This 15 hour event includes 3 hours of MFT ethics and will provide 3 hours of training each day of the week. The focus of this event will be on addressing issues of social justice and systemic oppression in and outside of therapy.
Monday October 12, 2020: Therapists in Working in Schools for Social Justice
Presenters: Kathleen Laundy, PhD Emily Hernandez, and Michael Carter (California State University)
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm ET
Course Description: This workshop will be about systemic based, conjoint family services to students in schools along with their families. Kathleen Laundy, PhD, along with Emily Hernandez, PhD, and Michael Carter, PhD, will address their experiences working with students and families and their cultural needs. They will speak about the systemic understanding of the impact of health crises on families of color. They also will talk about how to build opportunities for systemic ways to work with participants in their unique school systems. Finally they will describe the field of School Based Family Counseling and Counselor Training preparation to work in the field.
Tuesday October 13, 2020: “The room where it happens”: Addressing issues of gender, power, race, ethnicity, ableism, and sexual orientation in couple’s therapy.
Presenters: Jonathan Shippey, LMFT and Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D
Time: 8:00am – 11:00am ET
Course Description: Even though our MFT degree programs require courses in working from a multicultural/inclusive perspective, many therapists may continue to feel unsure about how and when to incorporate awareness-raising into our everyday clinical work. This course will encourage therapists to increase awareness of our own and our clients’ microaggressions when they enter therapeutic conversations and offer ways to work with the impact of them when they occur. Course will present various clinical vignettes assimilated from 20 years of Gottman Method couples therapy practice and will include stories of presenter’s own ongoing growth. We will discuss appropriate use of self and ways to model humility and ownership of blind spots and missteps in our learning with our clients. Case examples of Gottman interventions will be presented designed to help further and deepen couples’ dialogues on perpetual differences. Part of the class will invite self-reflection and possible breakout small groups to discuss participants’ own awareness and needs for further learning.
Wednesday October 14, 2020: Decolonizing Couple and Family Therapy: Addressing Anti Black Racism in Clinical Practice
Presenter: Ashley A. Hicks, PhD, LMFT
Time: Noon – 3pm
Course Description: This workshop will discuss the impact of Anti-Black Racism on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of Black persons living in the United States. This workshop will provide a definition of anti- blackness and the impact of historical, cultural, and intergenerational trauma on the mental health and overall well-being of non-immigrant Black Americans. Historical and cultural trauma will be defined focusing specifically on the lived experiences of Black Americans. The dominating Western worldview and its shaping of our understanding of Black family functioning and treatment will be presented and interrogated. The presenter will highlight how the systemic nature of couple and family therapy can be utilized to address issues of Anti-Black racism with clients and in larger society. Examples of how clinicians might engage in anti-racist and trauma informed clinical work, advocacy, and public participation will be discussed.
Thursday October 15, 2020: Right Use of Privilege: A Workshop on Creating Inclusion, Fairness & Justice
Presenter: Craig Herink, LMFT
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Course Description: This workshop will examine the specific dynamic of WHITE PRIVILEGE and how individuals born of European descent and identify as caucasian/white are in a unique
position to use privilege to begin to shift the system and create a new legacy of inclusion,
fairness and justice in there work as family therapists. The program will include didactic and experiential work. Participants can expect to be challenged, to be uncomfortable, as well as deeply supported in their process.
Friday October 16, 2020 (8:00am – 11:00am) Ethical Implications of Systemic Racism in MFT Training and Practice: A Panel Discussion (meets KY 3 hr CEU requirement)
Facilitator: Karen Westbrooks, LMFT PhD
Presenters: Dr. Denise Williams (Indiana Wesleyan University), Dr. Nate Wood (University of Kentucky), Nikki Erwin, Assistant Director of Counseling Center at Campbellsville University, Dr. Steven Kniffley (Spalding University), Shirley Miller, LMFT, Nicole Ward, LMFT
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am (EDT)
Course Description: In 2015, AAMFT presented a revised Code of Ethics to its members. Standard 1.1 of the Code requests that MFTs not-discriminate against persons (a standard that suggests that MFTs not be racist, sexist, homophobic, etc). A step up from this standard seems to be “in play” in 2020 with a call from AAMFT to recognize systemic racism in the culture. COVID has not only impacted the economy, but it has also amplified the social injustice in this country – injustice that has been pervasive over multiple generations lasting 400 years! Through a Panel Discussion of Academics and Clinicians, participants will consider the ethical implications of systemic racism in MFT training and practice starting with the AAMFT Code of Ethics https://www.aamft.org/Legal_Ethics/Code_of_Ethics.aspx, specifically, Standard One: Responsibility to Clients; and Standard Four: Responsibility to Students and Supervisees.