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Flashes, Gut Feelings and Hunches: Listening to the Healer Within with Dr. Julie Stass, LCSW, FREE event, 1.5 CEUs, $15 for Non-CAMFT Chapter members

  • 03/02/2018
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa


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Presented By: Julie Stass, PhD, LCSW

Julie says, "Like most MSWs and MFTs, I was trained to use specific theoretical models. With every question I asked or intervention used, my clinical supervisors required a logical theoretical justification. If I deviated from the traditional prescribed path and acted on an intuitive hunch my clinical supervisor became suspicious and concerned about my clinical judgment. 

Today as a clinical supervisor, I agree with the need to scrutinize how interns practice psychotherapy. But, I am concerned that we are not training new clinicians that the importance of integrating natural emotional connections and intuitive responses is equally essential as using one of the preferred therapeutic models."

This 90-minute session reaches out to clinicians who hesitate to trust the power and clarity that comes from their intuitive gut responses: what she calls "our inner healer". Julie will cover research that: 1) explains why emotional connections and clinical intuition are so affective in therapy and 2) confirms that clinicians who respond intuitively and develop strong trusting connections find that their clients are highly motivated and are able to sustain the positive changes they’ve made. Dr Stass will explore how to integrate a right-brained clinical practice into a left-brained performance focused marketplace. Finally, she’ll recommended daily practices that cultivate, motivate and sustain our inner healer.

Learning Objectives - After completion of the presentation the attendees will:

1. Identify the neuro-biological therapeutic changes that occur when the clinician and client emotionally connect.

2. Know the research confirming that the therapist-client emotional connections motivates and sustains lasting change for clients; how right-brained connections heal old emotional wounds for both the client and the clinician.

3. Know some daily practices that help motivate, support and sustain the intuitive clinician.

About our speaker

Julie Stass is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in practice since 1992. She received her MSW from San Jose State School of Social Work in 1987. She completed her doctorate in psychology from the Southern California University in Irvine in 2005. Julie specialized as a play and family systems therapist, treating children recovering from trauma. Julie has provided clinical supervision hours for pre-licensed MFT and MSW interns for about 15 years.

About seven years ago, Julie focused on experiential therapies and began using dogs and horses in therapy. In 2010, she started a canine facilitated therapy group for the San Luis Obispo Hospice Center. Currently, Julie provides Equine Facilitated Learning workshops and retreats for all types of groups: Mother and Daughters, people in Recovery, Leadership trainings and families. Julie is also a private contractor for Advent Health, seeing clients via telemedicine, three days a week. Julie’s passion focuses on training clinicians how to connect to their intuitive inner wisdom and compassion with the intention of infusing care and compassion back into the current behavioral health care system.

10:30 - 11:00 Social networking and registration

Disability Accommodation: To request an accommodation for a disability, please email

CEU Certificate: You must stay for the entire meeting to receive your certificate. If you have signed IN and OUT of the course, you will receive an email with a link to the course evaluation. Once you complete the evaluation, the CE Certificate will open. If you do not immediately see the certificate, check your downloads folder. Fill in your name and license number on the certificate, and right click on it to save it to your own computer. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hrs of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

CEUs are free for RECAMFT members, or members of other CAMFT Chapters. Non-members who desire CEUs pay $15.

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