Conference Institutes

Thursday, September 3, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.



100 Approved Supervisor Refresher Course

Dale Bertram

AAMFT Approved Supervisors must take a comprehensive 5-hour refresher course prior to the renewal of their designation. This institute is designed specifically to meet that requirement, and to keep practitioners up-to-date on clinical MFT supervision practice. This course will include case examples, didactic and interactional instruction methods. It will focus on current resources available to supervisors, management of ethical and legal issues likely to arise during supervision, utilization of supervision contracts, cultural competence in supervision and therapy, and discussion of the current AAMFT Approved Supervisor requirements.


101 Guardians of the Galaxy: Guiding Youth Through Grief

Cadmona Hall, Heather Hay

This presentation will provide an overview of grief and loss with an emphasis on the unique grief reactions of children utilizing a developmental perspective. Participants will increase their knowledge base connected to theory, research, and practice of clinical work with bereaved youth and their families. The presentation will provide tools for facilitating a supportive environment in the context of grief.


102 Veteran Family Challenges and Collaborative Treatment

June Behn Watts, Jennifer Fox, Travis Field, Heidi Knock, Jenelle Boo, Nicolle Angeli

Many combat veterans and families are seeking treatment as a result of recent conflicts. This presentation will give a firsthand look from the “front lines” in working directly with veterans and their families. Information will be provided on Military Sexual Trauma, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain, Suicide Prevention, and MFT to highlight the importance of collaborative treatment.


103 Family Therapy with Young Children Utilizing Play-based Approaches

Lexie Daley, Megan Oka

Working with young children in family therapy is of concern to clinicians as well as a public health issue. This institute will give clinicians a theoretical framework and practical tools for incorporating young children into family therapy, and it will help them identify potential barriers to treating this population effectively.


104 Healing the Soul: Working with Black Couples 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 institute 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.


105 Policy to Practice: Ecosystemic Autopsies of Murder-Suicides

Suzanne Midori Hanna

Family therapy makes significant contributions toward violence prevention in America. This institute links policy with practice through neuropsychosocial analyses of two murder-suicides and one mass murder. These illustrate how social policies fail to consider a range of ecosystemic practices included in the clinical trials of family therapy for mental health problems. Illustrations of MFT interventions will provide policy implications.


106 Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: A Primer for MFTs

Deepu George, Morgan Stinson, Andrea Meyer, Leslie Allison

This institute will provide an in-depth introduction to a promising empirically supported treatment: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Participants will learn the theoretical tenets of ACT and its usefulness across multiple presenting problems and clinical settings. Through mindfulness based experiential activities, case vignettes, and active learning strategies, participants will apply ACT principles to couples’ and family treatment.


107 Integrated Approaches to Diagnosing and Treating Somatization

Cameron Froude, Derek Enns

This institute presents newest research on integrative approaches to the assessment and treatment of somatic symptom disorders (SSD). Multidisciplinary review of the etiology and treatment of SSD will be reviewed. A step-by-step guide for building and sustaining an integrated treatment team using the group medical visit model will be outlined. Didactic, case study, and discussion based teaching approach.


108 Relational Suicide Assessment

Douglas Flemons

The systemic orientation of MFTs provides an ideal foundation for conducting relational suicide assessments. The presenter will describe and use video clips to illustrate a comprehensive set of interrelated skills and tasks, including a) exploring intra- and interpersonal risks and resources; b) co-constructing safety plans; c) making safety decisions regarding hospitalization; d) documenting the assessment; e) engaging in professional self-care.


109 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, resulting in millions of co-parents who are navigating the path of shared parenting between households. The family system becomes very complicated in post-divorce, never married and also in step family complexities. In this workshop we will explore co-parenting communication, post-divorce adjustment, the six specific risks for children after divorce, the five specific co-parenting "categories" and how to help parents and children with life-giving outcomes. This will include multi-media elements and group discussions. By understanding these family systems, therapists and family advocates can make a critical and positive impact on society and future generations to come.

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