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100 Approved Supervisor Refresher Course
Martha Gonzalez Marquez
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 participants up-to-date on clinical MFT supervision practice. The course will include case examples, didactic and interact
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 Cognitive-Behavioral Couple and Family Therapy
Norman Epstein & Frank Dattilio
This institute will describe a systemic, integrative cognitive-behavioral therapy model for understanding and treating couples and families. It will include an overview of the model, strategies for engaging clients in therapy, and assessment and treatment methods. Special attention will be paid to interventions for partner aggression, low emotional intimacy, ineffective parenting, and parental responses to children’s depression and anxiety.
102 Autism Spectrum Differences: From Evaluation to Treatment
Clinicians are increasingly expected to be proficient in identifying and treating children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Institute participants will be introduced to a conceptual framework using positive, accessible language to individualize the diagnosis. They will view and discuss clinical interviews highlighting levels of autism differences, acquire skills in discussing the diagnosis with parents, and identify key therapeutic strategies.
103 Single Sessions with Children and Families
Arnold Slive & Monte Bobele
All therapists have experience with children and families who are seen for only one session. Researchers reliably find that one is the modal number of sessions and that single sessions are highly effective. This institute will present clinical strategies for conducting effective single sessions as well as steps for organizing single session services in agencies and private offices.
104 COLLABORATIVE HEALTHCARE: Building Resiliency Through Collaborative School Teams
Kathleen Laundy, Barbara Bennett & Michelle Ciak
Families and schools are where children experience the major part of their childhood and where children learn resiliency. Multidisciplinary school teams help boost that resiliency. MFTs are now becoming school certified, and can offer unique and valuable contributions to school teams to help foster resiliency and achievement. This institute will illustrate how MFTs have joined multidisciplinary school teams to boost student achievement since certification, and will provide participants with ideas about how to boost certification initiatives in their divisions.
105 Challenging Adolescents: Family Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is recognized as an empirically-supported treatment for many populations including adolescents with depression, suicidal behaviors, and self-injurious behaviors. This institute will outline how DBT can be adapted for working with family systems of adolescents who struggle with emotional dysregulation and impulsivity.
106 Playfulness: Enhancing Familial and Therapeutic Connections
Gerald Saltzman, Sarah Hardin & Heidi Stauber
By employing a playful therapeutic approach, clinicians can help promote healthy child development and connected family relationships. In this highly experiential institute, participants will gain a theoretical understanding of the importance of playfulness; further develop the playful self of the therapist; and acquire tools for assisting families to build playful connections. Come prepared to have fun.
107 Recursive Frame Analysis for MFT Practice and Research
Since it was created 25 years ago in a COAMFTE-accredited family therapy doctoral program by Bradford Keeney, Recursive Frame Analysis (RFA) was been widely used to help practitioners, supervisors, instructors, and researchers better understand clinical conversations. Participants will learn the basic RFA concepts and skills by practicing on a full-length MFT session while utilizing a variety of analytical technologies.
108 Digital Immigrants & Technology
Dale Bertram & Michael Rankin
This institute will focus on helping digital immigrants receive practical and immediately usable information about how to utilize the internet to expand their abilities to provide online therapy, supervision, CEU, and consulting activities. Participants will be exposed to several user friendly ways to achieve successful real-time digital interaction with clients, supervisees, etc. as a way to ethically expand their practices.
109 Discernment Counseling for Couples Considering Divorce
William Doherty & Steven Harris
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.
110 Reflective Practice: A Mindful Approach to MFT Supervision
Rebecca Rucker & Brent LoCaste-Wilken
Reflective practice is the capacity to engage in a contemplative conversation on one’s experience. When used in MFT supervision, reflective practice assists supervisees to acknowledge MFT therapy as a powerful expression of our work, life, and community. This practice encourages supervisees to come to new understandings and options for change. This interactive institute guides supervisors through the elements of reflective practice: focusing, journaling, and retelling.
111 Relational Suicide Assessment: Risks, Resources, Safety
Given that suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, it is essential for MFTs to know how to conduct effective suicide assessments. In this institute, we’ll explore a relational approach to assessment that emphasizes the importance of empathy, attending to intra- and interpersonal risks and resources, and collaborating with clients on developing detailed safety plans.
112 Mothers Coming Out: A Family Process
Thorana Nelson & Jacqueline Hudak
As systems therapists, we know that presenting to therapy as non-heterosexual or gender non-conforming, also known as coming out, is a relational process that involves many people. In this institute, the presenters will describe their own family transitions from heterosexuality and the relational impact of those processes. They will introduce a model for understanding non-heterosexual relationships in the context of a heteronormative society.
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