600 Series , Sunday, September , 2011 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Intersections of Diversity in MFT Training and Supervision
J. Maria Bermudez
Do you consider yourself to be culturally competent as a trainer? The answer to this question is more complicated than you think. Focusing on the latest feminist teaching theory, the presenters will discuss identity variables and dynamics. They will then lead participants through experiential training exercises and small group discussions to deepen their awareness and skills as culturally competent educators, trainers, and supervisors.
Helping Adolescents with Self-Injuring Behavior
Family therapists are increasingly treating adolescents (mostly girls) with ‘acting-in’ problems. Unlike ‘acting-out’ (conduct disorder) problems, these adolescents are much more likely to harm themselves than others, and often confound helpers by describing self-injurious behaviors as providing relief, rather than causing pain. In this workshop issues of causation and remediation will be addressed from a family perspective.
School-based Family Therapy: Practical Tips for Success
Several states have recently certified Marriage and Family Therapists to be hired by public schools. This seminar will focus on strategies for effectively navigating this complicated multi-level system, developing an expanded therapeutic alliance, and bridging the gap between families and schools.
Crafting a Supervision Model: A Contextual-Functional Frame
Participants will use the Contextual-Functional Meta-Framework (CFM) to develop, elaborate, and personalize their personal approaches to supervision. This session is of particular interest to those considering beginning to supervise, Supervisor Candidates who are required to clarify their approach to supervision for their Philosophy of Supervision paper, and experienced supervisors encountering complex supervision situations.
WOMEN'S HEALTH AND WELL-BEING: Yoga for Healing Trauma and Eating/Food/Body Image Concerns
This seminar will explain the ways in which yoga can repair damage done to the regulatory functions of the nervous system by trauma, illustrate the difference between traditional and trauma-sensitive yoga classes, and demonstrate the usefulness of yoga for helping women who struggle with their relationships with food and with their bodies.
Mothers and Coming Out as a Family Process
As systems therapists, we know that presenting as non-heterosexual or gender non-conforming, or 'coming out,' is a relational process that involves many people. In this seminar, the presenters will describe their family transitions from heterosexuality and the relational impact of those processes. They will introduce a model for understanding nonheterosexual relationships in the context of a heteronormative society.
Empowering Faith-based Women in Controlling Relationships
This seminar will help therapists to work more effectively with faith-based women who are in marriages with controlling or narcissistic spouses. There are unique challenges to working with relationships that have a high level of control or narcissism, as well as essential spiritual diversity issues that must be understood and addressed to help the woman.
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Sandtray Therapy: Applying an Intervention Created by Women
Sandtray therapy is one of several expressive and projective therapy techniques that are effective interventions for clients who are psychologically or neurobiologically hampered by verbally-based treatment. This session will explore this intervention developed by women [Margaret Lowenfeld & Dora Kalff], who recognized the need to provide a safe and expressive avenue for hurting clients to process intrapsychic and interpersonal dysfunction.
WOMEN AND THE MILITARY: Systemic Roles of Women in Military Families
Women in military families face many individual and systemic challenges. The specific family structure may take on different forms. Yet there are unique hardships which women in these families must face. This seminar will use case studies and video clips to fully examine the clinical techniques that can help deal with the challenges associated with each of these family structures
Updates in Ethical Issues for MFT Practice
This panel presentation will examine revisions to the AAMFT Code of Ethics and their implications for practice, describe how malpractice in MFT is determined, explore areas of high risk and liability that are most likely to result in ethical complaints, and examine the procedures involved in the process of responding to an ethical complaint made to the AAMFT Ethics Committee.
Helping Women Heal: Exploring Female Responses to Infidelity
This seminar will explore couple therapy interventions in light of neuroscience indicating men and women respond differently to infidelity. It will focus on the lived experiences of women seeking therapy following the revelation of their partner’s infidelity. Finally, it will examine the role the therapist’s understanding of female-specific responses may play in helping women heal in the therapeutic setting.
RED CROSS TRAINING: Foundations of Disaster Mental Health
MFTs interested in disaster response are invited to attend this training sponsored by the American Red Cross (ARC). Foundations of Disaster Mental Health is a 3-hour course that equips MFTs to serve as disaster mental health (DMH) volunteers with the ARC. MFTs may become involved by deploying to out of town assignments, responding to local disasters, teaching ARC courses, or helping with Service to the Armed Forces functions of the ARC.
SUPERVISION TRACK: No Cookie Cutter Models, Please!
We learn about diversity on so many levels from our clients. The supervisor helps the therapist use the differences and nuances in meaning they hear from their clients to develop a greater sensitivity and effectiveness in their work while also being fearless in addressing those differences. The supervisor also uses the self of the therapist to understand oneself as well as others. We will use real-life therapeutic situations to refine our supervisory models to deal with situations involving cultural, economic , sexual, gender, religious and class differences which effect therapeutic outcome. (This seminar addresses learning objective 7.)
Women: Conversations about Power and Privilege
Martha Gonzalez Marquez
Women’s roles in society have evolved over the last few decades, as has the nature of their power and privilege. Many women experience more power, however few have time to reflect on that evolution. Most women have few (if any) role models and little or no time to thoughtfully and intentionally examine their power and privilege. This session is designed to create space for conversations about the evolution of women’s power and privilege in their personal and professional lives.
Going Beyond Words with Impact Techniques
When working with women or families, one common obstacle is the difficulty to express one’s inner reality and/or fully grasp the other’s position. With the multisensory techniques of Impact Therapy, the therapist can create more direct representations of the difficulties clients are facing—and of possible solutions. Impact Techniques goes beyond words to render abstract ideas tangible, emotions visible, and solutions palpable. This seminar will present dozens of powerful tools to permit women to more fully comprehend and resolve their issues.
Creating Emotional Connection through Gender Equality
Young Joo Kang
Gender imbalances in emotional attunement, influence, vulnerability, and relational responsibility result in relationships that support men more than women. This seminar will draw on current research to explain why gender equality is a foundation for relationship success and illustrate a socio-emotional approach to therapy that helps couples create relationships that support women as well as men.
Hypersexual Behavior Disorder in Women: Assessment and Treatment
M. Deborah Corley
This session will outline criteria for DSM-V proposed hypersexual behavior disorder in women and offer results from research on women identified with this disorder compared to those without. Assessment tools, risk factors, and clinical needs for early, middle and late stages of recovery for the woman and her partner will be introduced. Case examples will be discussed.