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Fresno District Meeting

  • Saturday, January 25, 2014
  • 9:15 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Fresno Pacific University-Steinert Campus Center


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California Society for Clinical Social Work

Fresno District


Herman J. Barretto, LCSW

“Silence, Secrecy and Sabotage in Couple Relationships and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”  

When:   Saturday, January 25, 2014 

                 Registration and socializing begin at 9:15 a.m.     

Continental breakfast and business start at 9:30 a.m. with presentation to follow.

Where:       NEW LOCATION:  Fresno Pacific University, Steinert Campus Center, Pioneer/Johanson Conference Room 103 

                        Fresno Pacific University is located at 1717 S. Chestnut Street. Traveling south on Chestnut, cross Butler, take a left on Hamilton Avenue and left into Hamilton parking lot. No permit is needed. From the parking lot, Steinert Campus Center is to the west, just north of the Amphitheater.  

Cost:            CSCSW members can earn 1.5 CE credits at no cost. Non-member LCSWs and LMFTs may earn 1.5 CE credits for a nominal fee of $15. Free to audit. PCE#1.

Everyone is welcome. We especially encourage MSW students to attend. For more information, contact Gabriele Case gh.caselcsw@gmail.com. RSVP is not required.

About Our Speaker

Mr. Herman J. Barretto, LCSW, ACSW, obtained a MSW from California State University, Fresno in  May 1992 .   Herman’s thesis was entitled: “The Impact of Pre-service, In-service, and Post-service Grief on the Vietnam Veteran and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” Since completing his MSW internship at the Fresno V et Center during graduate school, Herman has been employed  at the Fresno Vet Center, where he has served as an individual, couple, and group readjustment counselor. During the course of his employment, Herman has served as the Acting Team Leader and clinical coordinator. After presenting lectures and clinical demonstrations for the Advanced Practice Seminar on Trauma and Abuse in the MSW program at CSU Fresno, Herman began teaching the course in the fall, 2005, and has continued to enhance the course content, keeping the material relevant and current for its students.      From 1981 to 1990,  Herman served in the pastoral ministry, having attained a BA from St. John’s College and a M. Div. from St. John’s Theological Seminary, Camarillo, CA.   Through the years, Herman has presented on the nature and impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to various groups and organizations. Herman currently runs two couple therapy groups and has worked extensively with couples and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Herman has been married for the last 23 years and he and his spouse are the grateful parents of three precious children. In his spare time, Herman enjoys tending to the garden, a  Louis L'Amour novel,  a nice cup of tea, and travelling.

The Overview:

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the nature of the dynamics of Silence, Secrecy, and Sabotage and  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).   Participants will be exposed to a PTSD Schematic reflective of the new criteria as described in the DSM 5 and review the psychobiology of PTSD.   Through an exposition of three case examples, participants will be able to appreciate the various couple dynamics when one or both parties suffers from a diagnosis of PTSD and the possible interventions to address these dynamics in conjoint or group sessions. 

The Objectives of the Course:

(1):   Participants will learn the DSM 5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD and be able to describe changes since DSM IV-  T R.

(2):   Participants will be able to articulate the psychobiological factors contributing to the symptomatology of the disorder.

(3):   Participants will be able to understand the reasons for secrecy, silence, and sabotage in couple relationships.

(4):   Participants will learn about specific  therapeutic interventions helpful in addressing the dynamics of secrecy, silence, sabotage and PTSD in couple relationships.

This course meets the qualifications for 1.5hrs of CE credit for LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPCCs as required by the CA BBS. PCE #1

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