June 2020 Chapter Meeting Event

  • 2020-06-22
  • 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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June Chapter Meeting

Monday, June 22, 2020
6:15 PM - 8:30 PM 

"What's Underneath the Pile?"
Managing Emotional Responses in the Midst of Quarantine Clutter

Presented By
Dr. Charlene Underhill-Miller, PhD,MFT

"If only I had a day to just get organized...." And then that day turns into several weeks and months. The clutter is still there. The boxes still exist. Feelings arise when looking through the piles. And, in the midst of a quarantine there are few people to talk to about it or to physically help. Understanding the emotional complexities of one who hoards, or is chronically disorganized, or facing a physical move is crucial in your work on the front lines. And in this time of severe crisis, the underlying issues that contributes to one's disorganization is exacerbated.

As different as your clients are from one another, their responses to this crisis and the clutter that has now become their companion within their home, vary. We will take time to look at a variety of emotional responses to the quarantine and what it might mean for your clients and for you to get back to work the way it used to be. We will work on developing some healthy language that you can implement with your clients while you listen and reflect on their life and the gift you give them by being part of it at this time in history.



Dr. Charlene Underhill Miller is a licensed marriage and family therapist, educator, writer, and lecturer. In her private practice, Dr. Miller assists individuals, couples, and children with a wide range of issues, including relational difficulties, recovery from loss, abuse, and trauma, as well as the pursuit of happiness and personal growth. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the treatment of sexual trauma.

With winsome insights, Dr. Miller is able to address the entire life cycle – from resolving one’s own childhood experiences, to the many challenges of parenting, to the loss of a job or a spouse, to caring for aging parents and facing one’s own limitations and mortality.

Dr. Miller has taught at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education & Psychology, Fuller School of Psychology, and Azusa Pacific University's Graduate School of Psychology for nearly three decades. Long active in the community, she is a founding member of Pepperdine’s Friends of the Family League and the co-founder, former clinical director, and advisory board chair of the Malibu Wellness Center, which provides free mental health services and drug diversion programs for children and youth.

Dr. Miller served as a mental health consultant on A&E’s top-rated program, Hoarders, is a contributing author to the 2013 book Stuff Your Face or Face Your Stuff, and is a lead writer for ContentWatchZift, and Net Nanny, on-line publishers of parenting resources.

Dr. Miller earned masters and doctoral degrees in Marital and Family Therapy from the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and has a B.A. in psychology from UCLA. A wife, a mother of a teen-age son, and a stepmother of two adult children, Dr. Miller makes her home in San Juan Capistrano, California.

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  • Visitors are invited for $20. Please register.
  • The day of the meeting a Zoom link will be sent via email.
  • Level 2 and BPs may access the recording on the Member's Only section of the website for the following 30 days.

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