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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.

Legal and Ethical Issues for Marriage and Family Therapists

Speaker: Bruce V. Hillowe, J.D., Ph.D
CE: 2.5

This workshop will review the essential ethical and legal background for the provision of psychotherapy by licensed marriage and family therapists in New York State in the areas of record-keeping, informed consent and mandatory reporting requirements. Practitioners will be provided with templates for general record-keeping, informed consent, HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices, SAFE Act reporting and risk management documentation. Topics will include:

1. Beginning and planning psychotherapeutic treatment.
2. Supervision and consultation.
3. The basics of record-keeping and contents of records.
4. Foundations of standards of care, including statutes, professional regulations, case law and NASW Code of Ethics.
5. Informed consent for all patients and the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices.
6. Special issues of informed consent with adolescents.
7. Special issues with child abuse and neglect identification and reporting in NYS.
8. Assessing and managing at-risk patients, the duty to protect and warn.
9. New York's SAFE Act.

**No Handouts Were Provided**

Making Private Practice a Thriving Career Option

CE Credits: 1.00 Speaker(s): Heather Holmgren and Carly Ostler Many MFT's dream of eventually settling in to private practice. However, workshops, books, online forums and other professionals point to the difficulty of successful practice building. This workshop will tackle the myths of private practice building and demonstrate the basics of successful practice building, including sharing "trade secrets" that can promote a thriving practice.

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 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.

MFTs and Transgender Assessments

CE Credits: 2.00 Speaker(s): Volker K. Thomas, PhD; Tracie A Krum; Candice A. Maier, PhD The workshop presents challenges and opportunities of an LGBTQ clinic in a doctoral CFT program to which transgender clients are referred by physicians for psychosocial assessments. The CFT clinic’s reports help physicians decide whether they will proceed with hormone replacement therapy or sex reassignment surgery. Based on digital recordings the tensions between gatekeeper functions and advocacy will be discussed.

MFTs as Systems Consultants: Predicaments and Possibilities

CE Credits: 1.00 Speaker(s): Shatavia Thomas This workshop will highlight how MFTs are uniquely suited to serve as systems consultants. Consulting opportunities will be reviewed, along with information about role clarification and consultation stages. Systems consultation, though distinct from therapy, involves similar processes of joining, assessing, and collaborating on meaningful change. The presenter will reflect upon lessons learned during a consulting experience with a nonprofit agency.

Models and Fidelity in Integrated Care: Getting Started!

CE Credits: 2.00 Speaker(s): Tai J. Mendenhall, Lisa Zak-Hunter, Laura Sudano, Angela Lamson, Francisco Limon, Rola Aamar, and Jennifer Hodgson In the last five years there has been an explosion of evidence to support patient and family-centered models of integrated behavioral health care. It is important that anyone planning to work in a medical setting with diverse populations learns the essential elements and applications of these models. This 2-part workshop will introduce evidence-based integrated behavioral healthcare models, fidelity methods, and screening protocols that attendees will need to know and understand prior to seeking employment in a medical setting.