Seminars
600 Series Descriptions: Sunday, October 19, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

600 - RED CROSS TRAINING: Foundations of Disaster Mental Health
Vickie Wiese
Marriage and family therapists nterested 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 Armed Forces functions of the ARC.

601 - Family Coaching: Implementing Family-Centered Care in the NICU
Robert Marrs, Sharon Hempel
This seminar will illustrate how family-centered care can be implemented in a hospital setting. Presenters will demonstrate one model of service delivery that was successfully implemented in a newborn intensive care unit. Presenters will also discuss strategies for successful integration in medical settings. This includes both project and relationship management as well as the necessity of consumer support.

602 - Ethical Issues for MFT Practice: Updates for 2014
Mike Bishop, Sallie Campbell, P. Kay Ward, Shelley Green
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.

603 - Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy for Therapeutic Parenting
Amber LeFevour
The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy model has been helpful in treating children experiencing attachment difficulties, particularly in the foster care and adoption systems. The movement of Therapeutic Parenting for attachment disorder will be discussed in detail to teach clinicians the fundamental skills to work with some of the most challenging family cases.

604 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth and their Families: A Time to Heal
Alex Karydi
LGBT youth face severe harassment in school, rejection from family, and are at increased risk of homelessness. Clinicians need a better understanding of our LGBT youth in the school, as well as therapeutic tools for working with their families. This session will provide a review of the three key educational barriers for LGBT youth-bullying, family rejection, and homelessness-and brings participants up to speed on recent research and findings affecting this population. Attendees will have a better understanding LGBT youth in the school and juvenile system and resources to advocate for them within all systems, as well as therapeutic tools for working with their families. There will be an experiential cultural/minority group activity, handouts, and audiovisual resources used during the session to ease the learning process.

605 - Relational Financial Therapy: Bridging Finances and Therapy
Donald Ross, Jerry Gale, Alycia DeGraff
Bridging therapeutic skill sets with financial counseling techniques allow therapists to better address the financial stressors and issues presented by clients. The presenters will teach therapists how to appropriately communicate about financial stressors, teach common financial therapy interventions, address specific financial issues, be aware of potential ethical implications, and address common cognitive and emotional biases in financial decision making.

606 - Ethical Challenges of Distance-Based Supervision
Georgie Winter, Roxanne Bamond
Participants attending this seminar will learn of the challenges of distance based supervisory practices. Participants also will have an opportunity to view videotapes of ethical scenarios and participate in discussions of issues relevant to those scenarios led by experienced supervisors currently engaged in distance-based supervision

607 - Patterns that Connect: Using Relational Neuroscience in MFT
Suzanne Midori Hanna, Deepu George, Morgan Stinson
Brain research encourages attention to biopsychosocial and spiritual dimensions of clinical work. Interventions that are body-oriented align with human stress responses and reward systems. This presentation reviews brain basics and creative pivot points across individual, couple, family, and community domains. Exercises address self of the therapist and denonstrate how to integrate neuroscience principles with attachment-related clinical processes.

608 - Digital Youth, Innovation & the Unexpected
Michael Morton
This seminar will present critical issues involving digital technology and consequences for parents, children, partners, and family affected by compulsive behaviors enhanced by this technology and ease of access to unhealthy, and sometimes illegal content. Case studies of young people will be presented addressing, discovery, disclosure, boundaries, and recovery through the lens of intensive residential treatment and family therapy.

609 - Hoarding Disorder: How to Diagnose, Assess, Treat Individuals & Families
Janet Yeats, Jennifer Sampson-Susag
Hoarding Disorder is a mental health disorder with public safety implications. Hundreds of thousands of Americans hoard; the numbers of family members and community members impacted by hoarding behaviors is in the millions. With the addition of hoarding disorder to DSM-5, it is imperative that therapists educate themselves on effective and practical treatment approaches with those affected by hoarding.

610 - Walk-in Counseling Services: An International Perspective
Arnold Slive, Monte Bobele, Jason Platt, Nancy McElheran, Irma Rodriguez
The opportunity for clients to receive therapy services without the hurdle of a prior appointment is the basis of walk-in, single-session counselling services. An international panel of clinicians will describe the implementation of walk-in services in Canada, México and the USA. Brief client stories, efficacy research, operational structures, cultural complexities, and start-up challenges will enrich the descriptions of the services.

611 - Using Client Feedback in Supervision: Innovations in Training
William Pinsof, Jennifer McComb, Rachel Mirecki, Jacob Goldsmith
Using client feedback in supervision provides supervisors access to important information about trainees’ clinical work. This seminar will discuss the development of a client-report change measure (the Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change), and provide a rationale for its use in supervision. Findings from a mixed methods study will highlight the facilitators and constraints to implementation and inform recommendations for use.

612 - Bringing Depth into Brief Therapy with Awareness Integration Model.
Foojan Zeine
Every human being has the capability of living a fulfilled life, yet one’s childhood experiences repeatedly sabotages learning and utilizing new skills to obtain and maintain being fulfilled. This seminar will explore Awareness Integration Model, a structured brief therapy approach that utilizes deepening techniques to release negative core beliefs, emotional charges, set goals and action plans toward the desired results.

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