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Online Therapy: A Systemic, Ethical, and Practice Approach

Speaker(s): Aaron Norton, Jaclyn Cravens, Shelly Smith, Jennifer Labanowski As society moves into the digital age so too should the field of marriage and family therapy. Today's practicing MFTs need innovation, focused training, and education on telemental health services. Clinicians will leave this session with focused information on the systemic, practical, and ethical considerations to help them integrate online services to their practice.

Online Therapy: Taking a Not Knowing Position

Speaker: Richard P. Long, PhD, LMFT
CE Credits: 1.5

This course is provided by the Telehealth and Technology Network; find out more and how to join at

“Nothing is permanent but change,” said the Greek philosopher Heraclitus fifty-eight hundred years ago. If that is true, then we as therapists have a responsibility to consider what it means to provide clients an alternative to in-person therapy—delivery via technology-assisted services, telehealth, telemental health, or online therapy. With the publication of 2017 Report of the Online Therapy Workgroup, MFT’s can no longer take a not knowing’ position when it comes to delivering therapy online. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of ethical and regulatory issues, training programs, clinical issues and selected best practice guidelines for the delivery of therapy using telehealth.

Play Time’s Over: Diagnosing Video Game Addiction

CE Credits: 1.50 Speaker(s): Sarah Hays, Justine Mastin, and Larisa Garski In this presentation, we aim to help clinicians gain competence in the context of gaming and geek content - particularly video games. We will take a philosophical look at the theories behind video game play and gameplay generally (ludology), the theory of virtually being (ontology), what video game play really is as a behavior, and the relationships gained both parasocially and intrasocially through play. In parallel, we will discuss the semantic and contextual considerations surrounding addiction. This will lead to a thoughtful conversation addressing the diagnosis of behaviors, symptoms, and accuracy of diagnoses specifically surrounding disordered and healthy video game play. We will discuss potential pitfalls involved in this process including client honesty, comprehensive scope of symptom consideration, billing pressure, and client-family report. Clinicians who attend this workshop will have insight to the culture of video games and how to more accurately address the concept of addiction in context of an evolving digital and technological world.

Preparing Children to Become Sexually Healthy Adults

CE Credits: 2.00 Speaker(s): Ruth C. Neustifter, PhD; Harry Shuster, MA; 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.

Providing Quality Care to LGBT Patients

CE credit: 2 Speaker: Alex Karydi

In this two hour webinar, participants will learn ways to provide affirming and inclusive health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, patients. LGBTQ populations must navigate the typical challenges of life while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual and gender minority identities. As a result, many LGBT individuals are at higher risk for certain behavioral and emotional issues, homelessness, victimization, and suicide. This module discusses the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBT populations, and describes ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Through sensitive, confidential communication, clinicians can become a vital source of support for this vulnerable population

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Raising Vibrant Children: Research Reveals the Critical Role

CE Credits: 1.50 Speaker(s): Martha E. Wadsworth Converging evidence from neuroscience, psychology, and biology shows that a well-developed psychobiological stress response system that supports healthy coping and self-regulation is critical to the development of vibrant children—children who thrive even when faced with difficult life circumstances. Dr. Wadsworth will synthesize current evidence demonstrating the critical roles of stress reactivity and regulation in fostering resilience, present exciting new research showing the biological underpinnings of healthy self-regulation, and introduce new findings from her own research showing the dynamic interplay between the physiologic stress responses systems (e.g., hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis) and children’s cognitive and behavioral coping and self-regulation responses to stress.

Responding to Disaster and Trauma

CE Credits: 2.00 Speaker(s): Tai J Mendenhall, PhD 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.

Rethinking Sex Addiction

Speaker(s): Michael Vigorito and Douglas Braun-Harvey Typically called "sex addiction" or "sexual compulsivity," out of control sexual behavior (OCSB) remains a controversial topic. In the absence of an established diagnosis, the authors propose an evidence-based protocol to guide treatment with men concerned about sexual dysregulation. Presenters will review the components of their protocol, factors that contribute to OCSB, and six sexual health principles.

Rural Mental Health: Preparing to Work in Rural Communities

CE credits: 2 Speaker: M. Evan Thomas

This presentation will provide an overview of rural communities and the unique culture that resides in them. Multiple students conducted by the presenter will be discussed, and these studies have focused on: screening for substance misuse in rural communities, church leaders experiences discussing mental health in rural communities, the unique language that some rural communities have to discuss their healthcare symptoms, and the use of Trauma-Informed Care in rural communities.

Sexual Resensitization for Christians with Sexual Shame

CE Credits: 1.00 Speaker(s): Andrew Mercurio This workshop explores the traumatized sexual mind of Christian clients troubled by sexual shame in heterosexual marriage. Sex-negative legacies, transmitted throughout the history of Christianity, will be examined along with a focus on "sexual re-sensitization" as a therapeutic goal for constructing healthier sexual narratives. Interventions will be framed by sex-positive Christian teachings and integrated with Bowenian, Contextual and Narrative therapies.