Conference Institutes

Thursday, October 5, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.



Intro to Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance Use Disorders

Keith Klostermann

Theresa Mignone

This intermediate workshop provides preliminary training for those interested in implementing Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance Use Disorders (BCT-SUD). This workshop will use lecture, video, didactic discussion, role play, real play and case examples to allow participants to gain theoretical and practical introduction to implementing BCT-SUD.



You, Me, and OCD: A Family Based Approach

Kenneth Phelps

The intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors characteristic of OCD can profoundly interrupt a family’s life. This institute will summarize the diagnosis, conceptualization, and treatment of this disorder. Specific presentations of OCD, including childhood-onset, perinatal, and relationally focused subtypes, will be overviewed. Recent family-based approaches (e.g. positive family interaction therapy, partner assisted exposure/response prevention) will also be described in detail.



High Conflict Divorce and Parenting: Current Interventions

Jeff Chang

William Northey

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.



Restoring Resilience Through Emotionally Focused Family Therapy

James Furrow

Gail Palmer

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) provides a powerful approach to foster resilient families through deepening emotional engagement, sharing attachment needs, and working through relational injuries. Following the empirically supported practices of EFT this presentation reviews the principles and practices guiding intervention with a family’s emotional dynamics demonstrating the restorative power of secure attachment to heal and promote resilience.



Beyond the Couch: Using MFT skills with organizations.

Bryan Miller

Building on 18 years of contracting experience, Dr. Miller will help attendees learn how to use MFT skills and knowledge with organizations. This includes providing Employee Assistance services, training, coaching or human systems consulting. Beyond the Couch focuses on identifying opportunities, developing exploratory meetings, designing proposals, pricing services, and get contracts--while avoiding the dangers of scope creep, or unethical practices.



Becoming a Systemic Digital Therapist: Using BITs in MFT

Morgan Stinson

Deepu George

Andrea Meyer

With recent technological advances, clinicians are challenged to learn behavioral intervention technologies (BITs) in order to promote positive change for clients. In this institute, clinicians are introduced to BITs through clinical case studies and experiential activities. By utilizing BITs in systemic practice, MFTs can enhance therapeutic outcomes by implementing interventions outside of the therapy room.



Problem-Solving Directive Therapy with Tough Teens and Families

Jerome Price

Families of out-of-control teens typically come to therapy having undergone multiple individual therapies with no success. Family therapy offers what few therapies do...measurable outcomes and identifiable success. This workshop will offer a step-by-step process for bringing about change through Directive Intervention. Jerome Price has trained thousands of therapists in various countries focusing on how to create change using practical methods.



Modernizing MFT Service Delivery with Walk-in/Single-Sessions

Monte Bobele

Arnold Slive

It has been well established that clients’ readiness for change is highest at the time they decide to contact a therapist . This workshop will assist participants in adding walk-in services to their practices to capitalize on this motivation. This workshop describes how to 1) organize walk-in services in schools, agencies and private offices. 2) conduct effective walk-in/single sessions.



On Being Ambassadors for Family Therapy in the “Real” World

Arnold Woodruff

Jackie Sparks

James Morris

Paula Ochs

George Stone

This Institute will provide participants with an understanding of the position of family therapy in the behavioral health world. The development of family therapy and the emergence of biological models will be compared. Through didactic and experiential methods, Institute participants will be given research-based information and resources that they can use in their work settings to support a systemic mindset.



Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies for MFTs

Michael Pipich

Bipolar disorder patients wait an average of nearly 10 years for proper treatment. In this presentation, participants will learn bipolar diagnostic applications and a three-phase approach to bipolar therapy. Techniques to treat denial and improve acceptance among bipolar patients and families are presented, along with collaborative and educational models to improve treatment outcomes towards long term disease management.



The Use of Play Therapy in Family Therapy

Trudy Post Sprunk

This interactive workshop will include: the advantages of family play therapy, techniques, discussion, videos, and lecture. Attendees role play a variety of simple and inexpensive approaches that integrate play therapy with family therapy.