600 Series Descriptions: Sunday, October 20, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
600 RED CROSS TRAINING: Foundations of Disaster Mental Health
Carol Gross & Bob Porter
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.
601 Military Sexual Trauma: A Public Health Hazard
Elizabeth Stinson & Tia Christopher
Military sexual trauma (MST) is sexual assault and/or harassment in a
U.S. military setting where either or both the victim or the perpetrator
can be a member of the military both stateside and abroad. Military
Sexual Trauma impacts the survivor, the family system, and the
community. The seminar will provide a comprehensive clinical treatment
as well as a cultural competency training to help providers recognize
and bridge the differences between civilian induced trauma and treatment
and military service induced trauma. Training introduces best practices
of treatment of complex and repeated trauma that in some cases has been
endured through multiple deployments. The impact of the trauma on the
family system is identified and addressed.
602 Systemic Integration of Narrative Therapy with REBT in Adolescent Addiction Treatment
This seminar will integrate three foundational approaches to family
therapy: Constructivist concepts of channels of experience and
cognition; narrative therapy processes of dominant stories or messages;
and the role of negative core beliefs as addressed in rational emotive
therapy. The presenters will address the surfacing of stories or core
beliefs that sustain the problem and will address the possibility of
misaligned interventions being experienced as equally traumatizing as
the original problem.
603 Ethical Issues for MFT Practice: 2013
Mike Bishop, Sallie Campbell, Shelley Green, Jennifer Marsh & Roberta Graham
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.
604 COLLABORATIVE HEALTHCARE: Motivational Interviewing in a Collaborative Healthcare Setting
Jerica Berge & Tai Mendenhall
There is a growing need for motivational interviewing (MI) techniques in
medical family therapy (MedFT) settings to address lifestyle behavior
changes such as smoking cessation, obesity prevention, and diabetes
management. Although MI is an evidence-based practice for lifestyle
behavior change, most MedFTs are not trained in it. This seminar will
introduce MI theory, clinical applications, and training techniques for
605 How to End Hurt and Fear (Bullying) At Elementary Schools
This seminar will present a multidimensional systemic clinical
intervention for students attending elementary schools. It promotes the
development of relational skills for possible attackers and victims, and
the abolition of the label 'bully' to avoid self-fulfilling prophecies.
Children learn new skills to cope and redirect aggressiveness
constructively with interventions that invite performance, creativity,
co-action, and humor.
606 From Both Sides Now: Adopting an Older Child
Eric Johnson & Mandy Silowka
Ten years ago, Mandy, a 13-year-old Hispanic girl, was adopted by a
middle class White family. In this seminar, the expectations and
experience of adoption will be explored from the perspectives of both
the adopted child and her adoptive father. Issues of attachment,
cultural differences, conflicts and solutions will be discussed, with
implications for family therapy with adoptive families.
607 Dialogues with Mexican Youth at Risk: Building Resiliency
Leticia Cristina Pileski, Jason Platt, Kenneth Andersen, Thomas Veeman & Sterling Funk
Dialogues with youth offenders and fostered and orphaned children living
in Mexico City are inspired with theater and other experiential
activities. Providing these children with an audience permits them to
develop a voice and become protagonists of their own experiences,
thereby improving resiliency. This workshop will demonstrate various
activities used with Mexican children at risk.
608 Specialized Family Therapy Promoting Healthy Co-parenting
Maurice Heidish & Shauna Staranko
When parents end a romantic relationship, efforts to raise vibrant
children together can become strained. This presentation teaches
co-parenting counseling involving custody-related issues and
reconciliation counseling with estranged parents/children. Specialized
family therapy integrates techniques from MFT theories to promote child
wellbeing through cooperative co-parenting. It will also prepare
therapists to provide safe environments for co-parenting resolution and
nurturing parent-child relationships.
609 The Father Factor: How Men Influence the Health of Families
This seminar on The Father Factor will discuss how fathers relate with
their children by focusing on the uniqueness of father-child bonding,
the many influences on a father’s involvement, and the impact of a
responsibly involved father on the overall health of his children. It
will also offer ideas for engaging fathers in therapeutically productive
conversations about their role.
610 Solution-Focused Play Therapy with Children and Families
Pamela King, Amber Willis & Darryl Haslam
This interactive seminar will explore ways of being with children and
families that are systemic, helpful, playful, and future-oriented.
Concrete examples of applying solution focused practices to therapy with
children including scaling with toys, miracle questions, exploring
exceptions to the problem, and co-creating potential solutions will be
demonstrated through video tape, role-play, and discussion.
611 Addressing the Unique Dynamics of Parenting in Stepfamilies
This seminar will be an interactive exploration of the unique issues
faced in step family work, including: Pre-marital counseling for step
families, issues of love and loss for children and parents,
communication strategies with the ex’s and extended families, marriage
and the integration years (0-7 years), solidifying and enhancing new
family identity (8 years +), and a video panel of adults raised in a
612 Outsider-Witness Adolescent Group Therapy in School Settings
Corinne Scholtz & James Hibel
A school-based, therapy group for adolescent girls, informed by
outsider-witness practices has generated new approaches around ‘at-risk’
behaviors and self-esteem. Based on a mixed method research design,
this seminar will discuss adolescent self-esteem and sexuality, peer
pressure, poor academic performance, drug and alcohol use, and body
image. Participants will explore ways to implement these ideas within a
multi-cultural educational system.