Keynotes and Breakouts

Anna Liotta: Managing and Motivating in a Multigenerational Marketplace

Challenging times give great organizations a chance to shine and leap ahead of the competition. With five generations meeting in the workforce for the first time in leaders are challenged daily to find new ways to meet each generation’s unique set of values, attitude, beliefs, expectations, and demands. Anna Liotta will share with us Generationally Savvy™ Solutions you can use to attract, engage and invigorate each of the four generations currently in your marketplace. Hiring and losing an employee is quite costly but maintaining a worth-while employee can be simple and cost-effective during these difficult economic times. This high energy, action-packed presentation will give participants new inspiration and ideas on how to turn the generations competing needs from obstacles into opportunities and come out of the down times on top!

Anna_Liotta_Head_Shot_CTC1.jpg Anna Liotta has a Master's degree in Interpersonal Communication and 15 years of experience as a consultant, coach, speakers, and author in the field of inter-generational communication and leadership. She travels extensively to speak with leaders about creating their own Generationally Savvy Competitive Advantage™. Anna's clients have included the PGA of America, the NBA, and Amazon (while her golf game is getting better, her jump shot is nothing to write home about). Anna's most impressive credential, though, is that she is one of 19 children- which means every family event is a graduate level course in generational communication!

Jia Jiang: What I Learned from 100 Days of Rejection

An expansion of his well-known TED talk, in "What I Learned from 100 Days of Rejection," Jia Jiang offers insights into the value of becoming rejection-proof and how to turn NO into YES -- and get more YES's in your own professional life. 

High_Res_HEADSHOT_2016.jpg As the founder and CEO of Wuju Learning, Jia Jiang is at the helm of a company that trains organizations to become fearless through rejection training. Jiang’s blog, “100 Days of Rejection Therapy” documents and analyzes his journey to discover and conquer the fear of rejection. Jiang is a newly minted TED speaker and the author of the bestselling book, Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection. He is also known as the Rejection Guy.

Surprise Keynote

Our surprise presenter will show us how to maintain confidence under pressure. Confidence is the ground of effective action, constructive dialogue, and innovative solutions when stressful circumstances arise. Attendees of this session will learn how to stay connected to clients and colleagues when conflict arises.

Our surprise guest speaker has presented more than 2,500 times over the last 30 years to audiences that have included such dignitaries as Bill Gates, President Clinton, the Prime Minister of Canada and to hundreds of Fortune 500 companies. He attributes his success to years of practice with challenging circumstances and his experience consulting with both non-profits and private sector corporations.


Workshop: Saving Psychotherapy

Ben Caldwell

Despite overwhelming evidence of the effectiveness of psychotherapy, fewer people are coming. Outcomes have not improved in generations. And salaries are not keeping up with inflation. In this data-driven and ultimately optimistic presentation, participants will learn what they can do on an individual level to ensure their own practices thrive even in difficult professional circumstances. Specific advocacy needs for practitioners will also be reviewed.

Friday Breakouts

Building Connections for Strategic Governance: A Collaborative Networking Approach

Rebecca Cobb and Tess Wiggins

Collaborative Networking is a learnable skill that can assist in governance and leadership within the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. Rebecca Cobb and Tess Wiggins, Past President and President of the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, will share their strategic approach to collaborative networking. In this interactive session, learn how to enhance your professional social network by identifying and utilizing 'connectors' – people who are particularly skilled at introducing others in support of professional endeavors. Then, identify ways in which to strategically activate your social network to support personally identified leadership goals.


Standing Out in Academia

Naveen Jonathan

Have you ever considered a career in academia Have you ever wanted to mentor and instruct future professionals in the field? This workshop will explore careers in academia, highlighting different positions (tenure/nontenure), full-time/adjunct possibilities, teaching venues (in- seat/online), the requirements of academic positions and ways that participants can develop a plan to maintain themselves and sustain a work/life balance.



The Accidental Leader

Christie Eppler

Although many MFTs have leadership ambitions, sometimes MFT become leaders out of happenstance. This presentation will help MFTs who are unsure if they want to be leaders identify and utilize their leadership potential. Participants will explore their own images and metaphors in order to create a sense of meaning and develop self-care routines that support their accidental (or purposeful) leadership.



Developing a Specialty Practice

Carol Podgorski

Many MFTs enter graduate school with some idea about the clinical population or specialty area they they would like to pursue; others remain open to exploring the range of possibilities. Most commonly, however, it is one’s clinical experiences that inform future career paths. Clinical work often triggers passion for work with a particular population; provides positive reinforcement for one’s strengths and skills; and can open a therapist’s eyes to a specialty area that is devoid of skilled clinicians. In this session the presenter will: 1) Share her personal experiences with developing a practice focus on working with older adult families and a specialty practice in dementia; 2) Provide participants with activities to assist them in: A) Exploring their motivations for considering specialization; B) Weighing the risks and benefits of pursuing specialization given their stage of career; and C) completing an inventory of their personal work preferences; and 3) Provide opportunities for questions and consultation.

Saturday Breakouts

Finding the Fit: Applying Multisystemic Therapy’s Fit to Creating a Leadership Development Plan

Heather Katafiasz and Rikki Patton

As therapists move beyond the therapeutic realm, stretching their skills into areas that many know little about before being thrust into it, many clinicians encounter obstacles to accomplishing their own leadership goals. The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate the isomorphic application of a therapeutic intervention, the fit circle, to help emerging leaders develop their own fit circle for their leadership goals. This workshop will help emerging leaders identify and prioritize the obstacles, as well as identifying ways to overcome those obstacles helping them, in the endeavor to move toward developing a leader self-development plan. The format of this workshop will be a combination of didactic component to elucidate the technique and experiential activities.


Preparing for Leadership Roles on Regulatory Boards

Richard Long and Steve Livingston
In most states, membership on a regulatory board is viewed by some to be commendable and by others to be a source of curiosity. This presentation will explore both perspectives by pointing out the roles and responsibilities of regulatory boards, the governance skills and models frequently considered, the current issues under consideration by regulatory boards and lessons learned about the use of self as a leader on a regulatory board.


Developing an Intentional Path to Leadership

Carol Podgorski

A minority of American professionals stay in the same position, at the same organization, or in the same city throughout their career. While the prospect of transience may sound unsettling particularly in the early stages of one's career, it is not uncommon especially for mid-career health and human service professionals to seek new opportunities that will enhance personal and professional satisfaction. Restless professionals are commonly motivated to find work, for example, that will allow them to achieve mastery, obtain financial security and flexibility, express creativity, and ultimately generate legacy. This session will provide participants with ways to conceptualize a professional career in terms of the professional life cycle. This interactive presentation will provide participants with opportunities to assess their current level of job satisfaction; factors that influence readiness to take the next step; and the important role and value of mentorship throughout this process.

The Culturally Conscious Leader

Christie Eppler

Culturally conscious leaders understand critical consciousness, social location, and social justice (e.g., systemic effects of historical trauma, race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, spirituality, and nationality). Participants will explore how these cultural frameworks can support leaders in increasing their cultural competence. This experiential workshop will utilize a strength-based approach to developing culturally attuned leaders. Participants will learn about and practice using social justice-oriented tools that develop culturally conscious leaders.

Approved Supervision Refresher Course

Thursday March 8 

Optional, additional fee applies. Can be taken alone or as part of the full Leadership Symposium.

8:00 – 3:30: Mike Fitzpatrick 

AAMFT Approved Supervisors must take a comprehensive refresher course prior to the renewal of their designation. This session is designed specifically to meet that requirement, and to keep practitioners up-to-date on clinical MFT supervision practice. This course will include case examples, didactic and interactional instruction methods. It will focus on current resources available to supervisors, management of ethical and legal issues likely to arise during supervision, utilization of supervision contracts, cultural competence in supervision and therapy, and discussion of the current AAMFT Approved Supervisor requirements.