is that betrayal injury is unique: it is often buried beneath a myriad of other presenting disorders/symptoms; it is frequently missed and dismissed; and left unattended, it continues to manifest with increasing destructiveness and devastation.

After spending several years observing clients, analyzing case studies, and synthesizing qualitative data, I have brought together a new perspective on betrayal and a recovery program tailored specifically for injury from betrayal, of any kind. 

Theory of Practice

In addressing recovery from betrayal injury, given the initial work of Breaking through the Betrayal, I will incorporate a blend of two theoretical approaches in its assessment and intervention.

•1.       Client- Centered Therapy:   In working with all kinds of betrayal, it is vital to establish trust and rapport, join with the client, establish unconditional positive regard, and remain open. Following the client’s pace is critical in working through the three States of Being and in navigating their levels of exposure to their betrayers and/or their betrayal environments.

2.       Cognitive –Behavioral Therapy:  Cognitive – Behavioral Therapy is an important methodology to utilize in unhooking negative or destructive underlying assumptions and beliefs associated with the three States of Being, and in establishing or redefining new truths or beliefs. Cognitive-Behavioral exercises are also an integral part of addressing triggers, releasing of emotions, boundary setting, and beginning the process of reclaiming one’s truths and righting one’s self.What I am proposing is innovative and inclusive. In my work as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I specialized in the areas of abuse, trauma, addiction, grief and loss. Although there are many valuable interventions that bring effective healing and growth for our clients struggling with these issues, I often felt as though I was missing something.  Also, I consistently felt challenged by the different kinds of betrayal that my clients were experiencing, and I felt frustrated by the ineffectiveness of both the knowledge and tools available to address betrayal injury. What I have come to learn is that betrayal injury is unique: it is often buried beneath a myriad of other presenting disorders/symptoms; it is frequently missed and dismissed; and left unattended, it continues to manifest with increasing destructiveness and devastation.

After spending several years observing clients, analyzing case studies, and synthesizing qualitative data, I have brought together a new perspective on betrayal and a recovery program tailored specifically for injury from betrayal, of any kind. 

Theory of Practice

In addressing recovery from betrayal injury, given the initial work of Breaking through the Betrayal, I will incorporate a blend of two theoretical approaches in its assessment and intervention.

1.       Client- Centered Therapy:   In working with all kinds of betrayal, it is vital to establish trust and rapport, join with the client, establish unconditional positive regard, and remain open. Following the client’s pace is critical in working through the three States of Being and in navigating their levels of exposure to their betrayers and/or their betrayal environments.

2.       Cognitive –Behavioral Therapy:  Cognitive – Behavioral Therapy is an important methodology to utilize in unhooking negative or destructive underlying assumptions and beliefs associated with the three States of Being, and in establishing or redefining new truths or beliefs. Cognitive-Behavioral exercises are also an integral part of addressing triggers, releasing of emotions, boundary setting, and beginning the process of reclaiming one’s truths and righting one’s self.

Program Description

What is betrayal? When our clients say, “I feel so betrayed,” what are they feeling and why? And how long and to what degree will they feel this way and why? Based on client observation, case analysis, and qualitative data, the “Breaking through Betrayal” workshop will introduce participants to a new perspective on betrayal examining it as a singular issue. At the same time, participants will be challenged to widen their therapeutic lens, viewing “betrayal” as a universal experience by comprehensively examining its connotations and applications into our lives. In addition, although “betrayal” may be the presenting issue, it is frequently embedded within other presenting disorders such as depression, addiction, grief/loss, and anxiety and is exacerbated by behaviors such as codependency. The “Breaking through Betrayal” workshop will offer participants new thinking into “betrayal’s” anatomy, facilitating 1) understanding degree of injury, 2) assessment of presenting symptoms/ manifestations, and 3) implementation of effective interventions.

Goal and Learning Objectives:

Goal: To present a new perspective on the issue of betrayal allowing for more effective assessment, intervention, and treatment of betrayal injury.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1.       Describe three distinct explanations of betrayal and apply them to a myriad of examples in client experiences.
  • 2.       Discuss at least one definition of betrayal’s States of Being; Name and explain the three States of Being – Confusion, Worthlessness, and Powerlessness; identify four of their respective manifestations and symptoms; discuss two effective interventions for each.
  • 3.       Recognize that through an analysis of betrayal’s anatomy, participants will be able to articulate the two principles of degree: degree of investment, trust, or belief and degree of occurrence and explain four ways in which each principle is related to symptom duration and severity.  
  • 4.       Describe a person’s relationships with betrayal presentations; and discuss four effective treatment implications, especially in regard to grief and co-dependency.


Bio:  Holli Kenley is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a California State Licensed Teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. She has worked in a variety of settings: a women’s shelter, a counseling center, and in private practice. Holli’s areas of specialized training and experience include sexual abuse and trauma, betrayal, codependency, cyber bullying, and screen addiction. Holli maintains a private practice in Rancho Mirage.

 Holli Kenley is the author of nine recovery books including:

  • ·         Daughters Betrayed By Their Mothers: Moving From Brokenness To Wholeness
  • ·         Second Edition of Breaking Through Betrayal: And Recovering The Peace Within  
  • ·         Power Down & Parent Up: Cyber Bullying, Screen Dependence & Raising Tech- Healthy Children
  • ·         Holli is also a contributing Wellness Editor for CLEAR Life Magazine.

Holli Kenley also works in the field of psychology as an author and a workshop presenter. She has been a six-time peer presenter at CAMFT’s Annual  State Conferences and a featured or keynote speaker at college level clinical programs, state and national advocacy organizations, and educational institutions speaking on the topics of bullying, cyber bullying, betrayal, relapse, screen dependency, sexual abuse recovery, and the power of self-worth.  Holli has been a guest on over 100 podcasts as well as on Arizona TV speaking on issues of wellness. Prior to and during her career as a therapist, Holli taught for thirty years in public education.

 Holli will be presenting at CAMFT’s 2020 Annual Conference speaking on “Technology: A Clearer Vision.” 

Interview with Holli Kenley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfU-nkvMhh4

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

Upcoming Events:


Therapy Amidst Chaos; The Role of a Therapist in 2020 and beyond.

Group Presentations:

Anthony Carson, LMFT

Jamie Nelson, LMFT

Nicole Serrano, LMFT

Marissa Soria, LCSW

August 28, 2020


Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention.

Sherry Shockey-Pope September 25th, 2020.

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