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Working With the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) in Psychotherapy with Ivy Griffin, LMFT, FREE event, 1.5 CEUs, $15 for Non-CAMFT Chapter members

  • 02/01/2019
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa


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Presented By: Ivy Griffin, LMFT

How familiar are you with the trait of Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS), more commonly known as being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)? Do you wonder if this is related to the Autism Spectrum? Did you know that as many as 50% of your clients may be HSPs?

The term Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) was first coined by Elaine Aron as she delved into her research around the characteristics associated with this personality trait. Being an HSP is not a disorder. Instead, it is a personality trait, which can be very healing when people are able recognize, understand and work with their sensitivity, rather than spending their efforts fighting against it. This workshop will explain what it means to be an HSP, explore possible overlapping mental health concerns and identify treatment considerations and interventions for folks with this trait, who are also a large percentage of clients who seek therapy.

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

1. Identify the characteristics of a personality trait termed Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS), or more commonly known as being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).

2. Understand differential diagnoses for mental health conditions that may co-occur or mimic some characteristics of being highly sensitive.

3. Recognize treatment tools and considerations for working with HSPs who may comprise as much as 50% of a therapist's caseload.  

About our speaker

Ivy Griffin is an LMFT, Clinical Supervisor, Director and Founder of Thrive Therapy & Counseling in Sacramento, CA. Ivy began her own private psychotherapy practice in 2012 and has since grown into a group practice of 6 therapists. Ivy also has 6 years of experience as a trainer at UC Davis where she facilitated workshops on harassment, bias, discrimination and sexual violence prevention. Ivy is a Highly Sensitive Person herself and is passionate about helping others understand, work with and value this personality trait. To that end, Ivy has obtained advanced training in the highly sensitive trait and specializes in working with HSP clients individually and in group therapy. Additionally, Ivy specializes in providing psychotherapy to adolescents and young adults.

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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Map to Odd Fellows Hall here

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¿Buscas ayuda? Encuentre terapeutas que ofrezcan sesiones gratuitas de crisis y desastres naturales aquí. Visite Visite la NAMI Warmline. Toma una clase de yoga informada sobre el trauma. ¡Nos recuperaremos juntos!

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