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AAMFT Institutes for Advanced Clinical Training

The advanced trainings are your key to learning marketable skills, improving clinical effectiveness, and meeting your professional development goals. Study in one of our multiple intensive courses that reflect the clinical challenges mental health professionals face today.

  • Our instructors are MFT experts who offer you the most up-to-date perspectives
  • Network with other dedicated mental health care professionals
  • Welcome reception (evening of March 5)
  • Approved supervisor refresher course offered March 5, 2014 (discount if purchased with Advanced Institutes)

Dynamics of Addiction Treatment and Recovery

(March 6 - 9, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Presented by Meri L. Shadley, PhD, MFT-S, LCADC-S

Alcoholism, drug abuse, compulsive gambling, and other behavioral disorders such as sexual compulsivity, persistent shopping, and internet obsession have a common thread - they all not only interfere with an individual's healthy living, but they impact the life of family members. Many families are left devastated and dramatically altered. Marriage and family therapists bring a perspective uniquely different than the typical substance abuse treatment orientation. In an effort to wed our systems views with more manualized protocols presently utilized, this course will introduce a systemic framework. Attendees will receive an overview of addiction specific theories, techniques, and strategies and receive an opportunity to relate this information to families suffering from the increasing problems of disordered gambling, internet addiction, and other behavioral compulsions.


Therapeutic Artistry: Finding Your Creative Edge with Your Most Difficult Couple and Family Practice Situations

(March 6 - 9, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)


Presented by Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, LCSE

At times in our professional careers, all of us have been faced with clinical situations in which we were intimidated by or experienced therapeutic paralysis in reaction to particular clients' provocative and perplexing presenting problems and extensive treatment histories, families with multiple symptom-bearing members carrying serious DSM diagnoses, and couples and families who seem to thrive on one crisis to the next. In this hands-on, practice-oriented workshop, attendees will learn several effective ways therapists can tap the full range of their inner resources and creative selves for getting unstuck and being the catalysts for therapeutic change with complex and difficult client practice situations.



The Fundamentals of MFT Supervision

(March 5, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

March 6, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

March 7, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

March 8 - 9, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Presented by Toni Zimmerman, PhD

This 30-hour intensive program is designed to fulfill the complete course requirement for the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation and satisfies the supervisory training requirements for many state laws.








Hypnotherapy for Pain, Anxiety, and Habits: The Basics and Beyond      

(March 6 - 9, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Presented by Gary R. Elkins, PhD

In the ever-changing mental health environment, many MFTs are seeking ways of enhancing their practices with new clinical skills. Taught by one of the most respected leaders in the field of clinical hypnosis, this course will focus on clinical hypnotherapy methods, pain and stress management, and treatment of various clinical problems. Attendees will learn the essentials of clinical hypnosis, methods of hypnotic induction, the effective use of hypnotherapy as a mind-body intervention and a wide range of applications in clinical practice.





Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Creating Attachment Bonds      

(March 6 - 9, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Presented by Scott R. Woolley, PhD

Couples typically get together for emotional reasons and the split up is for emotional reasons. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is the only empirically validated couple therapy that is grounded in a clear and well researched theory of adult love and uses emotion as a primary change agent. This institute will delineate the well-defined EFT processes and interventions that create powerful change events and foster secure bonds between partners. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of how emotions are restructured and used to shape new interactions events and fundamentally change couple relationships. Lecture, discussion, therapy video, and experiential exercises will be used to help participants learn to use the EFT model.




Use of Forgiveness and Other Clinical Interventions with Devout Christian Clients

(March 6 - 9, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Presented by Frederick DiBlasio, PhD

Spirituality is an integral facet of most peoples' lives, but is too often an untapped resource in therapy. Census data indicate that 76% of Americans (2008 Census Data: http://www.census.gov) are affiliated in some way with Christian beliefs: A fair number of these believers are devout and want a therapy consistent with these devout beliefs. The increased interest of helping professions in generic spirituality is not sufficient, because spirituality often reduces spiritual belief systems to lowest common denominators in order to be all-inclusive. Devout Christian beliefs are radically different than generic approaches because many devout Christians believe in only one true faith, one method of salvation through believing in and following Christ, and the authority and inerrancy of the Scriptures for understanding family relationships, interpersonal interactions, and so forth. Theory and strategies that are designed that account for these devout beliefs, especially clients' spiritual orientation toward forgiveness, have proven highly effective in the presenter's research and practice. Although participants of the institute may be of any religious faith or perspective, the focus will be training participants about the dynamics and intervention techniques for devout Christian clients. The presenter will further define devout Christian beliefs, use passages from the New King James Version and the New International Version of the Bible to understand how to connect to the religious perspectives of devout Christians, and prepare participants to conduct a step-by-step forgiveness session.


Additional Programming:


Approved Supervisor Refresher

(Wednesday, March 5, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Presented by Jerry Gale, PhD

Jerry Gale, PhD will be presenting the 5-hour Approved Supervisor Refresher Course on Wednesday, March 5 before the Institutes begin. This course is designed to keep supervisors on the cutting edge of their mentorship role, and it provides 5 hours of continuing education. This class fulfills the required course needed for all Approved Supervisors once every five years. Add it on to a 2014 Institute registration and save $50!











Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing with support documentation included and postmarked by February 10th, 2014. The support documentation includes written verification from a physician or any other official representative confirming the emergency issue is unforeseeable and confirming your inability to attend the AAMFT event. When requesting a refund, you can chose to have your fee (in full) held (for up to one year) and applied to another AAMFT event registration OR for a direct refund, the amount granted will be less than 50% of the total registration fee paid. No refunds will be honored after February 10th, 2014.





Earn 20 to 30 hours of continuing education credit with the most advanced MFT training available! Download a PDF registration form here.




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