Annual Conference

The Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy will host its 2017 Fall Conference "Finding Common Ground: The Practice of Family Therapy in a Divided Nation" on Saturday, September 30th at Seattle University. We have a number of exciting changes in store for this year. You can register with early bird pricing, here until August 31st! 


Check out our amazing key note speakers, presenting on, "A Law and Ethics Perspective on Cultural Value & Advocacy" and "From Knowing to Doing: Guidelines for Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy", respectively. 


Eric Ström is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation, and guidance to mental health professionals. Eric’s counseling practice is focused on providing counseling services to combat veterans as well as providing supervision and consultation to other clinicians. Eric currently serves on the American Mental Health Counselors Association EthicsCommittee, and is the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

Eric teaches a range of courses in counseling and professional ethics at a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs. Eric earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Northwest School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Seattle, graduated cum laude from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit Michigan, attended the Hague Academy of International Law in the Hague Netherlands, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, and is currently working towards his PhD is Counselor Education and Supervision at Oregon State University.



Carmen Knudson-Martin, PhD, LMFT, is professor and director of the Marital, Couple, and Family Therapy Program at Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR. She has published over 80articles and book chapters on the influence of the larger sociocultural context in couple and family relationships and the political and ethical implications of therapist actions on marital equality, relational development, and couple therapy. Her multicultural research examines the micro-processes by which societal gender, culture, and power play out in couple relationships and couple therapy. She is coeditor of Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy: Bridging Emotion, Societal Context, and Couple Interaction and Couple, Gender, and Power: Creating Change in Intimate Relationships and co-author of soon-to- be-released Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy: Guidelines for Equitable Theory and Practice. She is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice from the American Academy of Family Therapy.



And our breakout sessions include: 

  • Jerry Saltzman “Deconstructing Divisive Biases: An Experiential Workshop”
  • Carmen Knudson-Martin “Transforming Power in Couples Therapy: Essentials of Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy”  
  • Cary McAdams Hamilton “The Stressful Divide: An Examination of Child-Parent Relationship Therapy for Families Exposed to Trauma and Cultural Oppression"
  • Kate Reeves “We’re All a Little Bit Racist: Unintentional Bias and Ethical Clinical Practice” (ETHICS TRACK)  
  • Francisco Bujanda Añez “Starved for Purpose: Millenials, The Job Market, and Meaning Making in a Divided Climate”
  • Anne Mauro “Could Sensate Focus be an Appropriate Intervention for Recently Transitioned Transgender Individuals and their Partners: A Review of the Literature”  
  • Michelle Finley “A House Divided: Therapy Tips for Working with Couples and Families with Different Political and Social Viewpoints”
  • Christie Eppler & Rebecca Cobb “Culture, Faith, and Film in Family Therapy”  
  • Kim McBride “The Role of Therapists in 21st Century Family-owned Business Consulting”
  • Eric Ström “Implementing and Advocacy Plan Supported by Legal and Ethical Standards”(Ethics Track)
  • Nigeria Bell & Kate Reeves Networking and Discussion Groups, "People of Color Network" & "White Accountability Group"
  • Carl Greenberg "A Real World Ethical Dilemma"