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Cultural Neuroscience: Child and Adolescent Brain Developmnt

CE Credits: 2.00 Speaker(s): Manijeh Daneshpour, PhD; Iman Dadras, PhD Cultural neuroscience has the potential to shed light on how social and cultural contexts interact with brain development. Drawing on insights from psychology, sociology, and anthropology this presentation focuses on children and adolescent brain and discusses cultural context of neuroscience research to examine critical ways that marriage and family therapists can utilize this information in working with families.

Demystifying Writing for Publication in MFT

CE Credits: 2.00 Speaker(s): Fred P. Piercy, PhD; Hoa N. Nguyen This workshop is intended for those who wish to be successful in writing for publication in the field of marriage and family therapy. We will demystify the publication process as well as the thinking and skills necessary for participants to be successful, published authors of scholarly MFT articles.

Discernment Counseling for Couples Considering Divorce

CE Credits: 4.00 Speaker(s): William J. Doherty, PhD; Steven M. Harris, PhD Couples and therapists often get stuck when spouses show up uncertain about whether to try therapy, let alone whether to stay married. This institute will present a field-tested protocol for “discernment counseling” that helps couples explore the decision about divorcing or trying a course of therapy and other services to see if they restore their marriage to health. *No handouts are available for this course*

Don't Think, but Observe: SFBT and Buddhist Well-Being

CE Credits: 2.00 Speaker(s): Mariana Falconier; Diane R. Gehart, PhD Mindfulness skills are used increasingly in therapy and can enhance wellbeing of clients and therapists. This presentation will explore integrating mindfulness and Buddhist psychology principles in solution-focused brief therapy and related postmodern approaches. This workshop will explore the points of connection and identify mindfulness-based applications for solution-oriented therapy.

Effective Use of Psychopharmacology for the MFT

CE Credits: 3.00 Speaker(s): W. David Robinson, PhD; Adam C. Jones; Braden J. Brown; Nathan C Taylor; Paul R. Springer, PhD Many MFTs are still hesitant to recommend psychopharmacological agent to their clients. This is due partly to inadequate training in most MFT programs. The presenters will review the research behind combined (therapy and medications) for many of the common conditions MFTs see in their practice. We will also discuss the utilization of common medications and the common ethical concerns.

Effectively Working With Sexual Assault Void of Bias

CE Credits: 1.00 Speaker(s): Samantha E. Heuwagen; Christopher K. Belous, PhD Why are some therapists afraid to tackle the complexities of working with sexual assault survivors and untangling the web of traumas? Through supervision, personal therapy, and discussions with colleagues, clinicians can overcome their own bias and limitations surrounding sex and sexual trauma. This presentation will encourage and discuss evidence based, sex positive approaches to working with sexual trauma.

Emotional Focused Couples Therapy with Bipolar Partner

CE Credits: 2.00 Speaker(s): Regina Bordieri, PsyD; Sesen Negash, PhD Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness causing unusually intense and dramatic shifts in mood and energy. Few systemic interventions exist for the treatment of bipolar disorder, despite its effect on family members. This presentation will identify the unique needs of couples coping with bipolar disorder and propose a modified version of Emotionally Focused Therapy for working with these couples.

Enhancing MFT Training: Clinical Feedback Systems

CE Credits: 2.00 Speaker(s): Thomas L. Sexton, PhD; William F. Northey, PhD In this interactive and technology-focused workshop participants will see how a Clinical Feedback (CFS) System is used in varied MFT contexts. A live interactive demonstration of a CFS being used in COAMFTE training programs and in clinical demonstration projects will be highlighted for its utility in training, improvement of clinical outcomes, and research in developing Practice-based Evidence.

Escape from Bickering DVD

This session, recorded in 1989 by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and digitally re-mastered in 2007, features Michael White conducting a live, unedited therapy session with a family. The featured family includes an 18-year-old institutionalized for fire-setting. Through circular strategic and reflexive questions and techniques of externalizing and mapping the influence of problems, the family is helped to discover new information about themselves. Concentration is on the bickering between siblings and the theme of protest that bonds the family to systems that patholize them. A reflecting team is used to consolidate the family’s “new story” which emerges in the session. Approx. Time: 134 minutes

Ethical Issues and Strategies for Practice in Healthcare

CE Credits: 2.00 Speaker(s): Jennifer L. Hodgson, PhD; Tai J Mendenhall, PhD; Angela L. Lamson, PhD Working in a healthcare setting means applying your ethical principles in different ways. In fact, some professions are developing separate codes of ethics just for their members who are practicing in integrated behavioral health care settings. This workshop will compare and contrast the multidisciplinary codes of ethics commonly found in healthcare settings and highlight opportunities for shared understanding and possible differences. Case scenarios written by MFTs who have practiced in medical settings for years will highlight some of the potential challenges and lessons learned.