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200 Series Descriptions: Friday, October 18, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
200 Sexuality in Family Therapy: It’s Not Just for Couples
Geoffrey Reddick, Katie Rootes & Andrew Brimhall
This workshop will provide therapists the opportunity to learn more
about current research on how therapists’ sexual values and beliefs
impact the delivery of therapeutic services related to sexuality within
both a family and couple context. Attendees will participate in an
experiential exercise that allows for didactic learning and
201 Resiliency and Spirituality using Narrative Techniques
Christie Eppler & Jackie Williams-Reade
Client relationships with spiritual systems such as God/Source/Divine,
rituals, and faith communities are important elements in a client’s
resilience. Participants will explore the intersection of resiliency and
spirituality using current data, spirituality models, and narrative
therapy techniques specifically applied to youth. Experiential
activities will guide participants to gain useful skills needed to
conduct respectful spiritual explorations with clients.
202 Integrating Common Factors into MFT Training
Eli Karam, Adrian Blow, Sean Davis & Douglas Sprenkle
This workshop will focus infusing a common factors (CF) approach into
MFT training programs. Participants will understand the clinical and
empirical rationale behind a moderate CF perspective, see several
examples of established common factor courses in COAMFTE masters and
doctoral programs, and learn specific CF teaching and supervisory
strategies related to MFT core competencies.
203 The Nome Project: It Takes a Child to Raise a Village
This workshop will present a restorative justice program that adapted
Cloe Madanes’ fifteen-step procedure to juvenile sex offences in remote
Alaska Native villages. The steps guided state agencies in empowering
villagers to care for their children rather than removing them. This
cooperative process resolved village family and factional conflicts.
204 COLLABORATIVE HEALTHCARE: Building International Relationships in Family Therapy
Marisol Garcia, Teresa McDowell, Andrae Brown & Pilar Hernandez
In this workshop, presenters will discuss their work in developing
collaborative and long-term relationships with family therapy and
counseling professionals in countries located in the global south.
Presenters will also discuss a framework for professional collaboration
across cultures; core elements of the family therapy field; and consider
how culture, politics, history, and economics influence the process of
sharing work across cultural groups.
205 Preparing Children to Become Sexually Healthy Adults
Ruth Neustifter, Rachel Tambling & Jaime Dice
Supporting the path to sexual maturity has always been challenging,
however, the recent pace of social and technological change has left
many adults wondering how to best help children set a foundation for
healthy sexual development. This engaging workshop will offer useful
applied techniques for therapists and families based in
research-supported theory on family therapy and child development.
206 Clinical Approaches to Fostering American Indian Youth Resilience
C.J. Aducci, Waymon Hinson, Randi Sunray & Joshua Hinson
Rates of substance use, teen pregnancy, and suicide are exceedingly high
within American Indian (AI) youth populations. This workshop overviews
third and fourth generation AI families’ experiences with historical
trauma and their ability to foster resilient qualities in their youth.
Approaches to treating historical trauma that bring about healthy and
resourceful lifestyles for AI youth and their families are presented.
207 Military Couples: Physical Health and Relational Well-being
Angela Lamson, Melissa Lewis, Amelia Muse, Lisa Buchner & Meghan Lacks
This presentation will cover information regarding physical,
psychological, and relational health of military couples. Given the high
reintegration rates, caring for the health of military personnel and
their relationships is essential. Research will be shared from a
clinical research couples’ project. Implications for pre and post
deployment assessments, treatment outcomes, and policy interventions for
military couples will also be presented.
208 CAREER PATHS FOR NEW PROFESSIONALS: The Academic MFT: How to Get Hired, Survive, and Thrive
Megan Dolbin-MacNab & Fred Piercy
This workshop is for MFT graduate students and new faculty. A recently
tenured associate professor and a full professor (and former university
administrator) will discuss the skills necessary to both secure an
academic position and, once hired, to be happy and sucessful. The
presenters also will demystify academic culture and the expectations
209 How Legal Restrictions on Reparative Therapies Impact MFTs
Benjamin Caldwell & Angela Kahn
Landmark legislation signed in 2012 made California the first state to
ban therapists from the use of reparative or conversion therapies on
minors. This workshop will discuss the California Division’s involvement
and position on that legislation, the court challenges to the bill,
where similar efforts stand around the country, and how the larger MFT
profession is impacted.
210 KidsCan!: Facilitating Conversations around Cancer Treatment
Cheyenne Corbett, Patrick Plumeri, Jean Hartford-Todd & Jennifer Harsh
KidsCan! is a supportive program developed at an interdisciplinary
cancer center to help children whose family members are going through an
active cancer treatment. The presenters will address the history of the
program, the benefits described by children and their parents, and
therapeutic tools utilized to create a supportive environment for
families facing this challenging time in their lives.
211 From Socio-Emotionally Attuned Couples to Thriving Children
Carizma Chapman, Johannes Schaepper, Carmen Knudson-Martin, Douglas Huenergardt, Jessica Chen & Veronica Kuhn
This presentation illustrates how couples internalize larger
sociocultural discourses and then transmit those values through
attitudes and behaviors to their children who in turn enact their
familial culture. A case presentation shows how socio-emotional,
relational therapy can effectively support families to retain or dismiss
values and patterns to ultimately empower the family to actualize
212 Pros, Cons, and Tools for Online Supervision
Katherine Hertlein, Branden Henline, Markie Blumer & Georgie Winter
Participants attending this workshop will learn of the benefits and
drawbacks of online supervisory practices. Findings from recent research
investigating the use of cyber technologies among family therapy
supervisors will be provided. Participants will also have an opportunity
to explore the practical application of conducting family therapy
supervision via digital technologies from experienced supervisors,
educators, and researchers of the field.
300 Series Descriptions: Friday, October 18, 2:15 – 4:15 p.m.
300 Love Multiplied: Clinical Practice with Plural Partners and Families
Coreen Haym, Markie Blumer & Anne Prouty
FT professionals are relatively unprepared to meet the needs of working
successfully and sensitively with plural families in a family or
individual context. This presentation will review the relevant
definitions and terms, the prevalence of and different forms of plural
families. Information around the cultural, legal, and social
implications for plural partners and families will be presented, as well
as viewing plural configurations through both systemic and feminist
lenses. We will also discuss ways to manage self-of-the-therapist
concerns in relation to working with members of these diverse family
301 Engaging Children in Family Therapy: Using Play Respectfully
Jennifer Cates, Teresa Christensen, Sondra Beres, Joanna Stratton, Thomas Lonneman Doroff & JoLynne Reynolds
Participants will learn, observe, and discuss three play in family
therapy activities. Participants will view and discuss a videoclip of an
expert using each activity in family session. Two videoclips will
demonstrate the application of the activities with non-dominant
populations and non-traditional family structures. Presenters will
integrate discussion of cultural context for each activity by using the
RESPECTUL Counseling Model.
302 Medical Family Therapy 101: Impact of Childhood Illness
Jackie Williams-Reade, Lindsey Lawson & Daniel Tapanes
Do you know how to respond when your client says they, their child, or a
loved one has a chronic or life-threatening illness? Exploring the
individual and family dynamics related to health and illness is an
important part of MFT practice. Presenters will lead participants
through concepts and frameworks to increase awareness and skills in
responding to health and illness.
303 Building Resiliency in Military Children and Families
Adrian Blow & Christopher Jarman
With millions of service members experiencing the hardships of war and
trauma, clinicians are likely to encounter military families. By
presenting the latest research on military families and effective
interventions for them, this workshop will help clinicians understand
this very large, high-need population while tailoring services to these
clients’ unique experiences. Emphasis is placed on resiliency in
304 COLLABORATIVE HEALTHCARE: Collaborative Care of Maltreated Youth
Bruce Burkland, Cindy Knight, Thomas Concannon & Chris Moll
This session will focus on Marriage and Family Therapists developing
relationships between clients, professionals, and agencies involved in
the treatment of maltreated children and their families. The workshop
will include a review of the importance of relationship, explore how
relationship building happens in the clinical setting and parallel
processes throughout the system, and identify how to put practices into
305 Culturally Competent Treatment of Latino Youth Substance Use
Thomas Kimball, Roy Bean & Sergio Pereyra
Latino adolescents have high rates of drug and alcohol use, when
compared to other ethnicities. Societal discrimination and a number of
cultural elements serve as both risk and protective factors for this
at-risk population. This workshop will review the relevant literature
and present a culturally competent treatment model that attendees can
apply to their clinical practice.
306 Special Play with at-Risk Children and Their Families
Volker Thomas & Tracie Krum
This workshop presents an evidence-based approach to working with
at-risk children and their families using non-directive play techniques
(i.e., filial therapy) and structural family therapy principles to
improve child behavior and the parent-child relationship in a playful
and enjoyable way. The therapist coaches parents to conduct
non-directive special play sessions with their own children and thus
restructure the parent-child relationship.
307 Promoting Well-Being among Children of Immigrants
Angela Kim, Tatiana Glebova, Rajeswari Natrajan-Tyagi & Scott Woolley
This workshop will focus on culturally sensitive and appropriate
understandings, strategies, and interventions for working with children
of immigrants and their families. Participants will gain specific
skills, knowledge, and awareness of how to work with children and
families who have immigrated from East Asia, Northern Eurasia, and South
308 CAREER PATHS FOR NEW PROFESSIONALS: The Competent MFT: Journey from Student to Professional
Diane Gehart, Dana Stone & Quinton Jones
Many new therapists feel lost at sea when navigating the path from
student to intern to licensed clinician to successful therapist. This
workshop is designed to provide those new to the profession with a clear
and down-to-earth description of how to proactively and thoughtfully
become a competent MFT.
309 Children in Care: MFT's as Consultants & Expert Witnesses
Teresa Kintigh & Lee Anne Wichmann
MFTs can play an important role as consultants and expert witnesses in
promoting vibrancy for children in foster care. This workshop identifies
skills required to be a successful consultant and expert witness to
caseworkers, attorneys, and the court system. Understanding topics of
trauma and attachment will be highlighted. Presenters will discuss how
to become comfortable as an expert witness.
310 Solution-Focused Techniques with Children and Their Families
Most assumptions and techniques of the solution-focused (SF) approach
were created for individual adult or adolescent clients. This
interactive workshop will expose participants to SF assumptions
necessary in working with families, including collaborative goal-setting
and systemic interaction that includes children, plus multiple SF
techniques for use with children and their families. Practical, hands-on
learning will be our focus.
311 Parenting Urban Adolescents Through Pervasive Loss & Trauma
This interactive workshop will focus on the experiences of parents of
economically disadvantaged urban adolescents. It will increase
participants’ understanding of these parents’ concerns and their efforts
to help children cope with an abundance of trauma and loss. Ideas will
be generated for designing therapeutic family rituals to support coping
and grieving and for facilitating strength-based conversations about
312 Relational Backpacking for Family Journeys with Autism
Janessa Dominguez, Arlene Brett Gordon, Rochelle Clarke & Marie Joseph
Relational Backpacking for Family Journeys with Autism is a presentation
on a workshop series designed for families coping with Autism Spectrum
Disorder (ASD) through different phases of life. The relational backpack
holds skills and resources for this journey. Participants will learn to
identify, develop, and collect strengths within the family from a
relational perspective, utilizing new and existing strategies.
400 Series Descriptions: Saturday, October 19, 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
400 Professional Development for Mentors of New Supervisors
Cheryl Storm, Thomas Todd & Anne Prouty
Mentoring of new supervisors is a key component of supervisory training.
This workshop will enhance mentors’ capabilities. Seasoned supervisors
will discuss: conceptual shifts required to be a mentor, the
situated/experiential learning aspects of mentoring,
supervision-of-supervision versus coaching-of-supervision, and mentor
self-supervision. As co-learners in this highly interactive workshop,
seasoned supervisors will share their mentoring experiences and
hopefully find other like-minded colleagues.
401 Children Coping with an Ill Parent: Promoting Resilience
Maureen Davey & Laura Lynch
Parental illnesses like depression, cancer, HIV, and diabetes can affect
all levels of the family system: the patient, the couple, and their
children. This workshop will help providers develop more all-inclusive
family support programs, teach new tools to help enhance an already
existing program, and describe a culturally adapted family support group
treatment manual to promote resilience among children and adolescents
who are coping with an ill parent.
402 Decolonizing Therapy with Indigenous Children & Families
Erica Hartwell, Melissa Lewis & Laurelle Myhra
Effective systemic therapy with American Indian children and families is
needed, due to the deleterious effects and intergenerational
vulnerabilities of historical and ongoing cultural losses and trauma.
This workshop will address the biopsychosocial effects of historical
trauma and contextual factors on health disparities among AIs.
Decolonizing strategies and techniques for MFTs working with AI children
and families will be addressed.
403 Interactional Change in Adolescents, Parents, and Family Members
Margaret Keiley, Ali Zaremba Morgan, Christiana Datubo-Brown, Raven Pyle, Alexander Chan & Allen Sabey
This workshop will outline the multiple family group intervention.This
model can help adolescents, parents, and other family members become
more proficient in regulating arousal and reducing reactive
interactional cycles and destructive behaviors. We will describe,
illustrate, and demonstrate the group processes by asking participants
to join us in several ‘mock’ multiple family group examples to
experience, first-hand, how this intervention works.
404 COLLABORATIVE HEALTHCARE: Collaborative Practice with Families in Child Welfare
Heather Farineau, Armeda Stevenson Wojciak, Cassandra Lettenberger-Klein, Cicely Brantley, Sarah Woods & Lenore McWey
This interactive workshop will focus on working with families involved
with the child welfare system. Exploration of challenges and strategies
to overcome these challenges using the systemic lens MFTs are trained
with will be presented. Presenters will employ perspectives of
therapists, child welfare workers, and clients to emphasize best
practices for working with families and the child welfare system.
405 Integration of DSM-5 Personality and Family Functioning
Glenn Veenstra, Jr.
Participants will learn to assess individual personality structure using
the DSM-5 Levels of Personality Functioning that is the most innovative
and foundational aspect of this latest revision. Strong parallels
between family functioning models and the DSM-5 model will be outlined
and used to provide a vision of how family system assessment could be
integrated into future DSM revisions.
406 Pack Your Passports: Multiracial Families in Therapy
Multiracial families and children continue to add to the diversity of
our society and clinical practices at a record pace. This workshop will
increase your understanding of interracial couples’ and multiracial
families’ life narratives and experiences, and learn best therapeutic
practices with these populations.
407 A Skill-ionaire in Every Child: Neurobiology and Social Skills
In this lively presentation, key brain transformative factors and social
intelligence research are combined into a four part conversation map
useful in boosting children’s resiliency, self-confidence, kindness,
empathy, problem-solving skills, and big perspective thinking.
Videotapes, transcripts, creative questions, and demonstrations will
illustrate the use of these thought provoking ideas with all ages and in
any work setting.
408 CAREER PATHS FOR NEW PROFESSIONALS: Demystifying Writing for Publication in MFT
Fred Piercy & Hoa Nguyen
This workshop is intended for those who wish to be successful in writing
for publication in the field of marriage and family therapy. We will
demystify the publication process as well as the thinking and skills
necessary for participants to be successful, published authors of
scholarly MFT articles.
409 Medical Facts that Every MFT Should Know!
Jennifer Hodgson, Tai J Mendenhall, Angela Lamson & Jerica Berge
Tremendous career and practice expansion opportunities exist for MFTs in
the healthcare industry. However, most MFT’s are not trained to
understand basic medical diseases, illnesses, and indicators. This
presentation will introduce attendees to concepts that MFTs who work in
pediatric and adult medical settings should know about. Four common
health issues: diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and obesity will be
410 MFTs in Family Law – Bringing the Child’s Voice into Divorce
With over 1 million children impacted yearly by divorce, MFTs are the
ideal mental health professionals to become child specialists in
advocating for and supporting children through their parent’s divorce.
Collaborative divorce and mediation offer specially-trained mental
health professionals the opportunity to facilitate the voice of the
child and support them in not becoming the silent, hidden victims of
divorce. This workshop will teach participants about the role and
responsibilities of the child specialist including training and tasks
involved in the process as well as the opportunity to work as part of an
interdisciplinary team in collaborative divorce processes.
411 Neurobiology of Child Trauma & Benefit of Expressive Therapy
Trauma eventuates in negative psychological and neurobiological effects
in children. This points to the need for interventions that recognize
these issues, and honors developmental realities. Expressive therapies
have neurological and developmental benefit, particularly for
traumatized children. This workshop explores the neurobiology of
childhood trauma and benefits of using expressive therapies.
412 Socioemotional Processes in Child Neurocognitive Disorders
While the cognitive processes of learning disabilities and AD/HD are
familiar to clinicians, the integrated systems of the brain mediate
accompanying emotional and social patterns of functioning that interact
with family emotional communication. Information will be presented on
cognitive and socioemotional processes of language-based LDs,
perceptually-based LDs and AD/HD, interpersonal effects, and therapy
goals and suggestions.
500 Series Descriptions: Saturday, October 19, 2:15. – 4:15 p.m.
500 The Evidence-Based Clinician: Paradigm for the 21st Century
Whether you are critic, advocate, or confused bystander, this workshop
is designed to expand your understanding of and personal relationship to
evidence-based practices and treatments, especially those for children
and families. Participants will be taken on a grand tour of the MFT
evidence base, including evidence-based practice, common factors,
evidence-based treatments, client-informed therapy, and the
evidence-base for MFT theories.
501 Are We Medicating Vibrancy?: A Cautionary Tale
James Morris, Arnold Woodruff, George Stone & Randolph Fiery
This workshop will explore the contexts of the growth in prescribing for
youth as a first line treatment. Factors explored will be the
over-medicalization of childhood behavior and the influence of the
pharmaceutical industry. The value of systems-oriented family therapy as
an alternative to the medical model treatment of children will be
502 Recovery in the College Years: A Family of Friends
Meri Shadley, Thomas Kimball, Tiffany Brown & Kitty Harris
Without daily support of family, college students search for a place to
belong. For those students who have commenced recovery from substance
and behavioral addictions, a new type of family is emerging - the
collegiate recovery community (CRC). This workshop will detail how CRCs
support young people in recovery and provide a model of support for all
503 Restoration Therapy: Restoring Identity and Safety in Therapy
Terry Hargrave & Sharon Hargrave
Restoration therapy is a new, efficient way for therapist to quickly
assess and intervene in order to produce big changes in individuals and
relationships. By concentrating on the primary issues of identity and
safety, this workshop teaches the practitioner the skills of assessment
and intervention that combine the power of client insight with the
proven methods of change in mindfulness.
504 COLLABORATIVE HEALTHCARE: Responding to Disaster and Trauma: Bridging MFT and Medicine through Interdisciplinary Fieldwork
Tai J. Mendenhall
This workshop will highlight how MFTs and other mental health
professionals work collaboratively with medical providers in
disaster/trauma-response teams. The nature and conduct of this work will
be described, along with common ethical challenges associated with
inter-professional and interpersonal boundaries. Examples from fieldwork
across small-scale and large-scale incidents will be discussed.
505 From Scared to Repaired: Situational Couple Violence and EFT
Christine Schneider & Andrew Brimhall
Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) has historically been contraindicated
for violent couples. However, our expanding knowledge of violence
suggests specialized treatments for different typologies. Understanding
situational couple violence from an attachment-based perspective can
enhance our ability to deal with the relational anxiety underlying some
violent interactions. The presentation will outline attachment-based
time out and safety plan strategies designed to promote physical and
506 Using Technology Interventions with Adolescents and Children
Kathleene Derrig-Palumbo & Liza Eversole
Online therapy is an effective medium for helping adolescents and
children, especially when they are unwilling or unable to receive
traditional, face-to-face therapy. Through lecture, demonstrations, and
case presentations, participants will learn technology interventions and
online therapy best practices to legally and ethically better serve the
growing population of adolescents and children using the Internet.
507 Spirituality, the ‘Social Brain’, and Family Therapy
Family therapy is uniquely positioned among mental health disciplines to
embrace the discourses of spirituality and the ‘social brain’, applying
the systemic/ecological paradigm to understanding human suffering,
yearning, and growth. In this workshop, theoretical implications and
clinical applications will be discussed utilizing core spiritual and
existential issues of compassion, gratitude, interconnection,
acceptance, responsibility, and authenticity to describe therapeutic
benefits of their use in work with families, couples, and individuals.
508 CAREER PATHS FOR NEW PROFESSIONALS: Journey of the Pre-Clinical Fellow
Eli Karam, Patricia Sheldon & Amanda Dishon
This workshop is designed for current and future Pre-Clinical Fellows
looking for resources and strategies to thrive on the road to licensure
as a marriage and family therapist. Participants will explore
professional challenges, understand the benefits of this level of AAMFT
membership, and learn practical tips to integrate into their current
career stage and professional setting.
509 Empowering Families in the Treatment of Children with OCD
This experiential workshop will show how to include family members in
the treatment of Obsessive-Cumpulsive Disorder (OCD) for children. There
will be a review of the most common forms and causes of OCD in
children. The current research on the enhanced effectiveness of using
family therapy will be presented and then four specific strategies,
using audience participation, for utilizing family therapy be
510 Foundational Principles of Home-Based Family Therapy
Camille Lafleur & Una Henry
This presentation will address the principles surrounding effective
in-home family therapy by bridging primarily office-based training to
in-home work. It will also address the challenges associated with
working with families in their homes and explore the importance of
utilizing supervision to support the unique challenges of providing
home-based treatment. It will address the role therapists’ self-care
plays in home-based treatment.
511 Cultural Neuroscience: Child and Adolescent Brain Development
Manijeh Daneshpour & Iman Dadras Konestani
Cultural neuroscience has the potential to shed light on how social and
cultural contexts interact with brain development. Drawing on insights
from psychology, sociology, and anthropology this presentation focuses
on children and adolescent brain and discusses cultural context of
neuroscience research to examine critical ways that marriage and family
therapists can utilize this information in working with families.
512 Understanding and Managing Anxiety in Families with Children
Adriana Dunn & Mary-Michael Levitt
This presentation will focus on enabling clinicians to distinguish
between normal developmental anxiety and disruptive anxious behaviors in
families with children and adolescents. Systemic strategies for helping
families address disruptive behaviors with anxiety as an underlying
factor will be provided. Case examples, including pre-school separation
anxiety, school refusal, and childhood aggression will be discussed in
an interactive format.