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Teens and Technology Presentation

  • Statistics on the Millennial Generation
  • Developmental Perspective
  • Use of Parental Cell Phone Contract
  • Limits, Boundaries and Consequences
  • Digital Identity
  • Being Mindful of Tech Habits
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Teens and Technology

Bridging the Gap: Parents, Professionals, & Possibilities Presentation

This presentation addresses responsibility, collaboration, and integration between professionals and parents to benefit children. It focuses specifically on the profession of psychotherapy and the possibilities of bridging the gap between parents and professionals.
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Bridging the Gap: Parents, Professionals, & Possibilities

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Renee S Fesperman, MA, MFC#46294
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
190 N Wiget Lane, Suite 275
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
925-944-5544 fax

Clinical Experience

10/2008-Present: Psychotherapy Private Practice

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - Practicing psychotherapy with individual adults, couples, adolescents, children, and their families. Specializing in working with children who have experienced trauma, exhibit disruptive behaviors, high conflict divorce situations, anxiety, and school compliance issues. Using CBT, brief therapy, self-psychology, play therapy, and family systems work to resolve conflicts and improve relationships.

3/2005-10/2008: Oak Creek Counseling Center/Bay Area Psychotherapy Services

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern - Conducted psychotherapy with individual adults, couples, adolescents, children, and families. Worked with private pay, MediCal, and court mandated clients. Collaborated with social workers and foster care programs on Child and Family Services cases. Treated anxiety, depression, grief, long-term illness, divorce, substance-abuse recovery, impulse control disorders, eating disorders, and life transitions.

8/2005-2/2008: Discovery Counseling Center

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern - School Counseling and Intervention Program, working in elementary and middle schools as a counselor. Helped children with behavioral and emotional issues.

10/2003-3/2005: JFK University Community Counseling Center

Trainee - Worked with a variety of clients including individual adults, couples, children and families. Developed and co-led a group designed to help children whose families were experiencing a divorce. Maintained a steady and loyal client base as well as served on the evaluation committee. Used play therapy techniques, as well as cognitive-behavioral and self-psychology theories.

Additional Experience

4/2005-5/2011: Watchful Eye Supervision

Visitation Supervisor - Ensured safe contact for children with court-mandated visiting parents, providing emotional and physical protection for the children, accompanied children at all times, maintained a neutral stance with regards to both parents and kept written records of each visit.


2005 - Masterís Degree in Counseling Psychology
John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA

1996 - Bachelorís Degree in Business Administration/ Sales & Marketing
California State University, Hayward, CA


10/2015-Bridging the Gap: Parents, Professionals & Possibilities
Renee Fesperman, LMFT & Cathrine Beaunae, Ph.D.- Workshop training for Diablo Valley Therapy. Pleasant Hill, CA. Presented on Oct. 23, 2015.

5/2013- Teens and Technology
Renee Fesperman, LMFT- Fusion Academy Alternative High School-Parent Information Seminar, Walnut Creek, CA. Presented on May. 16, 2013.

Additional Training

2005-2009-Supervision by Sylvia Fisher Ė Registered Play Therapist Supervisor
Consultation and supervision for school-based placement, clinical agency setting, and private practice child and adolescent cases.

2003-2006-Supervision by Patricia Brown Ė Registered Play Therapist Supervisor
Consultation and supervision during trainee and internships at community counseling center, school-based placement, and clinical agency setting for child and adolescent cases.

Continuing Education

02/2016-Pesi Mental Health Continuing Education-Psychopharmacology
What You Need to Know Today about Psychiatric Medications, Presenter: Tom Smith, P.D., LMHC, NCP, FAPA, BCCP (6.25 CEUís).

10/2015-UC Berkeley/ RC Seminars
Mindfulness, Connection, and Compassion, Presenters: Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D. and Daniel Siegel, M.D. (6 CEUís).

5/2015- 26th Annual International Trauma Conference
Workshops attended:
Trauma Focused Therapy for Children/Trust-Based Relational Interventions, Presenter: Karyn Purvis, Ph.D. (3CEUís);
Sand Tray Processing in Trauma, Presenter: Robert Aikin LICSW(3 CEUís);
Connecting Neuroscience Research with Effective Treatments for Traumatic Stress, Presenter: Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. (1CEU);
Minding the Baby: Trauma, threat, and the clinical process, Presenter: Arietta Slade, Ph.D. (1 CEU);
Treating Severely Dissociative Patients: Insights from the Treatment of Patients with Dissociative Disorders Study, Presenter: Bethany Brand, Ph.D. (1 CEU);
Calming the Fear-driven Brain: An Insider's View of Treating Developmental Trauma with Neurofeedback, Presenter: Sebern Fisher, MA, BCN (1 CEU);
Trauma informed systems change in K-12 educationĖ Washington State and California experience, Presenters: Chris Blodgett, Ph.D. & Natalie Turner, MS (2 CEUís);
Child Track: Trauma & Healing: Nurturing the Whole Child, Presenter: Karyn Purvis, Ph.D. ( 1 CEU);
Trust-Based Relational Intervention: Creating Healing Environments, Presenter: Karyn Purvis, Ph.D. (2 CEUís).

3/2015-Pesi CE Seminars/ Child and Adolescent Conference
Workshops attended:
ADHD and Emotional Regulation, Presenter: Russell Barkley, Ph.D. (1.5 CEUíS);
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, Presenters: John Gottman, Ph.D. and Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D. (1.5 CEUís);
Play Therapy Techniques for Anxiety, ADHD, and Impulse Control, Presenter: Christine Dargon, Ph.D. (1.5 CEUís);
Defiant Children, Presenters: Russell Barkley, Ph.D. & Ross Greene, Ph.D. (1.5 CEUís).

7/2014-Gerry Grossman Seminars
Law and Ethics 2014 Video, Presenter: Gerry Grossman, MA, LMFT (6CEUís).

12/2013-The Evolution of Psychotherapy
Workshops attended:
Advances in the Practice of Strategic Therapy, Presenter: Cloe Madanes, Licensed Psychologist (3 CEUís);
Treatment of Individuals with Anger-Control Problems and Aggressive Behavior, Presenter: Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.(3 CEUís);
Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Presenter: Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. (3 CEUís);
The Addicted Family: The Legacy of Trauma, Presenter: Claudia Black, Ph.D. (1 CEU);
Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents, Presenter: Violet Oaklander, Ph.D. (3 CEUís);
What Brings Children Into Therapy: A Developmental View, Presenter: Violet Oaklander (1 CEU);
Brainstorm: Debunking the Myths About Adolescents and Revealing the Power and Promise of the Teenage Brain, Presenter: Daniel Seigel, M.D. (2 CEUís).

7/2013-Vision Quest Into Symbolic Reality
Sandtray World Play and NatureWorld Play, Play Therapy Training, Presenter: Gisela Schubach De Domenico, Ph.D., MFCC, RPT-S (7 CEUís).

3/2013-U.S. Journal Training, Inc.
Adolescents and Young Adults-Ways of Bolstering Resilience in Adolescents and Young Adults, Treatment of Depression and Suicidality in Adolescents and Young Adults, Core Tasks of Psychotherapy with Adolescents and Young Adults, Presenter: Don Meichenbaum Ph.D.;
Tweens, Teens & Self-Esteem, Presenter: Ralph Carson, RD, Ph.D.;
Keynote: Hungry Ghost, Gabor Mate, Ph.D.;
The Neurobiology of Anxiety, Depression & Traumatic Stress, Psychopharmacology Update, Presenter: John Preston, Psy. D., ABPP;
From Resistance to Rhythm, Presenter: Christine Stevens, MA, MSW, MT-BC;
Relationship Detox, Presenter: LCSW, CADC (18 CEUís).

7/2012-Gerry Grossman Seminars
Law and Ethics 2012, Video-Presenter: Gerry Grossman, MA, LMFT (6CEUís).

1/2011-Sierra Tucson and Bodin, East Bay Professional Development Lecture Series
Behavioral Therapy for Substance Abuse Disorders: Implementing Evidence-Based Approaches, Presenter: Steven M. Peterson, LCSW, CADC III (1 CEU).

2/2011-Cross Country Education
Play Therapy and Beyond: Treatment Techniques and Strategies with Children and Pre-Adolescents, Presenter: Paul White, LCSW. (6 CEUís).

5/2011-CAMFT Annual Conference
Whole-Brain Child, Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Childís Developing Mind, Presenter: Daniel Siegel, M.D. (4 CEUís).

10/2011-Association of Play Therapy Annual Conference-Sacramento, CA
Someone Elseís House Living in the Adoption and Foster Care System, Presenters: Mistie Barnes, EdD, LPR-S, RPT-S and Juliet Fortino, MC, LPC, RPT-S (3CEUís);
Neurobiologically Informed Play Therapy Interventions, Presenter: Richard Gaskill EdD, LCPC, RPT-S (6CEUís);
Alternative Sand Tray Approaches: Directive Techniques, Presenter: Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S (3CEUís).

4/2011-U.S. Journal Training, Inc.
Adolescents and Young Adults-Treatment of General Anxiety Disorder, Presenter: Reid Wilson;
Legacy of Shame and the Addiction Process, Presenter: Claudia Black;
Mindfulness and Taking In The Good, Presenter: Rick Hanson;
Psychological Trauma, Presenter: Mel Pohl;
Assessment of Risk, Self-Destructive Behaviors and Suicidality, Presenter: Pat Dechello;
The Velveteen Principles, Presenter: Toni Raiten-DíAntonio (18 CEUís).

Other Professional Development

2/2010-Gerry Grossman Seminars
Domestic Violence CE V3, Presenter: Patricia Patton, Ph.D. (7 CEUís).

6/2010-Gerry Grossman Seminars
Issues with Aging CE V3, Presenters: Tima Ivanova, MA, LMFT, Paul Oprescu, MA, Patricia Patton, Ph.D. (3 CEUís).

7/2010-Gerry Grossman Seminars
HIV-AIDS CE V2, Presenters: Grenda Pearlman, MA, LMFT, Paul Oprescu, MA, Mary Ella Viehe, Ph.D., LMFT (7 CEUís).

8/2010-Gerry Grossman Seminars
Law and Ethics CE V3, Presenters: Gerry Grossman, MA, LMFT, Chuck Moshontz, MA, LMFT (6 CEUís).

12/2010-Sierra Tucson and Bodin, East Bay Professional Development Lecture Series
The Adolescent Brain, A Learning Machine, and Behaviors that can Pull the Plug, Presenter: Jeffery M. Georgi, M. Div., M.A.H, LCAS, LPC, CGP (1 CEU).

1/2009-UC Berkeley School Psychology Program 42nd Annual Conference
Mindsight and the Mechanisms Beneath Social and Emotional Intelligence: What Neuroscience Teaches About the Interconnectedness of Development, the Environment, and Happiness.
Mindsight and Social and Emotional Intelligence Daniel Siegel, Mindsight and Internal Education, Presenter: Daniel Siegel, M.D.;
Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, Presenter: Dacher Keltner, M.D;
Community Partnership of Mindfulness in Education-Panel, Decreasing Anxiety and Improving Student Behaviors with Simple Mindfulness Techniques, Panel (6 CEUís).

2/2009-Sierra Tucson and Bodin East Bay Professional Development Lecture Series
Intervening on the Family System, Presenter: Kristina Wandzilak, CASII, BRI II (1 CEU).

3/2009- East Bay Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Therapistís Attachment Patterns, Presenter: Dr. Wallin (1 CEU).

4/2009 ĖCalifornia Association of Marriage and Family Therapist 45th Conference
Combining Sexuality and Intimacy, Presenters: Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. and Joyce Catlett, MA (5 CEUís);
The Healing Power of Childrenís Imagination: Nine Therapeutic Tools, Presenter: Charlotte Resznick, Ph.D. (2 CEUís).

5/2009-California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist Seminar
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Presenter: Daniel G. Amen, M.D. (4 CEUís).

7/2009-East Bay Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist
Introduction to Filial Therapy, Presenter: Karen Pernet, LCSW, RPT-S (1 CEU).

7/2009-California Association for Play Therapy Seminar
Using Clay in Play Therapy, Presenter: Wendy Jacobson, MFT (1.5 CEUís).

9/2009-Sierra Tucson and Bodin, East Bay Professional Development Series
The Primal Wound: Understanding the Issues of Adoption, Presenter: Nancy Verrier, MFT (1 CEU).

10/2009-Sierra Tucson and Bodin, East Bay Professional Development Series
Synergies In Treatment: Interactions Between Psychotherapy, Medications, and Lifestyle Change, Presenter: Jerry Gelbart, M.D. (1 CEU).

10/2007-Association of Play Therapy Annual Conference-Los Angeles, CA
Child Parent Relationship Therapy:10-Session Filial Therapy Model, Presenters: Garry Landreth, Ed.D, LPC, RPT-S and Sue Bratton, Ph.D., LPC, RPT-S (3CEUís);
Play Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, Presenter: Paris Goodyear-Brown LCSW, RPT-S (3CUEís).

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