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September 2019

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter


September 27, 2019

Decoding Teens

Jamie Roberts Nelson, LMFT

Life. Is. Rough. Teens are great at being in the here-and-now. So much so that they tend not imagine life past This. Very. Moment. Being a teenage is like walking a tight rope between childhood and being an adult. They know everything, yet they know nothing. Being able to meet this particular client right where they are means that we are connecting to our own experience as teens, which for many of us was not a pleasant time. In this session we will explore strategies for how to connect with a teen client, engage them in the therapy process and provide understanding during a time when “no one understands.” Additionally, we will discuss insights that will help parents and teens feel more connected.  With a type of stealth therapy, we will explore strategies to help the next generation through an identity-building transition.


1.      You will learn key elements of gaining buy-in from teen clients.

2.      You will learn strategies for maintaining flexible boundaries while working with teens and their parents.

3.     You will learn to increase your awareness of the unique existence that is the iGeneration.

4.      You will learn how to incorporate interactive participation and stealth therapy.


Jamie R. Nelson M.A. LMFT is a strength-based therapist based in Rancho Cucamonga. She has been working with teens since 2012, in a school based program, to a community clinic, in a group practice and just took the leap into private practice by opening Equilibrium Counseling Services.  Jamie has presented to parents at local high schools as well as learning centers for neurodivergent students. She currently facilitates a teen group for high school age and a #Adulting group for young adults.  Her professional motto is “Be the person you needed when you were younger” -

Ayesha Siddiqi

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For a preview of the seminar, watch the Interview with Jamie R. Nelson, LMFT and subscribe to the IE-CAMFT You Tube channel for more interviews of upcoming seminar presenters!

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

CEU Hours: This course meets the qualifications for 2 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

Presenter Non-Appearance Policy

In the unlikely event that a scheduled presenter does not appear for a scheduled event, the following steps will be used to remediate inconvenience to attendees:

An announcement will be made to inform everyone that CEU credits cannot be provided due to inability to meet CAMFT standards for advance notice, etc.

The meeting will be held.  Attendees will be encouraged to participate for the purpose of professional development.

If an attendee has paid for the seminar, s/he will receive either a full refund or credit for a future presentation.

If the topic will be repeated at a later time, notice of the date and time will be provided to all interested parties.



  • Our membership rates and seminar fees are going up next month on October 1, so renew now to take advantage of our present rates.  Your renewal date does not change if you renew ahead of time, so if you just renewed in August, e.g., you could renew again and your membership renewal wouldn't be due until August 2021!

  • Bylaws Revision vote September 27th -  We are revising the bylaws to reflect an update in annual meeting, Past President duties, and changes in board nomination procedures and will submit it to the chapter members for a vote at the September meeting.  See News section of website for details.

  • Book Exchange:  At the Writers' Gathering in October, attendees may bring gently-used books to swap with other therapists.
  • Our Webmistress has been working hard on moving towards automating the seminar evaluations and certificates and we will be trying out the new system this month to see how it functions. There may be some bugs to work out so please be patient, but we are confident this will improve the efficiency of our seminars and help us go Green!

This issue:  

September Featured Event



Welcome New and Renewing Members!                       


At our Last Meeting           

President's Message

Upcoming Events


Welcome New and Returning Members!

Tosha Owens, SuzanneBecker, Xochitl Perez, Nayra Garcia, Omar González-Valentino, Luz Wise, BeverlyPascua, Kimberly Lennon

Thank you for renewing!

Jennifer Teresa Taglieri,Smita Kapoor, Alicia McCleod, Monica Thirant, Keyvan Geula, Celena Mendez,Jennifer Peau, Adina Silva

Renewal Reminders

Ryan Voth, Verlynn Pruehs,Jay Burke, Tina Gonzalez, Janetta Peltz, Montsho Gallon, Catherine Caporale,Richard Robbins, Ronena Summers, Tricia Kaiser, Shelley Daub, Regina (GINA)Holmes

It is YOU the members who keep our chapter going!  If your membership is up for renewal please complete the renewal process as soon as possible--your membership is the backbone of our organization and what allows us to keep offering great seminars and CEUs, the Therapist Directory, Membership Directory, and more.  Thank you! :)


At Our Last Meeting . . . 

Music Therapy: A Binaural Frontier

The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM)

AmyLynn Dimaano, MT-BC, CADC-II 

This presentation included interactive demonstration and explanation detailing what clinical Music Therapy is and why it’s effective as an adjunct to conventional methodology.  This included: Binaural foundations of how the human brain processes music and why this helps people in the therapeutic process of change. More specifically,  delineation of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), a specialty within the field of Music Therapy, its origins, research and efficacy for patients that are not finding success with traditional therapy. Particularly efficacious for treating trauma, grief, addictions and Depression, the Bonny Method is an imagery and music based therapeutic process that allows the patient to have an interactive experience in the treatment session itself. It can reveal previously untapped personal wisdom from the unconscious that often empowers the client outside the treatment setting to feel and behave differently.

Additionally, this presentation will address how “music IN therapy” can be used by clinicians to enhance other forms of therapy, safely, within their scope of practice.


1.  Understand the binaural foundations of Music Therapy in any context (includes individual and group settings)  

2.  Comprehensively  understand clinical Music Therapy as an adjunct therapy in Mental Health, specifically when to refer to a Music Therapist

3.  Basic foundations of what the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery (GIM) is as a treatment modality

4. How to use music IN therapy as a traditional therapy clinician, within your scope of practice, safe interventions


AmyLynn Dimaano is a Board Certified Music Therapist, California State Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor, and is currently in the advanced level of training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music protocol. AmyLynn has been practicing as a Board Certified Music Therapist since 2008 in the fields of Mental Health, Addiction, and Eating Disorders. She has been employed at various levels of care including residential treatment, Intensive Outpatient and Partial-Hospitalization.

AmyLynn received her undergraduate degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in vocal performance in 1994 and Music Therapy Equivalency from California State University, Northridge in 2007, followed by Board Certification in 2008. In 2013 AmyLynn became a State Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and she is currently completing requirements to become a Fellow in the specialty of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (FAMI).

AmyLynn opened a private practice in Redlands focusing primarily on the use of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) in 2018 called the H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Purposely Evolve) Guided Imagery and Music Therapy Studio! GIM is a sensory imagery and music based therapeutic practice that engages the “traveler” in a binaural experience. It can be especially helpful for clientele struggling with trauma, addictions/process disorders, depression, anxiety that seem to be struggling in traditional forms of therapy alone.

H.O.P.E. Studio also offers multi-media and multi-discipline Wellness Empowerment Group. You can learn more about AmyLynn and H.O.P.E at

President's Message: 

As a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and a business owner, I have the privilege of working with clinicians that include associates and practicum students.  I remember the daunting task toward that dream of attaining 3000 hours.  It is so easy to let anxiety creep in, “Will I get my hours, when will I get my hours, how will I survive financially, will I pass the tests?” can take you to a place of fear.  At times it could cause you to forget why you are on this path, the path to make a difference in the lives of the populations with whom you work. For those of you reading this and resonating with what I am saying, try to trust in the process, one hour at a time. You will get there.  That isn’t the end of the journey, but the beginning of another one.  This is a season in your life that you may even miss some day.  Remember life happens during the journey, not when the goal is attained. 

Carol Rose Adkisson, President



Upcoming Events:

EMDR: Healing Unprocessed Memories that Create Disturbance and Dysfunction - October 25, 2019

Annual Authors' Gathering - October 25, 2019

Depth Psychology & Self-Care - November 15, 2019

Holiday Party - TBD (December 2019)


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