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Thursday, June 25 from 3:15pm - 4:15pm ET

Group A

IPV Perpetration: A Meta-Analysis of Risk Markers Across the Globe

Chelsea Spencer, PhD
Sandra Stith, PhD
Bryan Cafferky, PhD

This study provides a comprehensive overview of risk markers for intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration for men and women around the world. This information can provide clinicians with information on factors that may help with assessment and treatment when working with individuals who have perpetrated IPV in past or current relationships.

The Color of Violence: Black Women’s Experiences with IPV

Lorin Kelly, MA
Chelsea Spencer, PhD

This session will describe the significant differences related to risk markers for IPV between predominately Black and predominately White populations, which has yet to be examined through a meta-analysis. This research will then be translated into clinical implications for clinicians working with Black women who have experienced IPV.

Globalization & Intimate Partner Violence: A Meta-Regression

Brooke Keilholtz
Chelsea Spencer, PhD

Using Dutton’s (1995) nested ecological model for IPV, this session will discuss the results from a meta-regression examining how macrosystem-level factors (globalization and country fragility) impact risk markers for intimate partner violence perpetration at the ontogenetic, microsystem, and exosystem levels. This will allow therapists to conceptualize how these broader influences can impact the individual and relationship.

Group B

Comparing the Well-Being of Binary Transgender and Non-Binary People

Katelyn Coburn, MS
Chelsea Spencer, PhD
Lorin Kelly, MA

This submission takes an advanced look at factors associated with well-being for two marginalized groups (i.e. transgender and non-binary people. Therapeutic implications will be framed within an advanced understanding of Narrative Therapy informed by queer theory that clinicians can use when working with transgender and non-binary clients. Implications for working with families with trans and non-binary members will be discussed.

Becoming an LGBT-Affirming Christian: A Grounded Theory

Gena M.Minnix, PhD

This presentation is geared toward MFT educators and supervisors, and provides an overview of the first known research-based theory to guide the training and supervision of non-affirming or conflicted Christian trainees struggling to reconcile LGBTQ+ affirmation with their religious beliefs and develop competency to work with LGBTQ+ couples and families in accordance with MFT ethical standards of practice.

Group C

A Whole New World: Future Paths for Internship Programs in Distance-based Education

Yulia Watters, PhD
Bettina Shapiro, PhD

New and exciting possibilities in technology have allowed online programs to develop competitive internship programs around the world. In an interactive workshop, presenters will share lessons learned in developing, managing, and enhancing applied internship programs for diverse populations.

Being Present Online: Teaching, Practicing, and Supervising in a Virtual Setting

Yulia Watters, PhD
Bettina Shapiro, PhD

This session will discuss the concept of being present in an online environment Presenters will address how do you bridge the physical distance in a virtual setting. Using their research on this topic and current literature review, presenters will engage participants in an interactive discussion.

Group D

Psycho-Legal Work in Matters Pertaining to Relocation of Minor Children

Gertie Pretorius, PhD

In this presentation, the process followed by Psychologists in Psycho-Legal matters pertaining to relocation of minor children in divorce will be addressed. The evaluation and psychometric assessment of families, collateral information, triangulation well as the compilation of Psycho-Legal Reports in these matters will be investigated and presented.

Friday, June 26 from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm ET

Group A

Owning the Elephant: Talking About Race in the Room

Renu K. Aldrich, PhD

Social justice and police reform have suddenly become focal points for many Americans in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death and numerous other racially motivated acts of brutality stunningly caught on camera. This presentation will explore how therapists can help Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) and White clients manage the impact of these recent events. It will also help therapists of all colors confront their own implicit bias and develop more strategies for increasing cultural competence in clinical practice for underrepresented minority (URM).

Group B


Top Ten Things Family Therapists Could Do to Curb Burnout

Elisabeth Bennett, PhD
Addy Wissel

Take the challenge!This presentation will include current information on the rates and causes of therapist burnout followed by 10 simple techniques the therapist can do on the fly and throughout one's career to prevent and curb burnout.We double-dog dare you to participate in this hands-on can-do activity-based presentation.

Group C

Feminism and Systemic Theory as Tools to Question Hegemonic Femininity Beliefs: Case Study

Paulina Medina Mora Maurer, BA

Case study that illustrates how hegemonic femininity beliefs are connected with the normalization of violence against women. In the therapeutic process, both feminism and systemic theory were applied to question the underlying beliefs associated to the woman stereotype in the client's culture.


Online Dialogue in Response to Disclosures of Violence

Bria Davies, BS
Brady Eisert, BS
Jason Whiting, PhD

This session will address the dialogue happening online between victims of intimate partner violence and those who respond to their posts. Attendees will better understand the kinds of conversations, questions, and responses that are occurring online. Main conversation themes included offering support, advice, understanding, education, and access to resources. Implications are provided for clinicians and researchers.

Group D


Coparenting in India: Common Concerns

Sarayu Chandrashekar, MS
Gayatri Swaminathan, MA

The presenters will describe some of the common concerns that single parents in India face during co-parenting, some of which are culture-specific. The presenters have conducted preliminary interviews with separated/divorced co-parents, mental health professionals and lawyers working with such clients to identify common concerns that co-parents report in India.

Systemic Therapy for Sexual Fluidity in Relationships

Joshua Gebhardt, MS

Treatment and conceptualization regarding systemic approaches to relational therapy with mixed-orientation in couples is an essential and advanced practice. The content in this presentation is directed towards professionals who are looking to deepen their understanding of the expression of sexuality within the relationship context. Strengthening clinical approaches, cultivating systemic exploration, and improving expert skills are to be gained by participants.