Sunday, September 6, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


600 - Red Cross Training: Foundations of Disaster Mental Health

Patricia Grajkowski

Marriage and family therapists interested in disaster response are invited to attend this training sponsored by the American Red Cross (ARC). Foundations of Disaster Mental Health is a three-hour course that equips MFTs to serve as disaster mental health volunteers with the ARC. MFTs may6 become involved by deploying to out of town assignments, responding to local disasters, teaching ARC courses, or helping with service to Armed Forces functions of the ARC. 

601 - School-Based Family Therapy: Toward a Uniquely Systemic Model

Laura Wallace

Participants will become actively involved in the development of interventions and research ideas for a uniquely systemic model of school-based family therapy. After a summary of the existing literature and research, workgroups will be formed around an aspect of family therapy in schools. After the conference, ideas generated will be circulated to stimulate dialogue within the field. 

602 - Training MFTs using the Metaframeworks Paradigm

Daniel Wiener, Ralph Cohen, Tatiana Melendez-Rhodes

This seminar will first outline the Metaframeworks approach used in training MFTs in a Master’s program, demonstrating how Metaframeworks thinking informs both clinical assessment and intervention. Participants will learn the rudiments of Metaframeworks case assessment from brief, voluntary interactive exercises. Presenters will offer their observations regarding stages of student growth in applying Metaframeworks to agency-based clinical practice. 

603 - Affirming Bisexuality: Individual and Relational Therapy

Erica Garceau

This session will explore the meaning and requisites of affirmative therapy, increase participants’ understanding of the bisexual identity, and discuss clinical considerations for working with bisexual clients individually and relationally. Participants will reflect upon personal experiences, beliefs, and assumptions, contemplate the distinctive experiences of bisexual people, and apply this insight to recognize and meet the therapeutic needs of bisexual clients. 

604 - Ethical Issues for MFT Practice: 2015

Mike Bishop, Shelley Green, Roberta Graham. Steve Livingston, Jeff Bryson

This panel presentation will examine revisions to the AAMFT Code of Ethics and implications for practice, describe how malpractice in MFT is determined, explore areas of high risk and liability that are most likely to result in ethical complaints, and examine the procedures involved in the process of responding to an ethical complaint made to the AAMFT Ethics Committee. 

605 - Feelings Not Food: Experiential Therapy in Eating Disorders

William Corrigan

This seminar is about learning how to apply experiential methods in the treatment of people with eating disorders and their families.  Action-oriented techniques from the Satir Model and Emotion Focused Therapy will be discussed and demonstrated with attendees’ participation.  Role-plays, empty chair exercises, and sculpting, will be used to explore aspects of assessment and treatment. 

606 - Unaffordable Care: Clients with Serious Mental Health Challenges

Anne Way, David Ansell, Neil Moore

Presenters discuss a multidisciplinary treatment approach and training model whereby team members attend to mind, body, and spirit in their formation of a therapeutic alliance.  Patients with limited financial resources and serious mental health challenges are a focus of treatment and informatics captures the positive outcomes that emerge from this modality. Implications for training programs will be addressed. 

607 - Treating Technology Issues in Couples’ Relationships

Ronald Chenail, Cathy Ponczek, Melissa Schacter, Laquana Young, Ron Osborne-Williams

While technology can enhance interpersonal relationships it may also have deleterious effects on these same interactions resulting in couples seeking psychotherapy. Research suggests different technology-relationship problem patterns and what interventions work. In this seminar, participants will learn these research findings and practice how to conceptualize, treat, and assess progress when working with these couples. 

608 - Multi-Impact Systemic Therapy for Self-Injury

Angela Kahn, Benjamin Caldwell, April Kujawa

This seminar will teach participants to understand self-injury as a relational inevitability in families with a particular type of pathology. Participants will learn how to tailor a treatment plan to combine structural and strategic techniques that address deeper family dysfunction, and how to construct a treatment team of multiple therapists that addresses the problem from several subsystemic angles simultaneously. 

609 - Coupling within Context: Black Men and Women in Therapy

Christiana Awosan

With the drop in marriage rates and raise in singlehood among Black men and women, this population are said to be the most uncoupled group in the United States. This seminar will explore difficulties Black men and women face in coupling. Effective clinical strategies for strengthening relational bonds and moving past the shame connected to racial trauma will be provided. 

610 - One Heart, Two Homes: Co-parenting Kids of Divorce to a Positive Future

Tammy Daughtry, Jay Daughtry

Divorce impacts over a million children a year in America. Children's adjustment to divorce is impacted by six specific risks, according to Amato's research. By educating divorced parents about these risks and empowering them to counter-act these risks with protective factors, counselors and family advocates can make a critical and positive impact on society. 

611 - Alternate Relationship Paradigms: Inclusivity Informed Work

Melissa Marie Bridges, Paul Maione

The evolving definition of marriage and alternate relationship paradigms are the subject of great debate in recent years. The distinctions drawn in these conversations are becoming more relevant for MFTs working with couples in distress. This seminar will explore the evolving construct of marriage and the proliferation of alternatives to traditional marriage including relational paradigms that challenge accepted norms. 

612 - Veteran Couple Retreats: A Systemic PTSD Intervention

Victoria Bruner, Briana Nelson Goff

The seminar will present information on the Veteran Couple Retreats Program, a national model for community-based integrative psychoeducational and peer recovery support programs. The Retreats Program utilizes evidence-based traditional and holistic modalities when working with participants to include: group psychoeducation, small group conjoint/family psychoeducation and therapy, mind-body and complementary treatment interventions (e.g., yoga, massage, Tai Chi), and animal-assisted therapies.

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