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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Learning Lab

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Self-Awareness: The Foundation of Conscious Leadership

Carol Podgorski, PhD

This presentation is designed to help participants learn about different leadership styles and reflect on their own intentional path to leadership. Objectives include defining what it means to be an intentional leader and to consider different leadership approaches, including that of conscious leadership; increasing awareness of the personal, relational, and contextual factors that influence readiness to lead as well as leadership options; and identifying the important role of self-awareness in leadership and the dimensions of self-awareness that help to inform intentional leadership development.

Be MOORE: Exploring Your Brand of Leadership in MFT

Darren Moore, PhD., MAEd

In this session, Dr. Moore will engage the audience in a discussion regarding leadership in the field of MFT. Dr. Moore will share his personal philosophy and epistemology of leadership, within the context of social justice. Dr. Moore will invite the audience to critically explore their brand of leadership, how they make sense of themselves as leaders, and how they plan to expand their brand of leadership in their future work in MFT and beyond. This workshop will end with a call to action for all attendees

Systemic Family Therapists and Their Timeless Leadership Superpowers

Kelly Roberts, PhD, LMFT

U.S. trends in leadership models and literature have been steadily heading toward " improved interpersonal relationships" for years. Organizations like Global Leadership and speakers like Brene Brown are now answering questions having nothing to do with productivity metrics and everything to do with building culture. As a systemic family therapist, you may be especially equipped to provide leadership yourself, or to advise leadership within corporate or professional contexts.  This workshop will identify leadership literature trends, overview ageless concepts and those that quickly fade, then talk specifically to the profession of family therapy and its role within leadership circles. 

Balancing Roles: Addressing Power and Privilege as a Leader

Isha Williams, PhD

Leaders struggle with acknowledging and holding themselves accountable for the ways in which they misuse their power and privilege in dealing with those who are in a subordinate position. A significant part of this process is centered om self of the supervisor. Hardy and Laszloffy (2002) identified the assigned tasks of the privileged (offender) and the subjugated (injured) in difficult dialogues. Self of the supervisor exploration helps supervisors identify the areas in which they experience privilege and experience subjugation. Being honest with oneself about these dimensions of self facilitates one's ability to engage with responsibility and compassion.


The 10,000 Foot View: Leadership from a Systemic Perspective

Erin Schaefer, IMFT-S, LPCC-S

Systems training has many applications, and one of those is to organizations as a whole.  When operating as a leader within an organization, it is easy to become dominant (ignoring the needs of others) or to align oneself with specific people or groups.  It is perhaps even natural to want to be liked or to simply do what you think is best while ignoring the potential impact on other people or aspects of the organization.  It is much more difficult to continually maintain a sense of self while also understanding the organization as a whole and how decisions can impact overall functioning.  Understanding the complexity of how to view oneself within an organization, how to respond to conflict, and how to make decisions while also holding the entire organization in sight is essential to being a good leader.  Through a systemic perspective, these essential skills of good leadership will be explored. 

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Shared Leadership: A Rediscovery of an Old Paradigm and its Historical Context

Marlon Robinson, PhD

The presentation examines shared leadership: the historical background, differences between traditional leadership and shared leadership, dissimilarities of shared leadership and teamwork, benefits and limitations, and shared leadership in practice. 

The Transparent Leader

Christie Eppler, PhD, LMFT
Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, LMFT

Transparency, or being clear and forthright in decision making processes, is a critical skill for collaborative leadership. However, there are times when leaders cannot share the whole story, which may lead to frustration and discord. This presentation will explore the dynamics in MFT leadership that inhibit or promote transparency. Through critical case discussion and personal reflection, participants will enhance their understanding and use of transparency, vulnerability, and collaboration in leadership.

Failing Forward: Feedback from Flops and Frustrations

Eli Karam, PhD

Failure. No one wants to talk about it, analyze it, admit to it, or address it. Let’s flip the script and openly discuss failures that we ALL have had as professionals in the marriage and family therapy field. This workshop synthesizes research and applications for overcoming failure, relevant for all emerging systemic therapist leaders, both in and outside of the therapy room. This presentation outlines constraints to both identifying and analyzing failure, before making commendations for action, as well as working to shift your mindset in a way that redefines failure away from its discreditable associations and view it instead as a critical first step in a journey of discovery and learning. 


Leading with a Worker Bee Mindset

John Robbins, PhD, LMFT

In this workshop, you will hear from a self-proclaimed worker bee in the MFT field, and his experience of how he has found worker bee skills can have a profound impact on organizations, agencies, Associates, and the overall mental health field.  Participants will be introduced to a framework of leading through an intentional positioning of oneself in relationships, finding ways to lead through following. The speaker will demonstrate how worker bees are in a unique situation to view the overall system and understand the most effective ways to enter into working with that system. 

Write Now: Expand Your Career Through Writing and Becoming a Media Source

Sarah Epstein, MA

Do you want to contribute through writing? I don’t mean academic journal writing, I mean writing for mainstream media outlets and blogs and serving as a media source for print publications. I will show you how. This workshop will walk you through:  

-          Myths about getting started as a writer 

-          How to find your subject matter 

-          How to find the appropriate publications for your writing 

-          How to pitch articles and quotes to different publications 

-          How to snowball writing assignments into more writing, speaking, and client opportunities 

By the end of this session you’ll have direction, ideas, and the tools to get started. I’ll show you how I began writing as a first year master’s student and scaled that into a blog with <800K reads on one of Psychology’s biggest platforms.