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How to Resolve Toxic Discourse

Speaker: Michael Gottlieb Today's increasingly partisan political climate and the division it sometimes engenders creates unique challenges for family members who find themselves on opposite sides of a particular issue. Mental health professionals must navigate between and among disputing family members, while managing their own views, thoughts, and feelings in the therapy room. While Washington DC might not seem an obvious source for guidance on this particular topic, those who live and work there must navigate these challenges daily-often hourly-as they engage with friends, colleagues, and family on all sides of a particular issue. What can be learned from that experience? And how can it be applied to therapeutic practice? No Handouts provided.

I Have Something To Tell You: Conversations of Sexual Abuse

CE Credits: 1.25 Speaker(s): Aaron M. Norton, PhD; Catherine V. Boynton, MS; Dolores M. Gonzalez; Jasmine N. Moore This workshop will help new and experienced therapists process childhood sexual abuse (CSA) in family therapy. It will review fundamental knowledge and techniques in working with child victims of sexual abuse using several art and drama therapy tools to increase their efficacy when working with families of children who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.

Integration of New Technologies

Speaker(s): Richard Bischoff, Paul Springer, Nathan Taylor, Vanessa Neuhaus The use of telecommunications and other technologies have become popular in mental health care, with research showing that they are effective, cost-efficient, and beneficial. Although these tools are ubiquitous, clinicians need to be trained to use them. This workshop will discuss adapting interventions and strategies used for providing telemental health therapy.

Love Wins: A Dialogue with Nelba Marquez-Greene

CE Credits: 1.50 Speaker(s): Nelba L. Marquez-Greene, MA; Michael L. Chafin, MEd In what has become an all too frequent occurrence, December 14, 2012 was a day rocked by violence as 20 elementary school students and 6 adult staff members lost their lives in the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. One of those children lost was 6-year old Ana, daughter of AAMFT Clinical Fellow Nelba Márquez-Greene. In the ensuing two and a half years, her life re-shaped by the tragic events, Ms. Márquez-Greene has been driven by her family motto “love wins” and a desire to ensure her daughter’s life is remembered twice as loudly as her death. Her journey has led her to every level of government, media, and the public to increase understanding and awareness to prevent violence and promote healing. Join us as AAMFT Past President Michael Chafin speaks with Nelba about her journey and ways she believes all mental health professionals can work to help prevent future tragedies.

Medical Family Therapy: Brief Therapy

CE Credits: 3.50 Speaker(s): Jacqueline Williams-Reade, PhD; Cassidy J. Freitas, PhD; Veronica P. Kuhn, PhD; As the field of healthcare expands to include mental health professionals, marriage and family therapists will have increased opportunities to participate. If you are interested in working in a medical setting or want to better understand how to address clients’ medical issues in your current practice, this presentation will introduce the primary Medical Family Therapy concepts needed to provide important assessment and intervention.

Mental health in a transitional resettlement community

CE Credits: 1.00 Speaker(s): Charity Somo, Desiree Seponski, Denise Lewis, and Savannah Young Refugees often come from devastating circumstances such as war and crimes against humanity; consequently they are vulnerable to numerous mental health disorders. When mental health treatment is delivered during the first three years following relocation, refugees can show meaningful recovery. This workshop will present the implementation of a series applied to address mental health needs of recent refugees.

MFT Career Opportunities with the VA - February 10, 2021

This event will feature a presentation by staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss career opportunities for MFTs to be employed as VA providers in Vet Centers and VA healthcare facilities. This presentation will discuss the VA's role in providing behavioral healthcare, and a description of MFT career opportunities within the VA. In addition, the presentation will include a description of VA mental health resources that can be used by any MFTs who are providing care to Veterans outside the VA.

The presenters will be:

  • Stacey Pollack, PhD - National Director Program Policy Implementation - VHA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
  • Stan Huff, EdD, LMFT, CADC - Marriage and Family Therapy Program Supervisor - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston TX
  • Kelly Tyner, Ph.D, LMFT-S - Associate District Director Counseling - Readjustment Counseling Service
One continuing education (CE) credit is available for those who attend the event live. The CE credit is not available to those who do not attend live to watch this webinar. This event is free to AAMFT members and only open to current members.

Please email if you have any questions.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021
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MFT Consultants: Working with Low-Income Communities

CE Credits: 2.00 Speaker(s): Brian J. Distelberg; Lauren D Foster, PhD; Elsie S. Lobo, MS; Ginger Glenn Simonton; Mr. Mark D. Buchholz This workshop will demonstrate how participants can expand their clinical work to their larger community. We will present varying community based research models from the MFT literature and illustrate our own community based action oriented model has been effective at reducing low income family stressors such as homelessness, veteran mental health struggles and socioeconomic mobility through housing assistance programs.

MFTs and Collaborative Healthcare: Behavioral Health

CE Credits: 1.00 Speaker(s): Jacqueline Williams-Reade, PhD; Gabriela E. Gutierrez; Elsie S. Lobo, MS With the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, there is a growing demand for mental health professionals who are able to address both mental and medical issues in their clinical practice. MFTs have increasing opportunities to participate in collaborative care and our unique training in systems theory is a valuable addition to bring to the table. If you are interested in working in a medical setting or want to better collaborate with medical professionals you currently work with, this workshop will introduce the primary knowledge, attitude, and skills needed to effectively begin and sustain effective collaborative relationships.

Minimum Standards for Systemic Therapy Applications

This report offers an in-depth analysis involving the use of apps within mental health and systemic family therapy. Standards, levels of learning, and a usability scale are offered.
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