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Emotional Focused Couples Therapy with Bipolar Partner

CE Credits: 2.00 Speaker(s): Regina Bordieri, PsyD; Sesen Negash, PhD Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness causing unusually intense and dramatic shifts in mood and energy. Few systemic interventions exist for the treatment of bipolar disorder, despite its effect on family members. This presentation will identify the unique needs of couples coping with bipolar disorder and propose a modified version of Emotionally Focused Therapy for working with these couples.

Ethical Issues for MFT Practice and Supervision

CE Credits: 2.50 Speaker(s): Jeff Bryson, PhD; Benjamin E. Caldwell, PsyD; William F. Northey, PhD This panel presentation will explore contemporary ethical issues in emerging and evolving therapy contexts. Resources for remaining current will be provided. Topics will include: emotional support animals in therapy; tele-mental health considerations; values, politics, and activism in therapy; and combining therapy with non-therapy specializations (such as yoga, coaching, and personal training). Frequently asked questions and common causes of complaints will be reviewed.

Exploring the Horizon of MFTs Globally

CE Credits: 1.25 Speaker(s): Frank Dattilio In this era of globalization, marriage and family therapists have become connected to their international colleagues more than ever. While members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy have been instrumental in developing innovative strides in research, education, training and practice, they have much to benefit from a collegial exchange with professionals in other parts of the world who are equally contributing innovative work in these four domains.

Family Deportation: Implications and Impact on Mental Health

Speaker(s): Sandra Espinoza, Iman Dadras, Hye-Sun Ro Undocumented immigrants living in the United States are victims to a host of risk factors that not only threaten their presence in this country but their psychological well-being. This presentation will facilitate a new discourse within the field of couple and family therapy regarding the role of racism and discrimination as a contributor to the distress in undocumented families.

Family Treatment: Developmental Disabilities

CE Credits: 2.00 Speaker(s): Jeffrey B. Jackson, PhD Parents of children with developmental disabilities report needing more attuned and effective family therapy services. This workshop will prepare participants to better serve families of children with severe developmental disabilities by understanding common stressors these families tend to face and using ambiguous loss as a treatment framework.

FTM: Jul/Aug 2017 Finding Our Place in Mental Health World

The July/August 2017 FTM focuses on: What's Becomes of Family Therapy; The Lasting Impact of Solution Focused Brief Therapy; Bowen's Family Systems Theory Today

FTM: Sep/Oct 2017 Adolescents

The September/October 2017 FTM focuses on: Adolescents; Ten Things Adolescents & Their Families Taught Me about Being Ethical; Understanding the Impact of Homelessness on the Adolescent; Helping Adolescents Become More Resilient; Mental Health and Black Adolescents; Parent-Adolescent Relationships: Dimensions and Profiles

Guardians of the Galaxy: Guiding Youth through Grief

CE Credits: 4.00 Speaker(s): Cadmona A. Hall, PhD; Heather L. Hay, PhD This institute will provide an overview of grief and loss with an emphasis on the unique grief reactions of children utilizing a developmental perspective. Participants will increase their knowledge base connected to theory, research, and practice of clinical work with bereaved youth and their families. The presentation will provide tools for facilitating a supportive environment in the context of grief.

Helping MFTs Understand and Treat Chronic Pain

Millions of adults suffer from daily chronic pain. This impacts not only the person with pain, but the entire family system. There is a very strong bi-directional relationship between chronic pain and mental health. The bio-psycho-social model of chronic pain makes it clear that the most effective pain treatment uses a behavioral approach. Family systems approaches can improve quality of life for all involved. This webinar will examine the current model of chronic pain and explain why opioids commonly makes pain worse and why behavioral therapy is the evidence-based treatment of choice. This will be followed by a summary of the behavioral therapy techniques that will reduce pain and improve quality of life in those who hurt.

High Conflict Divorce and Parenting: Current Interventions

CE Credits: 3.50 Speaker(s): Jeff Chang, PhD; William F. Northey, PhD; Between 5 and 10% of divorces with children can be defined as "high conflict," resulting in protracted litigation, excessive consumption of community resources, and most importantly, broken relationships, and a worsening of mental health problems. The presenters will describe the dynamics of high-conflict families, discuss ethical/legal issues, describe current intervention approaches, and focus on the self of the therapist.