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Registration is open for the 2021 Training Series! 

All workshops will be presented as webinars via Zoom.

We are very thankful to this year's presenters. There are a variety of topics and we hope there is something for everyone! We will continue to update the calendar and share more details as they get finalized. After you register you'll receive a confirmation email with Zoom instructions and a reminder 3 days before the workshop.


    • February 23, 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • December 31, 2021
    • 10:00 AM
    • Recorded Webinar
    Register

    Recorded Webinar

    This webinar is approved for 2.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. 

    $40 for MAMFT members, $60 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Workshop Title: Ethics and Telehealth

    Topic: (Webinar) Ethics and Telehealth

    Workshop Description: Many of us were caught off guard by Covid-19 and the impact it would have on mental health service delivery, during a time when mental health services were needed more than ever. This  presentation aims to share lessons learned regarding telehealth and help others navigate new platforms in an ethical way. Ideas for incorporating play therapy, assessment, and multicultural considerations will also be discussed.

    Workshop Objectives:

    Learning objectives 

    1.Participants will be able to recognize HIPPA compliant features of a telehealth system

    2.Participants will troubleshoot common telehealth pitfalls. 

    3.Participants will incorporate ethical standards into telehealth practice.

    Presenter’s Name: Emily Coler Hanson, LMFT

    Presenter’s Bio: Emily is a LMFT and an approved supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.  She is TF-CBT certified as well.  She has worked as a therapist for the past ten years and has primarily focused her work on children, adolescents and their families. She has a particular interest in working with children who have experienced trauma, are on the autism spectrum, and prefers a team approach to helping children reach their goals. Her work often takes a strength based approach and is influenced by the Nurtured Heart Approach.

    Co-Presenter Info: Barb Stanton PhD, LPCC, LMFT

    Dr. Stanton’s clinical work at the is focused on children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum or who have related issues.  With over 30 years of experience, Barb has learned to appreciate the infinite skills and talents of these amazing individuals as well as their struggles to navigate their environment. She works with community and family supports to develop creative solutions to difficult challenges.  She believes that behavior is communication and enjoys discovering the why behind the behavior which could be anything from misunderstanding to trauma.  Her approach is strength based and person centered.

    • February 27, 2021
    • 11:00 AM
    • December 31, 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • online via Zoom
    Register

    February 26, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    This webinar has been approved for 1.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. 

    $20 for MAMFT members, $30 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Submit the evaluation form and email our administrator before 1/30/22 to qualify for CE credit.  Further details on these steps will be provided in your confirmation email.

    Workshop Title: Exploring Cultural Responsiveness at a Time of Social Unrest

    Workshop Description: 2020 has been a year of intense racial and social trauma for BIPOC individuals, be they, therapists or clients. This has required us to improve our ability to provide culturally responsive engagement around these issues. This webinar is designed for those seeking a better understanding of cultural responsiveness and its practical implications for engagement when working with racialized and historical trauma. Though this webinar will focus on race, the principles may be applied to other marginalized groups and intersectionalities.

    Workshop Objectives:

    The objective of this webinar is to provide an understanding of a more defined concept or idea of cultural responsiveness. We will explore the differences between cultural responsiveness and the concept of cultural competence, as well as how therapists and supervisors can work towards minimizing harm when working with clients and students of diverse backgrounds and to provide feedback to questions clinicians may have regarding cultural responsiveness.

    Presenter’s Name: Zamzam Dini, MA

    Presenter’s Bio: Zamzam is a pre-licensed therapist at the Minnesota Trauma Recovery Institute (MN-TRI) in Minneapolis, MN. Zamzam is passionate about working with individuals and families impacted by trauma in her clinical practice, as well as in her research. Zamzam is trained in Narrative Exposure Therapy and works to alleviate symptoms in individuals struggling with PTSD. She also identifies as a Bowenian / Experiential therapist. 

    Zamzam is passionate about the impact of culture, equity, and social justice within the practice and supervision of Marriage and Family Therapy. As a result, Zamzam is a member of the MAMFT Professional Practices Committee where she can assist in addressing systemic change for MFTs in MN. As a 2nd generation Somali immigrant, Zamzam is also committed to supporting BIPOC MFT students and pre-licensed professionals within the field of MFT. Zamzam and Dionne are two out of the three creators of the African-American Pan-African Student & Alumni Association at Saint Mary's in order to create a safe space to build community & mentorship for Black MFTs. 

    Zamzam received her BA in Psychology from the University of Washington. She completed her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and is currently a first-year student, in the Couple and Family Therapy Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota's Family Social Science Department.

    Co-Presenter Info: Dionne Trice, MA  MFT  

    Dionne has worked for nearly 20 years with families and individuals experiencing domestic violence. As a former minister, she developed her understanding of the impact of trauma and loss, and its impact on our engagement with the world and systems around us.

    Dionne has experienced many life transitions including the devastating loss of a child. These experiences lead her to transition to Marriage and Family therapy. As an African American woman with a strong desire to improve services to her community, she has a passion for diversity, racial equity, and providing culturally-responsive services through her work as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Dionne bases her clinical work in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Experiential therapy.

    She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an associate's in Family Studies from Metropolitan State University. She also received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Dionne has been married for over 34 years and is the mother of three, with five grands. I am a lover of poetry, theater, dance, foreign films, cartoons/anime/comics, video games, and boxing.



    • March 05, 2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • December 31, 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • online via Zoom
    Register

    Recorded Webinar

    This webinar has been approved for 2.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. 

    $40 for MAMFT members, $60 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Submit the evaluation form and email our administrator before 1/30/22 to qualify for CE credit.  Further details on these steps will be provided in your confirmation email.

    Workshop Title: Misophonia and Mental Health Therapy from the Mouth of a Therapist and Misophone

    Workshop Description:  Awareness about misophonia is growing but it is still widely misunderstood by health professionals to the detriment of those struggling with the condition.  Even some sufferers do not know there is a name for their body's abnormal overreaction to certain sounds (and perhaps visuals), and therefore it's imperative all practitioners are able to recognize misophonia and work with the client accordingly.  This workshop will help you understand this perplexing condition and will provide concrete strategies for supporting individuals and families affected by it.

    Workshop Objectives:

    Attendees will:

    - Be able to identify misophonia in clients (or their families)

    - Learn how to create a safe space for misophonia clients

    - Know the primary treatment goals and strategies for addressing misophonia in mental health therapy

    - Understand the importance and role of family therapy when working with miso clients

    Presenter’s Name: Sara Bidler, MS, LMFT

    Presenter’s Bio: Sara Bidler, MS, LMFT has a private practice in Maple Grove called Authentic Living Therapy Services, LLC.  She is an Advanced Level Somatic Experiencing Trainee and specializes in helping clients work through unresolved trauma. As someone who has had misophonia since the age of 12, Sara has a special passion for helping individuals and families navigate this condition and has found integrating SE strategies in her approach beneficial.

    • March 15, 2021
    • 6:00 PM
    • December 30, 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • online via Zoom
    Register

    Recorded Webinar

    This webinar has been approved for 2.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. 

    $30 for MAMFT members, $50 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Submit the evaluation form and email our administrator before 1/30/22 to qualify for CE credit.  Further details on these steps will be provided in your confirmation email.

    Workshop Title: How to Get Parents to Participate in Therapy

    Workshop Description: Engaging parents in therapy is not only critical to the outcome for the child/teen, but is also a necessary component to sustaining the health of a family after treatment has ended.  Would you like to learn how to engage clients in your work more effectively? Through research and clinical experience I hope you will find it is easier than you might think.

    Workshop Objectives:

    1) Learn strategies to increase engagement with parents

    2) Understand why some parents do not engage in therapy

    3) Learn how to increase men/father’s participation rates

    4) Learn some effective family therapy tools

    Presenter’s Name: Steven Dupic, LMFT

    Presenter’s Bio: Steve Dupic is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), is nationally certified in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), certified in MAP (Managing and Adapting Practice), is certified in TEAM-CBT (Level 1) and a MN Board approved MFT supervisor.  He primarily works in schools providing therapy to individuals and families, psychoeducation/training to school staff, and crisis response to students who may pose a danger to self or others. He enjoys working with parents so they are able to create the change they are seeking more quickly, and have the tools needed to maintain their progress long term.  He believes parents are one of the key factors to successful therapy, and helps them maximize their influence to support their loved ones.







    • April 12, 2021
    • 3:00 PM
    • December 30, 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • recording
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    April 12, 2021 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    This webinar has been approved for 3.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. 

    $45 for MAMFT members, $75 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Submit the evaluation form and email our administrator before 1/30/22 to qualify for CE credit.  Further details on these steps will be provided in your confirmation email.

    Workshop Title: Autism as a Risk Factor for Disrupted Attachment

    Workshop Description: This workshop will review details of attachment, both secure and disrupted, and discuss the intricate child/caregiver interactions that contribute to the development of attachment. The presenter will take a deep dive into the neurodiversity and neurobiological differences of the Autism Spectrum and examine how such unique differences influence both the child and caregiver coming together in ways that impact the development of attachment. Then, we will shift to application of this knowledge and look at how the Neurodiversity perspective can be integrated with a trauma-informed approach. The presenter will discuss how you can use this integration to therapeutically intervene with children and caregivers in a deeply healing and lasting way.

    Workshop Objectives:

    - Enhance understanding of how attachment develops between child and caregiver

    - Introduce the concept of Neurodiversity

    - Increase knowledge of the unique Neurodiversity of children on the spectrum

    - Understand how Neurodiversity can impact the development of child/caregiver attachment

    - Begin learning how to use a Neuordiversity lens to support the prevention and/or repair of disrupted attachments

    - Integrate the concept of Trauma Informed Care with other information presented

    Presenter’s Name: Erica Haugen, MS, MA

    Presenter’s Bio: Erica is a passionate advocate for the autism community; holding a deeply held belief that the more service providers understand the intricacies of the spectrum, the better this community will be served. As a presenter, her goal is to increase awareness of the Neurodiversity perspective while equipping attendees with knowledge of the neurobiology of the spectrum, how to use that knowledge and expand their understanding of Autism and, therefore, better serve members of this community.

    Erica holds two master's degrees, one in Child Development and the other in Adlerian Psychotherapy with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has years of experience working with young children on the Autism Spectrum, and their caregivers, and has completed advance professional training in working with this community. Further, Erica is a certified DIR/Floortime practitioner, which is a developmental-relational model, built upon infant mental health, specifically attuned to meeting the therapeutic needs of children on the autism spectrum.  She has a private practice, Canopy Family Services, LLC, which specializes in therapeutically serving the Autism community.



    • April 19, 2021
    • 10:45 AM
    • December 30, 2021
    • 10:00 AM
    • recording
    Register

    Recorded Webinar

    This webinar is approved for 1.0 CEU by the MN MFT Regulatory Board. $20 for MAMFT members, $30 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Submit the evaluation form and email our administrator before 1/30/22 to qualify for CE credit.  Further details on these steps will be provided in your confirmation email.

    Workshop Title: Calming and Grounding Skills for the Disregulated Client

    Workshop Description: Being able to self-regulate is a skill, and one which all clients would benefit from. This workshop will focus on grounding, breathing, and visualization techniques. These can help a client decrease anxiety, dissociation, and emotional disregulation. We will start by exploring the physiology  and brain functions that lead to disregulation. After that, specific techniques for calming will be presented including but not limited to: breathwork,  the container exercise, and EFT (emotional freedom technique).

    Workshop Objectives:

    1) identify different types of disregulate

    2) understand how the brain and physiology interact

    3) learn at least 3 different techniques to help a client regulate emotions and/or thoughts

    Presenter’s Name: Sandy Sample, MA, LMFT

    Presenter’s Bio: Sandy Sample, LMFT, has been a psychotherapist for 10 years, and is a board-approved supervisor. Sandy is in private practice and is also employed at Catalyst Mental Health in Minneapolis. She is currently applying to be an EMDRIA-certified EMDR therapist, and specializes in trauma work. Sandy also focuses on treating anxiety, depression, and relational issues.

    • May 11, 2021
    • 9:15 AM
    • December 30, 2021
    • 11:00 AM
    • recording via Zoom
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    Recorded Meeting Format

    This webinar has been approved for 2.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board. $40 for MAMFT members, $60 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Submit the evaluation form and email our administrator before 1/30/22 to qualify for CE credit.  Further details on these steps will be provided in your confirmation email.

    Workshop Title: Conducting Online Relational Therapy: Challenges and Opportunities with Multi-Participant Sessions

    Workshop Description:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many couple and family therapists began conducting sessions in online spaces with limited experience in telehealth. Mental health professions have developed best practices and an understanding of the implications for online therapy when meeting with individuals. However, the unique nature of couple and family therapy presents additional challenges and opportunities, such as developing and maintaining therapeutic alliance and creating emotional connection between partners and family members across geographic locations. This workshop will present relevant research on online relational therapy, and identify ways to effectively facilitate multi-participant sessions. Online relational therapy is an emerging phenomenon that we still have much to learn about. This workshop will include the opportunity for participants to dialogue and share their own experiences and strategies in facilitating online relational sessions. Note: This workshop will not include a review of the features available in particular online tools.

    Workshop Objectives: At the end of the session, participants will be able to: - Describe results from research about the effectiveness of online therapy - Identify key challenges unique to online relational therapy and strategies to address those challenges - Recognize and utilize the strengths and opportunities associated with multi-participant online sessions - Implement strategies to strengthen therapeutic alliances and effectively manage client distress while working with clients online

    Presenter’s Name: Heather Hessel, PhD, LMFT

    Presenter’s Bio: Heather Hessel, PhD, LMFT is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the department of Human Development and Family Studies. Heather earned her MA in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas and her doctorate at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Family Social Science. She works with individuals, couples, and families online through Intuitive Therapy & Consulting.

    Co-Presenter: Emily Jordan Jensen, Ph.D., LMFT

    Co-Presenter Bio:  Emily Jordan Jensen, Ph.D., LMFT is a resident faculty member in the Integrated Behavioral Health and Addiction Studies program at the University of Minnesota. In addition to teaching, Emily works as an outpatient clinician at Minnesota Online Counseling, and has been conducting online therapy for several years. She specializes in working with couples and individuals facing a range of presenting concerns.



    • May 24, 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • December 30, 2021
    • 10:00 AM
    • Recorded Webinar
    Register

    Recorded Webinar

    This webinar is approved for 2.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. 

    $40 for MAMFT members, $60 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Workshop Title: Therapeutic Fanfiction: Co-creating healing rebellion with your clients

    Workshop Description: Children are experts at questioning the social constructs that surround them, which leads to a time of growth and rebellion in the teenage years. Sadly, somewhere in young adulthood, the rebellion is often lost to the power of the Galactic Empire (the status quo), which can halt both creativity, and the sense of a greater meaning in life. In this presentation, Justine Mastin and Larisa A. Garski will give attendees an overview of how to use Therapeutic Fanfiction with clients and welcome them back into their rebellious nature. Therapeutic Fanfiction pulls heavily from narrative therapy and adds in the power of modern mythology (pop culture), and adult play (fanfiction). Fanfiction refers to the practice of fans rewriting existing storylines to be a better fit for themselves. The queer community, and other marginalized folks, have been especially adept at this over time; reading into the subtext of long looks between characters and writing/drafting a fanfiction wherein those characters are in love, even though the canon (the words that the show-writers wrote) disagree. Therapeutic Fanfiction combines the ancient power of storytelling with modern myths to help empower clients to rewrite their lives Stories help all humans to make sense of their lives. The techniques of Therapeutic Fanfiction harness the ancient power of story and allow therapists and clients to move in and out of stories and to invite story characters out into the real world. Therapeutic Fanfiction invites both clinicians and clients to look at their stories and ask “what if.” This presentation will prompt attendees to question their own feelings and comfort around play and story. Attendees will walk out of this presentation with an understanding of the importance of play and story as well as concrete interventions to use with their clients. And they might just have some new skills for themselves as well!

    Workshop Objectives:

    1.Attendees will have a clear understanding of their own feelings and biases around using play and pop culture with clients

    2.Attendees will have a clear understanding of ways to incorporate their client’s fandoms into session.

    3.Attendees will walk away with concrete Therapeutic Fanfiction tools.

    Presenter’s Name: Justine Mastin, LMFT LADC

    Presenter’s Bio: Justine Mastin, MA, LMFT, LADC, E-RYT 200, YACEP is a therapist, yogi, writer, podcaster, and full-time rabble-rouser. As the owner/founder of Blue Box Counseling Justine specializes in working with clients who self-identify as being outside the mainstream—such as those in the geek, secular, and LGBTQIA+ communities. Justine is a board member of the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and is recognized as both an AAMFT and MN board-approved supervisor. Justine loves to work with other therapists on how to find their authentic voice and to question the status quo of therapy culture. Justine is a charismatic speaker, committed to bringing humor and stories into the lives of everyone she serves. Justine literally co-wrote the book on Therapeutic Fanfiction, has contributed to numerous other books on pop culture and psychology, and regularly blogs about the healing power of fandom for Psychology Today and psychotherapy.net. Outside of the office, Justine is the captain/co-host of the Starship Therapise podcast, and appears at pop culture conventions around the country teaching yoga and speaking on geek wellness topics. Justine takes a holistic approach to healing: mind, body, and fandom. You can find her on facebook, instagram, and twitter @mindbodyfandom.

    Co-Presenter Info: Larisa A. Garski, LMFT

    Larisa A. Garski, LMFT is a psychotherapist, writer, podcaster, and full-time logical companion. She specializes in working with folx who identify as outside the mainstream––such as those in the geek and LGBTQIA+ communities. She currently practices and serves as the clinical director of Empowered Therapy, Inc, a private practice in Chicago, IL. Larisa co-wrote the book on Therapeutic Fanfiction and has contributed numerous book chapters on the topics of pop culture psychology, video game psychology, and the importance of adult play. She regularly blogs with Justine for Psychology Today and psychotherapy.net. In her copious free time, Larisa co-hosts the Starship Therapise podcast, researches on psychological topics, and enjoys reading the works of any and all dead Russian writers. She can be found on twitter @spocksallears and on instagram @starship_therapise.
    • June 14, 2021
    • 1:30 PM
    • December 30, 2021
    • 4:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Recorded Webinar:

    Providing Affirmative Care to Transgender Kids and Teens


    This webinar is approved for 3.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. 

    $60 for MAMFT members, $90 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Workshop Title: Providing Affirmative Care to Transgender Kids and Teens

    Workshop Description:

    We cisgender therapists often get scared when working with transgender youth. We’re afraid of messing up, making it worse, and just not getting the essence of their experience. But our fear should never stand in the way of the joy of being a kid and the joy of being trans!  In this webinar, we will identify common internal and external barriers to providing affirmative care for transgender kids and teens. We will explore how to support youth in developmentally appropriate ways while engaging respectfully with the family system. Finally, we will challenge the historical and current pathologization of transgender youth in favor of a strengths-based, joy-based, celebration-based approach!

    Workshop Objectives:

    1. Participants will be able to name one critique of the diagnostic criteria for Gender Dysphoria in Children and Gender Dysphoria in adolescents and adults 

    2. Participants will gain new language to consult with caregivers about gender in developmentally appropriate ways

    3. Participants will practice using a strength-based lens in case conceptualization and case studies

    Presenter’s Name:  Shawny Sena, LMFT

    Presenter’s Bio:  Shawny Sena, LMFT specializes in working with LGBTQIA kids, teens, and adults. She focuses on reconnecting clients with their playful instincts and creativity, especially when they have been inhibited by developmental trauma. Her background in the arts, sex education, and play therapy guide her beliefs that pleasure and joy are the ultimate tools of healing.

    • June 28, 2021
    • 5:00 PM
    • December 30, 2021
    • 4:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Lawyers, PC's and Custody Evaluators - OH MY! - Collaborating Across Professions

    This webinar is approved for 3.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. 

    $60 for MAMFT members, $90 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Workshop Title: Lawyers, PC's and Custody Evaluators - OH MY! - Collaborating Across Professions

    Workshop Description:

    Many of the families with whom we work as Marriage and Family Therapists have been or are involved with other professionals, some of whom fall into the legal or Alternative Dispute Resolution categories.  For many MFT's, there is a great deal of anxiety associated with interacting with these professionals.  This seminar will define those professions, their roles and responsibilities as determined by statute, rule, and best practices.  We will learn how MFT's can work collaboratively with legal and ADR professionals to best serve families.

    Workshop Objectives:

    Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

    1.  Describe the roles of family law attorneys, parenting consultants, custody evaluators, and mediators.

    2.  Develop a range of responses in working with legal and ADR professionals.

    3.  Demonstrate professional approach to testifying when subpoenaed.

    4.  Describe the benefit to families in having professionals work as a collaborative team.

    Presenter’s Name:  Karen Irvin, Ph.D., LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Qualified Neutral under Rule 114

    Presenter’s Bio:  Dr. Karen Irvin taught at the secondary level for six years.  She obtained her master’s and doctorate in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota.  She worked with Hennepin County Court Services Domestic Relations Division in Minneapolis, MN for six years, serving as a mediator, counselor, and custody evaluator, and working in a supervisory capacity for four of the six years.  Dr. Irvin has been in private practice since 1981.  She recently retired from her clinical practice in which she specialized in working with separating and divorcing individuals, couples, and families, providing mediation, parenting consulting, custody evaluations, and closure therapy.  She has also provided mediation and parenting consulting workshops and training throughout the United States and internationally.  Dr. Irvin was on the marriage and family therapy faculty of Argosy University for six years and is currently adjunct faculty in the Marriage and Family Program of St. Mary’s University.     She was previously Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Ethics Board.  Dr. Irvin’s current professional focus is teaching, training, supervision, and consultation.

    • July 19, 2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • December 30, 2021
    • 3:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Recorded Webinar

    Ethical Issues in Self-of-Therapist Work: Therapist Self-Disclosure and Countertransference

    This webinar is approved for 3.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. 

    $60 for MAMFT members, $90 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Workshop Title: Ethical Issues in Self-of-Therapist Work: Therapist Self-Disclosure and Countertransference

    Workshop Description:

    This workshop focuses on developing a more nuanced understanding of therapist self-disclosure and countertransference.  Having a clearer lens in order to examine our own awareness of what is actually going on in the therapy office is essential to deepen our work and to avoid the ethical pitfalls that abound.  In this workshop we will examine the theoretical rationale for therapist self-disclosure, more closely examine the concept of countertransference in MFT, and link it all to the standards that guide us in our MFT practice: BMFT Chapter 5300 and the 2015 AAMFT Code of Ethics.

    Workshop Objectives:

    1. Understand risks and benefits of therapist self-disclosure; when we disclose, what we disclose and why, as it relates to BMFT Chapter 5300 and the 2015 AAMFT Code of Ethics.

    2. Examine risks and benefits of countertransference as it relates to BMFT Chapter 5300 and the 2015 AAMFT Code of Ethics.

    3. Identify differing viewpoints on crucial countertransference downfalls and discuss reasons for ongoing awareness of transference throughout career.

    4. Learn and practice Aponte’s model of Self-of-the-Therapist learning and questions that spark deeper self-awareness and self-understanding.

    Presenter’s Name:  Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, LMFT

    Presenter’s Bio:  Kirsten Lind Seal received her MA in Counseling Psychology and PhD in Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Minnesota. As Adjunct Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, she teaches Ethics and Arts Therapies in the MFT program.  Her research has been published in the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, the Journal of Couple and Family Relationships, and Psychology Today.  She has also published multiple case studies (in 2016, 2017 and 2018) in the Psychotherapy Networker.  She presents locally, nationally and internationally on Ethics and Cross-Cultural issues.  She has done recent webinars for Best Buy's Fireside Chats and the North American Chinese Psychological Association.  She currently maintains a completely telemental health private practice and appears biweekly on WCCO (CBS) TV’s Midmorning show in Relationship Reboot, a segment dealing with relationships.

    • August 03, 2021
    • 3:00 PM
    • December 30, 2021
    • 4:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Recorded Webinar

    In-Home Family Therapy: The Fun Stuff

    This webinar is approved for 2.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

    $40 for MAMFT members, $60 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Workshop Title: In-Home Family Therapy: The Fun Stuff

    Workshop Description: In-Home Family Therapy can be one of the toughest jobs out there, but one of the most rewarding, too! Many new therapists start their careers this way when skill sets are just beginning to come together. This workshop will have tips, techniques and practical activities to use when providing in-home family therapy. It addresses the importance of building rapport with the parents and doing so in a humble, playful and respectful way.  Jenny has created her own games and activities that she uses with families and will provide information about how to create your own games or duplicate hers for your own therapy practice.  Participants will come away with many different activities to use in sessions with families. This workshop is geared toward in-home family therapists, but most of the techniques could be used in-office as well.

    Workshop Objectives:

    1. Participants will learn ways to build rapport with in-home therapy families, in particular, with parents.

    2. Participants will learn techniques and activities to utilize in family therapy sessions to build rapport with adolescents who may not be so interested in participating in family therapy.

    3. Participants will learn 15+ fun and creative activities/games to help family members connect and encourage playfulness.

    Presenter’s Name:  Jenny Decker, MA, LMFT, ADHD-CCSP

    Presenter’s Bio:  Jenny Decker has been passionate about In-Home Family Therapy for many years. In 2010, she started as a practicum student providing in-home family therapy to families involved in Child Protective Services  and Juvenile Probation in Anoka County. She then moved onto Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) in which she was on-call 24/7 on the island of Kauai. She has tried the traditional office setting and keeps coming back to the power of in-home therapy. She left the in-office setting in 2019 to create her own In-Home Therapy Private Practice (Jenny Decker LLC). She sees clients in their homes, at nearby parks, and other community settings. She also provides parent support via telehealth as well. You can learn more about Jenny and her work at www.jennydecker.com.


    • August 20, 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • December 30, 2021
    • 4:00 PM
    • online via Zoom
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    Recorded Webinar

    This webinar has been approved for 4.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. 

    $80 for MAMFT members, $120 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Submit the evaluation form and email our administrator before 1/30/22 to qualify for CE credit.  Further details on these steps will be provided in your confirmation email.

    Workshop Title: (Webinar) The Embodied Self-of-the-Therapist: Using Sensory Experiences To Facilitate Clinical Work

    Workshop Description: The Embodied Self-of the Therapist - or the ways our bodies and movement express and respond to non-verbal information is increasingly understood to be an important part of therapeutic efficacy.  As therapists, our non-verbal actions and behaviors are often more impactful than our words. In addition, our internal responses (proprioception) provides nuanced information that augments our ability to work more effectively with clients. 

    This workshop will use didactic discussion and experiential exercises to 1) introduce skills that increase the therapist’s awareness of their personal movement patterns, 2) practice techniques for using embodied awareness and expression in clinical sessions, and 3) briefly discuss issues related to the use  and impact of our own embodied knowledge and biases during therapeutic sessions.

    Workshop Objectives:

    •Be introduced to basic frameworks for working with the therapist’s embodied experiences during therapy sessions. 

    •Learn specific clinical applications of embodied experiences to facilitate therapeutic and address how the therapist’s less-conscious issues are often expressed non-verbally

    •Be introduced to multicultural issues when working with non-verbal movement patterns.

    •Discuss the efficacy and contraindications for using nonverbal information related to specific populations and diagnoses.

    Presenter’s Name: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb, MA-MFT, MFA LMST, BC-DMT, CMA, PWAssociate, SEP, WoS

    Presenter’s Bio: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, board certified dance/movement therapist, Laban Movement Analyst, Somatic Experiencing and Ways of Seeing Practitioner. She is trained in Somatic/Body Therapies and uses alternative healing modalities to address psychological, somatic, and spiritual awareness, growth and transformation.  She teaches at the University of Minnesota and directs a Dance/Movement Training program in Minneapolis. She has a private practice with individuals, families and couples specializing in attachment, trauma, Dissociative Disorders, Depression, anxiety, identity and life transition issues.  

    Barbara’s diversity expertise includes working with GLBTQ clients, women’s issues, and with a range of different nationalities, cultures and religious/spiritual practices.   Her international Dance/ Movement Therapy teaching experiences include courses in Vilnius, Lithuania (1997), Tallinn University, in Estonia on a Fulbright Scholar’s Grant (2011) and with Inspirees Institute in China (2014-present), the University of Hong Kong (2019-present) and in Seoul, South Korea (2018-19). She is past chair of the American Dance/Movement Therapy Association Alternate Route Educators’ Subcommittee.   She has also published on the use of trauma and DMT-based approaches with people diagnosed with Eating Disorders, the development of DMT programming in long term care facilities, and the historic development of DMT in Estonia.

    • September 09, 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • December 30, 2021
    • 10:00 AM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Recorded Webinar

    This webinar is approved for 1.5 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. 

    $30 for MAMFT members, $45 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Workshop Title: Playing For Keeps: The Healing Power of Play In Adult Psychotherapy

    Workshop Description: This year of pandemic-induced isolation has shined a light on something that we as professionals have long understood. Play, which we acknowledge is the “language of children”, is actually an integral function of the human species throughout our lifespans. At any age, play works to metabolize stress, and it is a critical crisis survival skill. Despite this awareness, clinicians continue to mostly use play therapy only with the young, the forever young (those with developmental delays), and to support parenting. It is long past time to accept that adults need play both in their lives and in their therapy. Sadly, social constructs around the “usefulness” of play have kept both adult clients and their therapists from recognizing its important potential. During the pandemic, social constructs have shifted to allow for more adult play, including gaming (video, tabletop games and RPGs), engaging with stories (TV, movies, and books), and creating art (crafts, painting, coloring books, TikTok and other digital storytelling). These pursuits, previously considered ‘wastes of time’, have become vital parts of daily life. Adults are realizing that play is helping them through this impossible global situation and is even providing their life with much-needed meaning. In this presentation, Appeldoorn and Mastin, leading thinkers in the field of adult play, will overview the science behind the healing powers of play, break down the social constructs that keep adults from playing, and ask clinicians to challenge their own discomfort around play with other adults. Attendees will walk out of this presentation with an understanding of the reasons and the power of adult play as well as interventions for using play with clients in sessions, even in the virtual world of telehealth!

    Workshop Objectives:

    1. Attendees will have a clear understanding of their own feelings and biases around using play with adult clients

    2. Attendees will have a clear understanding of the science behind play as a survival skill.

    3. Attendees will walk away with concrete adult therapy tools.

    Presenter’s Name: Justine Mastin, LMFT LADC

    Presenter’s Bio: Justine Mastin, MA, LMFT, LADC, E-RYT 200, YACEP is a therapist, yogi, writer, podcaster, and full-time rabble-rouser. As the owner/founder of Blue Box Counseling Justine specializes in working with clients who self-identify as being outside the mainstream—such as those in the geek, secular, and LGBTQIA+ communities. Justine is a board member of the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and is recognized as both an AAMFT and MN board-approved supervisor. Justine loves to work with other therapists on how to find their authentic voice and to question the status quo of therapy culture. Justine is a charismatic speaker, committed to bringing humor and stories into the lives of everyone she serves. Justine literally co-wrote the book on Therapeutic Fanfiction, has contributed to numerous other books on pop culture and psychology, and regularly blogs about the healing power of fandom for Psychology Today and psychotherapy.net. Outside of the office, Justine is the captain/co-host of the Starship Therapise podcast, and appears at pop culture conventions around the country teaching yoga and speaking on geek wellness topics. Justine takes a holistic approach to healing: mind, body, and fandom. You can find her on facebook, instagram, and twitter @mindbodyfandom.

    Co-Presenter Info: Marit Appeldoorn, MSW, LICSW, RPT-S

    Marit has been in the field of children’s mental health for almost 25 years, working in early intervention, home visiting, and outpatient therapy. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker and registered play therapy supervisor with a private practice in south Minneapolis, and she provides supervision and consultation to students and clinicians interested in working from an integrative perspective. She is a past president of the Minnesota Association for Play Therapy, teaches on the adjunct faculty of Saint Mary’s and Augsburg Universities, and is a co-founder of Safe Haven, an organization dedicated to providing professional support, mentorship, and consultation to therapists. She frequently presents on issues related to integrative mental health, play therapy, and healing therapist burnout, and she is the co-author of the recently published book Moving Mountains: An Integrative Manual to Help Youth With Intensity,Reactivity, and Anxiety (2020).
    • October 19, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • online via Zoom
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    October 19, 2021 9am-Noon

    This webinar has been approved for 3.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. 

    $60 for MAMFT members, $90 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Submit the evaluation form and email our administrator before 1/30/22 to qualify for CE credit.  Further details on these steps will be provided in your confirmation email.

    Workshop Title: (Webinar) Working with Body Image Concerns from a Health Every Size Perspective

    Workshop Description: In a culture where thinness is glorified as health, we have difficulty separating true holistic health from fatphobic messages about body size and ideas about “clean eating.” Research has consistently shown that diets have a 95% failure rate, yet health professionals often prescribe weight loss through dieting as a solution to their patients' and clients' body image issues. This perpetuates fatphobia and encourages harmful weight cycling, and contributes to the growing rates of eating disorders. This training is designed to equip mental health professionals to challenge their own weight and food biases and moralizations, in service of better helping their clients embody radical self-acceptance and true health.

    Workshop Objectives: Participants will be introduced to the concept of weight stigma and examine the way it negatively impacts an individual’s mental and physical health. Participants will learn about treating the trauma of weight discrimination from a macro and micro perspective. Participants will learn about the principles of Health At Every Size and how HAES encourages true holistic health. Participants will explore techniques for encouraging embodiment and mindful attunement in health-promoting behaviors such as movement, rest, and eating patterns. Participants will be equipped with strategies for helping clients who are experiencing negative body image and/or disordered eating patterns such as bingeing, chronic dieting, weight cycling, and more.

    Co-Presenter’s Name: Kristi Hall, MA, LMFT

    Co-Presenter’s Bio: Kristi Hall is a marriage and family therapist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor from St. Paul, MN. She obtained her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from St. Mary’s University in 2014, and became certified in Intuitive Eating Counseling in 2017. She has a private practice which specializes in working with individuals with body image and disordered eating concerns in an embodied and mindful way.

    Co-Presenter’s Name: Liz Wienke, MA, LPC

    Co-Presenter’s Bio: Liz Wienke received her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Bethel University in 2010 and is currently pursuing her LPCC. She was certified as an Intuitive Eating Counselor in 2020. Liz is in private practice and has a passion to help women to heal their relationships with food and their bodies through a non-diet approach.

    • November 05, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • online via Zoom
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    November 5, 2021 9:00 AM-12PM

    This webinar has been approved for 3.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. 

    $60 for MAMFT members, $90 for non-members

    You need to register using the email associated with your active MAMFT membership to receive the member rate.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.

    Submit the evaluation form and email our administrator before 1/30/22 to qualify for CE credit.  Further details on these steps will be provided in your confirmation email.

    Workshop Title: (Webinar) Counseling Adults with ADHD

    Workshop Description: 

    Adults with ADHD have problems with planning organizing, time management, remembering, following through on tasks or projects and getting them done.  These problems make it very difficult to manage their lives, their work and their relationships.  This workshop will explain these neurological problems.  The presenter will also demonstrate strategies that can be effectively used to deal with the problems.  The  mistaken beliefs that were developed in childhood because of this condition and are currently interfering in their lives will also be discussed.

    Workshop Objectives:

    • Participants will learn the problems that are associated with this neurological condition and how they impact work, self-management and relationships.
    • Strategies for compensating for these neurological problems will be explained.
    • Participants will learn how to help these clients compensate for the problems with strategies that are affective.
    • Participants will learn the mistaken beliefs often seen in these clients, that should be addressed in their therapy.

    Presenter’s Name: Susan Brokaw, MFT and ADHD Specialist

    Presenter’s Bio: Susan Pye Brokaw, LMFT is an AD/HD Specialist and has extensive training in ADHD.  She was the founder and Executive Director of Attention Deficits Support Services for nine years.  She has presented workshops and in-services regarding ADHD in Minnesota, around the United States and in Canada.  She has published five books on AD/HD: “The AD/HD Take Home Testing Manual”, The AD/HD Manual for Parents, “The AD/HD Strategies Manual for Professionals”, “The ADHD Strategies Manual for Adult sand “The AD/HD Strategies Manual for Educators”,.  She has also produced several videos on AD/HD.  Susan was a founder the Adler Graduate School and is currently Faculty Emeritus.  She has a private practice in Minnetonka, MN.


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