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!

Now Accepting Workshop Proposals for the Fall Conference

We are now accepting proposals for hour-long breakout session presentations and research posters for the 2017 WAMFT Fall Conference.

The conference theme is "Finding Common Ground: The Practice of Family Therapy in a Divided Nation." The current political and cultural climate of our country is raising new sets of challenges and concerns for our nation's families and for our work as clinicians. As you consider the content of your presentation, think about topics that may be of special interest to our MFT community during these trying times. Ideas for workshops may include:

  • Clinical work with undocumented families facing deportation
  • Couples therapy for partners with differing political views
  • Self of therapist: Engaging clients' political conversations in the therapy room
  • Challenges facing the LGBTQ community under the new administration
  • Policy changes and the impact on MFTs
  • "Fake News": The influence of political news and social media on the family

We particularly encourage members to consider submitting proposals for ethics-related workshops to be included in our conference's ethics track. 

Our speakers and presenters are the backbone of the Conference. Help make this year's WAMFT Conference the best it can be by sharing your knowledge and experience at our event! Please don't feel limited to the traditional lecture-style talk. Workshops that receive the highest ratings often are those that are interactive and/or experiential. You may consider many ways to engage the audience, including small group activities, panel discussions, and intervention demonstrations. The options are limitless!

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please email your CV/resume, along with a 250-word description of your proposal, and 3 learning objectives to Jennifer Sampson at Be sure to note if your proposal is for a "breakout session" or "research poster" proposal. The deadline to submit breakout session proposals is Friday, July 14th at 5pm PST. The deadline to submit research poster proposals is Sunday, July 30th at 5pm PST.