Sunday, October 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.



Ethical Issues and Strategies for Practice in Healthcare Contexts

Tai Mendenhall

Jennifer Hodgson

Angela Lamson

Working in a healthcare setting means applying your ethical principles in different ways. In fact, some professions are developing separate codes of ethics just for their members who are practicing in integrated behavioral health care settings. This seminar will compare and contrast the multidisciplinary codes of ethics commonly found in healthcare settings and highlight opportunities for shared understanding and possible differences. Case scenarios written by MFTs who have practiced in medical settings for years will highlight some of the potential challenges and lessons learned.



Beyond the Dyad: Working with Consensual Non-Monogamy

Sheila Addison

Today’s MFTs must acknowledge that intimacy can go beyond the monogamous dyad. Consensual non-monogamy (e.g. open relationships, polyamory, etc.) poses a challenge to therapists trained in traditional couple models. This presentation addresses common issues such as goal-setting, balancing the therapeutic relationship, and creating safety while managing conflict among multiple clients. Issues of therapist values and bias will also be explored.



The Forgiveness Possibility

Jesica Eames

Robert Patterson

Wendy Palmer Patterson

Brian Earnes

Couples dealing with betrayal require a comprehensive set of skills to aid in their journey. The one piece that is most longed for, but often the hardest to get our arms around is Forgiveness. This seminar will explore the tools available to couples in Imago Relationship Therapy and their applications toward the possibility of Forgiveness.



Emotion-Deepening Techniques in Attachment-Based Family Therapy SESSION FULL

Jody Russon

Guy Diamond

Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) uses attachment theory to facilitate conversations about core ruptures that are blocking parent-child trust. Emotion-deepening techniques are essential to creating meaningful change experiences in ABFT. In this seminar, presenters will use lecture, videotape, discussion and role-play activities to a) describe a metaframework for deepening emotions; and b) teach eight emotion-deepening techniques utilized in ABFT treatment tasks.



Systemic Sex Therapy for the MFT: New and Future Directions

Adam Jones

Dave Robinson

Rebecca Lucero

Nicole Springer

MFT’s, along with their clients, commonly have difficulty navigating discussions about sexual problems. The purpose of this seminar is to enhance clinician’s knowledge of current sex therapy research and practices, provide practical application for enhancing the treatment of sexual issues from a systemic approach. Useful tools for broadening one’s practice by effectively collaborating with other health professionals will be presented.



Ethical Issues for MFT Practice and Supervision

Lisa Tedeschi

Lori Limacher

Jeff Bryson

Bill Northey

Ben Caldwell

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.



Advancing the Profession: Integrating Common Factors into Practice

Eli Karam

Adrian Blow

This seminar will focus infusing a common factors (CF) approach into MFT training and professional development. Participants will understand the clinical and empirical rationale behind a moderate CF perspective, see several examples of established common factor courses in COAMFTE masters and doctoral programs, and learn specific CF teaching, supervisory, and clinical strategies related to MFT Core Competencies.



Congruence Couple Therapy for Addictive Disorders

Bonnie Lee

Congruence Couple Therapy is an evidence-based treatment model for addictive disorders building on the work of Virginia Satir. Participants will learn successful research strategies to bring a systemic therapy into the addiction field. Clinical cases will engage participants to learn the model’s systemic theoretical framework and its key interventions.



Sociculturally Attuned Therapy and Ethics: Beyond Diplomacy

Teresa McDowell

Carmen Knudson-Martin

Maria Bermudez

This seminar will help participants become more socioculturally attuned as ambassadors of our profession. Presenters will introduce socioculturally attuned family therapy and explore ethics and self-of-the-therapist in equity-based practice. Dialectical tensions will be explored including recognizing societal constraints on personal agency, working with the complexities of resisting oppression, being culturally sensitive yet challenging oppression, and using power to balance power.



Human Rights in the Clinical Context: Refugees and Human Trafficking

Lauren Ruhlmann

Damir Utrzan

What is human rights advocacy and how can it apply to the clinical setting? These questions are essential for systemic treatment providers operating in a time of unprecedented global migration. This interactive seminar will survey the unique needs of people displaced from their homes as refugees and human trafficking victims, while helping clinicians embrace human rights advocacy in clinical practice.



Building A Private Practice the Ethical Way

Dale Bertram

Tony Watkins

Mike Rankin

Many people desire to build a private practice, but don’t have the confidence or a guide for doing so. This presentation begins in Part I by offering practical resources for building a business plan, incorporating considerations from the AAMFT Ethics Code that are relevant to building one’s practice. Come and learn how to build a practice, the ethical way.



Building The Bridge Between MFT's and Personal Finance Professionals

Ed Coambs

Kristy Archuleta

Megan Ford

Money is the top stressor for Americans (APA, 2014). For couples, money can be intensely fought about and lead to divorce. We contend money arguments are both a financial and relationship issue. MFTs are uniquely positioned to work with financial professionals in order to enhance couples’ and families’ relationship and financial satisfaction. MFTs can bridge financial planning and counseling.