Conference Institutes
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Conference Institutes: Thursday, October 16, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


100 - Approved Supervisor Refresher Course
Jerry Gale
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 - FBT TRIBUTE: Solution Focused Brief Therapy 101
Calyn Crow
This session will provide an overview of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). We will review the history, philosophy, and basic premise of SFBT developed by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg. Participants will learn key principles and interventions of SFBT. Individuals will learn a new way to view problems, co-create solutions, and differentiate SFBT from problem focused modalities. This training will address common myths and challenges. This overview will be important for individuals new to the approach and wanting to understand key components, their uniqueness and effectiveness. NOTE: While space is available, this institute will be offered free to Students and Pre-Clinical Fellows with a full paid conference registration.

102 - Transgender 101: Terminology, Etiology, and Treatment
Mary Green, Parris Green
This interactive institute is intended for those with little to no knowledge about and experience with transgender folk. Participants will learn basic terminology, gain knowledge about the theories and non-definitive etiology of trans identity, learn the current recommendations for treatment for trans adults and gender nonconforming children and their parents, and explore self-of-the therapist through the use of case studies.

103 - Integrating Neuroscience and Family Systems in Anxiety
Glenn Veenstra, Jr.
Participants will learn how different aspects of anxiety are produced in the levels of brain functioning that develop as a child matures. Systemic interactions between these levels that contribute to anxiety disorders will be outlined and linked to the corresponding interpersonal interactions between parent and child. This knowledge will enable participants to more effectively help clients with anxiety problems.

104 - Discernment Counseling for Couples Considering Divorce
Steven Harris, Bridget Mayer
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 can restore their marriage to health.

105 - Attachment Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents
Guy Diamond
ABFT is a brief (12 to 16 weeks) manualized, empirically supported, emotion-focused treatment that targets family and individual processes associated with adolescent depression. ABFT strengthens attachment bonds and promotes adolescent autonomy by focusing on five therapeutic tasks. Through lecture and clinical vignettes, participants will understand the model’s theoretical roots, goals and structure, and the clinical research that supports its effectiveness

106 - Interpersonal Patterns and Relational Work in Marriage and Family Therapy
Karl Tomm, Sally St. George, Daniel Wulff, Tom Strong
In this institute the presenters will demonstrate how to maintain a relational and collaborative stance in MFT while conceptualizing families’ situations and conversing with them. This is accomplished by inviting participants to learn a framework for practice and research that concentrates on various interpersonal interaction patterns seen in families’ lives and in therapeutic settings.

107 - Couple Therapies for Psychological and Physical Aggression
Norman Epstein, Carol Werlinich, John Hart, BreAnna Davis, Elizabeth Ott, Paige Murtagh
This institute will describe and demonstrate assessment and conjoint treatment with couples experiencing psychological and mild to moderate physical aggression. Guidelines for using cognitive-behavioral, emotionally-focused, and narrative couple therapies will be described and compared, as well as ethical considerations and gender-related issues involved in conjoint treatment of aggression. Specific assessment and treatment methods will be demonstrated through video examples.

108 - SFBT TRIBUTE: Follow the Leader: Solution-Focused Therapy with Children
Pamela King
This interactive session will explore ways of being with children and families that are helpful, playful, and future-oriented. Through discussion, video, and collaboration, participants will explore ways children use their gifts of creativity to solve their problems and amplify their own solutions. This institute is ideal for therapists who want to apply solution-focused principles and strategies to work with children.

109 - Medical Family Therapy: Brief Therapy in Medical Settings
Jacqueline Williams-Reade, Cassidy Freitas, Veronica Kuhn
As the field of healthcare expands to include mental health professionals, marriange and family therapists will have increased opportunities to participate. If you are interested in working in a medical setting or want to better understand how to address clients’ medical issues in your current practice, this presentation will introduce the primary Medical Family Therapy concepts needed to provide important assessment and intervention.

110 - Autism Spectrum Differences: From Evaluation to Treatment
Marilyn Monteiro
Clinicians are increasingly expected to be proficient in treating children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum differences. This institute introduces participants to a conceptual framework using positive, accessible language to individualize the diagnosis. Techniques to shape a positive narrative for families will be highlighted. Participants will view clinical interviews, acquire skills in discussing the diagnosis and identify key therapeutic strategies.

111 - The New Old Frontier for ADHD: Self-Regulation and Marriage and Family Therapy
J. Matthew Orr
ADHD remains the most common, yet ineffectively treated, mental health problem among children. This institute will move beyond basic behavior management to explain what essential factors are missing from current care models and provide a brief but sustainable strengths-based-developmental approach to treating ADHD and its comorbid companions that is rooted in brain science and promotes healthy self-regulation and parent-child relationships.

112 - Team Up with the Brain to Boost Clinical Effectiveness
Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin
How can we talk so the brain encodes skills, and listen so the brain decodes problems? In this presentation, must-know brain concepts for therapists will be examined in accessible, playful ways, along with their implications for more effective, and life transforming therapeutic conversations. Concrete practices applicable to all work settings will be demonstrated through lively videos, examples, transcripts, and interesting exercises.

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