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Training Series- Introduction to Medical Family Therapy: Theory & Concepts

  • July 20, 2023
  • 1:00 PM
  • December 31, 2023
  • 2:30 PM
  • Virtual Webinar



This pre-recorded virtual webinar has been approved for 1.5 CEUS that meet the ethical requirement for the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.  Please email upon completion to receive your evaluation and CEU certificate.  

Please note-at the end there is a group discussion and was recorded when this was a live stream recording.  For those watching as a recorded webinar, you are encouraged to write down the questions and reflect on what your answers might be and how the content might relate to your practice.

Introduction to Medical Family Therapy: Theory & Concepts with 

Lisa Zak-Hunter, PhD, LMFT and Susan Pfau, LMFT

Live Stream: Thursday July 20th 1-2:30p CST

1.5 CEUs

*This webinar has 1.5 CEUs approved by the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Presenters' Bios: M. Susan Pfau, LMFT, is a behavioral health predoctoral intern at St. John's Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program (2022-23). Her career goals are to provide behavioral health for patients across their lifespan in an integrated medical setting in the Twin Cities, supervise LMFTs pursuing licensure, and become a faculty member at a higher education institution. Susan specializes in diagnosis and management of mental health in ages 0-5. She is pursuing a PhD in Medical Family Therapy at Northcentral University.

Dr. Lisa Zak-Hunter is an LMFT and clinical fellow with AAMFT. She serves as the Director of Behavioral Health at St. John's Family Medicine Residency with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. In this role, she works in a primary care clinic as part of an integrated care team that includes resident and faculty physicians, medical students, behavioral health, pharmacy, social work, and nursing. Dr. Zak-Hunter is passionate about medical family therapy (MedFT), integrated behavioral healthcare, family-centered care, residency education, provider wellbeing, and culturally responsive trauma-informed care. She has published, presented, and taught in these areas for over a decade. She is a founder and chair of the Medical Family Therapy Consortium, a national group of MedFT practitioners, academics, and advisors working together to advance the field through self-promotion, training/education, and workforce development.

Workshop Description: This workshop is an introduction to the field of Medical Family Therapy (MedFT). The content will focus on theories, concepts, and constructs related to working with couples and families facing medical illness and disability. We will cover foundational theories and history beginning with the biopsychosocial and then biopsychosocial spiritual models and McDaniel, Hepworth, and Doherty's early work. Then we will explore Rolland's (1994, 2018) expansion on this work and concepts to better understand how illness impacts families at different life stages, how typology of illness impacts families, and the role that diverse family and cultural illness beliefs influence understanding and treatment.

Workshop Objectives:

1. Develop a basic understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of Medical Family Therapy (MedFT)

2. Be able to identify how illness phases & typology impact families.

3. Develop an understanding and appreciation for the diversity of cultural beliefs as they relate to health and illness

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