2013 Institutes for Advanced Clinical Training

As a marriage and family therapist, we know that you are interested in finding excellent professional development opportunities. This year the AAMFT Winter Institutes are sure to meet your expectations with workshops on important topics ranging from suicide to treating military families, and the popular Supervision Refresher course. Each of the seven workshops offered this year will provide you with an opportunity to learn and share with some of the top clinicians in the field as well as network with colleagues from all over the world.
3/6/2013 - 3/10/2013
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Program

   

Wednesday, 06 March 2013

 
To maintain the highest quality supervisors in the field, the AAMFT requires AAMFT Approved Supervisors to take a 5-hour refresher course prior to the renewal of their designation. This one-day course is designed specifically to meet that requirement and to keep participants on the cutting edge of clinical supervision practice.
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM
his 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. By the end of the course, participants will be able to articulate a beginning philosophy of supervision that reflects their preferred personal model of supervision, their choices of supervisory modalities, as well as their preferred supervisory roles. This interactive institute includes a variety of exercises and group discussions and prepares participants to supervise in a variety of therapy settings including private practice, agencies, and academia. There are significant required readings prior to the institute. Also, written assignments must be satisfactorily completed within one year after the course in order to receive a certificate of completion. Information regarding required readings will be provided with registration materials.
3/6/2013 4:30 PM - 3/10/2013 5:00 PM
4:30 PM

Thursday, 07 March 2013

 
Sexual concerns are a common complaint from clients, but learning how to address their specific needs can be difficult. This institute offers participants the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills for couples, families and singles throughout the lifespan, which can enhance or expand their practice. The ability to offer skilled assessment and intervention in the areas of intimacy and sexuality to a wide range of clients can enhance any family practice. Taking a respectful, yet intensive approach, this institute will cover sexual concerns and well-being from a relational perspective. Participants will explore the three areas of: diagnosis and treatment of couples presenting with sexual dysfunction and disorders; assessment and treatment of fetishes, compulsive/impulsive sexual behavior and “sex addiction”; and dynamics of interpersonal and family relationships and sexuality. Participants will leave with a strong skill set to provide excellence in relational therapy for sexual concerns.
3/7/2013 8:00 AM - 3/10/2013 1:00 PM
8:00 AM
Now considered an epidemic, the disease of addiction touches individuals, families and communities in profound and personal ways. Adolescent substance use is tearing families apart and has huge implications for our clinical practice as marriage and family therapists. MFTs are in a unique position to offer help to families who have struggled with addiction or have children currently suffering from addictive disorders. In this institute, family therapists will gain skills necessary to helping adolescents and their families with this all too common concern. Participants will begin by gaining a basic understanding of the neurobiology of addiction and recovery, as well as the general landscape of addiction and recovery, in order to develop valuable therapuetic insight into adolescents’ unique issues related to the process of addiction. Important considerations stemming from the impact of ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation on treatment and recovery will be explored.
3/7/2013 8:00 AM - 3/10/2013 1:00 PM
8:00 AM
Play has universal appeal to children and it is their preferred mode of communication. Using play they express themselves, learn new skills, problem-solve, and it is also quite often where they feel the most comfortable and safe. Yet, to imagine that children are the only people who can benefit from play is short-sighted and limiting. Adults and older youth can also feel themselves drawn to play activities and may find it a much easier and protected way to communicate and reach out to each other. In these hectic times, with many adult demands, play therapy can be a useful way of giving all family members an opportunity to convene, play, talk, and enjoy each other’s company while addressing difficult topics. This Institute is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of how play therapy strategies can be utilized in the assessment and treatment of all families. Dr. Eliana Gil will provide a rationale for using play therapy in the assessment and treatment of families, and present a variety of play techniques that can be integrated with traditional family therapy sessions. This Institute will offer intimate and personal instruction in a fun and creative atmosphere. The primary mode of learning will be experiential, followed by small group discussions of clinical videotapes. Participants will have opportunities to learn how play therapy elicits metaphors that be amplified to deepen the client’s understanding and can inform treatment planning at the same time.
3/7/2013 8:00 AM - 3/10/2013 1:00 PM
8:00 AM
Health crises can bring out both the best and the worst in people, and dealing with these high intensity issues requires the therapist to be firmly grounded in systemic thinking and to use a therapeutic approach that can be equally effective with couples, children, families, and the broader family system. This workshop will explore how the Crucible Approachÿ, a differentiation-based therapy model founded by Schnarch, provides a reliable framework for addressing the myriad and multi-layered issues that arise for families when one member (either an adult or child) is living with chronic or serious illness. In this workshop, participants will explore a variety of couple and family dynamics that are associated with coping with chronic illness. We will look at how normal differentiation struggles are exacerbated by illness, as well as identify patterns that emerge specific to managing serious/chronic medical problems. Attention will be given to marital dyads, as well as larger family constellations, which include a child or adult with chronic illness. Dr. Morehouse will strive for an optimum blend between elucidating Crucible theory and a strong emphasis on active learning through case application, video clips, a series of brief clinical demonstrations by the presenter, and small group discussions and activities designed to enhance participants’ clinical interventions.
3/7/2013 8:00 AM - 3/10/2013 1:00 PM
8:00 AM
Marriage and family therapy has become the treatment of choice for a number of behavioral health problems including substance abuse, childhood behavior problems, and marital distress. Research has shown that MFT is an effective intervention, often outperforming individual treatments. In this institute, participants will not only learn about the cutting-edge of marriage and family therapy interventions, but also the foundational models that support many of these newer approaches. This institute is specifically designed for mental health practitioners who want to obtain an understanding of the major family therapy models and their theoretical underpinnings. This may include professionals from other healthcare disciplines who are seeking formal training in systems theory and family therapy. The institute is also ideal for marriage and family therapists who are looking for a refresher in the major models, and some of the evidence-based models, before sitting for the licensing exam. Through pre-institute readings, lectures, videos, discussion, and exercises, participants can expect to learn or re-learn foundational material in family therapy. Attendees will also discover how this material contributes to newer, evidence-based models, learn what populations are best served by these models, and gain practice in using the tools of the models.
3/7/2013 8:00 AM - 3/10/2013 1:00 PM
8:00 AM

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