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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.

Depth in Brief Therapy: Awareness Integration Model

CE Credits: 2.50 Speaker(s): Ms. Foojan Zeine, MFT Every human being has the capability of living a fulfilled life, yet one’s childhood experiences repeatedly sabotages learning and utilizing new skills to obtain and maintain being fulfilled. This seminar will explore Awareness Integration Model, a structured brief therapy approach that utilizes deepening techniques to release negative core beliefs, emotional charges, set goals and action plans toward the desired results.

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*

Doing Well While Doing Good: What You Can Do as a MFT

CE Credits: 1.50 Speaker(s): Anne H. Rambo, PhD; Tommie V. Boyd, PhD The master's degree in marriage and family therapy is a highly marketable degree in a variety of settings, yet recent graduates are at times unaware of their options. Participants will learn the results of a nationwide survey of MFT graduates and hear about a wide range of of employment possibilities. The presenters will discuss career tracks, pros and cons of each, and how to access opportunities nationwide.

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.

Emotion-Deepening Techniques in Attachment-Based Therapy

CE Credits: 2.50 Speaker(s): Jody M. Russon, PhD; Guy S Diamond, PhD Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) uses attachment theory to facilitate conversations about core ruptures that are blocking parent-child trust. Emotion-deepening techniques are essential to creating meaningful change experiences in ABFT. In this workshop, presenters will use lecture, videotape, discussion and role-play activities to a) describe a metaframework for deepening emotions; and b) teach eight emotion-deepening techniques utilized in ABFT treatment tasks.

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