April 17, 2020 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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This webinar has been approved for 2.0 CEUs approved by the MN MFT Regulatory Board. $20 for MAMFT members, $40 for non-members
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Workshop Title: Demystifying OCD
Workshop Presenter: Lucy Grantz, LMFT
Workshop Description: This training is designed to demystify Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for clinicians and to help identify OCD in clients when recurring struggles seem elusive and hard to treat. Once known as the “Doubting Disease”, OCD can present similarly to trauma, but common trauma approaches generally only work in the short-term. Most masters level programs don’t delve into the specifics around OCD, making it difficult for therapists to identify and treat effectively.
Workshop Objectives: Participants in this 2 hour training will: Learn about lesser-known, purely mental types of OCD (sometimes known as “Pure-O”). Increase understanding of the mechanism of OCD. Learn why Exposure and Response Prevention is so effective with OCD, when other approaches often are not. Learn an overview of how approach working with clients with OCD without feeding it unknowingly.
Presenter Bio: Lucy Grantz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been treating OCD since 2017. Lucy obtained her masters in Art Therapy from the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1999 and her certificate in marriage and family therapy from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis in 2010. She was trained in how to treat OCD and related disorders from the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute in 2018. Lucy works with tweens, teens and adults and their family members as needed for OCD therapy at Lyn Lake Psychotherapy and Wellness.
May 8, 2020
This webinar has been approved for 3.0 CEUs approved by the MN MFT Regulatory Board. $45 for MAMFT members, $90 for non-members
Workshop Title: An Understanding of Hoarding Disorder for Mental Health Professionals
Presented By: Janet Yeats, MA LMFT
Workshop Description: Hoarding is a mental health disorder that has public safety implications. In order to effectively help people who hoard and their families, mental health professionals need to understand the reasons why people hoard and how to provide help to change hoarding behaviors. This workshop will provide an introduction to understanding a definition of hoarding, how it differs from clutter and collecting, as well as the causes of hoarding disorder and how to address safety concerns. Client and case examples will be provided as a way to better understand how to develop compassion and effective work with hoarding disorder.
Workshop Objectives: Learn the definition of hoarding disorder and foundational information related to hoarding. Discuss the biopsychosocial causes for hoarding disorder. Understand the role of trauma, grief and loss and its impact on hoarding behaviors.
Hoarding disorder impacts individuals, couples and families, specifically by negatively impacting relationships through isolation, unsafe behaviors, and inappropriate responses. Couples and families have difficulty understanding why their loved one engages in such behaviors, and this lack of understanding leads to unfortunate ultimatums, unhelpful clean-outs, and emotional and physical cut-offs. Marriage and family therapists need to better understand the narrative that leads a person to engage in hoarding behaviors in order to help individuals who hoard, and maintain the couple and family relationships alongside the behaviors.
Presenter’s Bio: Janet R. Yeats, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from Minneapolis, MN. Janet earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at Bethel University, and a second master’s degree in family social science from the University of Minnesota. She is a trauma and grief specialist, and has worked with populations diagnosed with dementia, hoarding, and PTSD. Janet is the former clinical director of the Wayne Caron Family Caregiving Center, which provided support and programming for family members of loved one with dementia; and was also a team member at the N. Bud Grossman Memory Clinic for 5 years. In 2010, she co-founded The Hoarding Project, and left in 2016 to develop her consultation, speaking, supervision work, and to pursue writing on grief and loss. Janet is a trauma responder and a member of the Medical Reserve Corps and the MN Mobile Medical Team. She is intern supervisor and provides case consultation facilitation at Avenues for Homeless Youth in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park, MN. Janet has published multiple articles on ambiguous loss as well as on hoarding disorder.
Workshop Title: The Social Regulatory Theory of Anger and How it Can Change How You Practice
Presented By: Samantha Franklin, MA, LMFT & Stanley Thiele, MA, JD, LP, LMFT
Workshop Description: Anger is often a negatively labeled emotion in society, as well as scary and/or difficult to work with in therapy. Participants will learn a concrete framework to better understand anger and how to teach this to their clients, as well as interventions for how to keep clients in treatment. Participants will also learn anger coping skills to de-escalate anger in the moment, and long-term strategies for clients to be able to decrease the intensity and frequency of their anger over-time so recurrent issues related to their anger improve.
Workshop Objectives: Review the purpose of anger and establish a shared definition. Explain concept of stored anger, its consequences and contribution to anger issues. Teach short-term de-escalation coping skills and long-term interventions for decreasing stored anger. Identify common mistakes by helpers. Improve treatment engagement. Describe how to transfer anger management skills to individuals with high levels of anger.
Anger issues and its negative consequences is a systemic issue as anger problems impact relationships, society, and the legal system. Working with clients on anger management also includes considering the system they grew up in and the system they are a part of currently, as the system can be a barrier and/or support in their improvements with anger.
Sam Franklin has worked in a variety of settings, such as clinics, schools, residential settings, and has also provided community based mental health services. She currently works at a group practice providing, individual, couples, and family therapy, in which one of her specialties is anger management. Sam also co-facilitates an adult anger management group.
Stanley Thiele is a practicing clinical psychologist in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area. He specializes in the treatment of complex mood disorders, relationship issues and developmental psychology. He uses his therapy experience to develop presentations and seminars on mental health. He also develops psychological assessments for Dashometrics, LLC, a supplier of brief assessments for the mental health industry.
Recordings will be available for CE credit until: January 15, 2021
Earn 6.0 CEUs (approved by the MN MFT Board). $125 for MAMFT members, $175 for non-members
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Refund Policy: No refunds are granted for recorded trainings.
You must view the recording(s), submit the evaluation form and email our administrator before 1/15/21 to qualify for CE credit. Further details on these steps will be provided in your confirmation email.
Presenters: Brian Burns, MS, LMFT & Deb Clemmensen, M.Eq., LP
Divorce and separation are painful crises for families, usually the end result of long patterns of conflict between parents. In these situations, children deserve the best safe parenting they can get. How can safety and hope be created for children in the midst of such crisis? Through our experience providing respectful, neutral support, we have witnessed even high-conflict parents make the transition to an effective partnership and work together to craft high quality, child-centered parenting plans. This workshop will describe several models of how to work with both parents and children.
The Role of the Individual Child Therapist in Court-Involved Cases
Presenter: Kalli Matsuhashi, MA, LP, LMFT
Individual child therapists play a critical role as a member of a team of professionals supporting high conflict families who have frequent involvement with the court system. Unfortunately, many are not aware of the guidelines for working with these cases, and can enable behaviors and patterns of interaction that detract from rather than support the child’s relationship with all family members. This presentation will introduce to clinicians the “Guidelines for Court-Involved Therapy” developed by the AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts). Participants will also learn ways to be more effective with the children in these families, through an understanding of the unique aspects of these cases and by applying their knowledge of family systems.
Court Involved Therapy: Best Practices and Practical Advice
Presenters: Judy Sherwood, LMFT & Michelle Millenacker, PsyD, LP
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Jul 10, 2020
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Recording will be available for viewing until: January 15, 2021
Earn 3.5 CEUs (approved by the MN MFT Regulatory Board). $70 for MAMFT members, $105 for non-members.
Workshop Title: The Language of Movement: Maps for Working with Movement and Nonverbal Expressions in Therapy
Presented By: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb, MA, MFA, LMFT, BCDMT, SEP, WoS
Workshop Description: Movement is a language that continually communicates and expresses all of aspects of our identity, stories and past experiences as well as our current emotions and moods. Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), a non-verbal systemic framework is a complex but powerful lens for revealing the subtle meanings embedded in all movement patterns and expressions. LMA provides a comprehensive non-verbal map able to increase awareness of non-verbal expressions and guide clinical interventions. It can also enhances sensitivity to multicultural non-verbal expressions and promotes a deeper understanding of all forms of non-verbal communication. This workshop will use experiential explorations, observation and didactic discussion to introduce LMA-based frameworks for understanding movement and body patterns and augmenting clinical efficacy.
Workshop Objectives: Participants will be introduced to role and mechanisms of movement in communication, expression and as a reflection of personality, culture, and other aspects of the human experience. Participants will be introduced to frameworks for describing, analyzing, and working with all movement expressions from micro (physiological) to macro (gestural) -movement patterns. Participants will experience and practice selected examples for working with non-verbal behaviors in relationship to clinical assessment and interventions. Participants will explore ways of adapting movement and body interventions to specific populations and therapeutic goals. Participants will discuss the efficacy and counter indications for working non-verbal movement patterns in relationship to specific populations and settings.
Presenter’s Bio: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MA-MFT, MFA LMFT, BC-DMT, CMA, PWAssociate, SEP, WoS, 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 growth, understanding and healing. 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 teaching Lithuania (1997), Estonia on a Fulbright Scholar’s Grant (2011), Seoul, S. Korea (2018- 2019 and with Inspirees Institute in China (2014-present). 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.
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Recording will be available for CE credit until: August 25, 2021
Earn 6.0 CEUs (1.5 of which is approved for Ethics CEs). $125 for MAMFT members, $150 for non-members
Workshop 1: Self-Compassion and Empathy: The Superheroes of Fighting Shame in Family presented by: Jamie Mosley, LPCC, CDWF, ACS
Workshop Description: Viewers will increase their knowledge around shame triggers and how to educate families on self-conscious affects (shame, guilt, humiliation, and embarrassment). Viewers will also learn how people can have unwanted identities and how those identities may affect family dynamics. Lastly, viewers will learn effective tools for moving through shame utilizing self-compassion and empathy.
Presenter Bio: Jamie is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator, based on the work of Brene Brown. Jamie has a long background in Head Start and then pursued her calling to be a therapist and is now the owner of Conscious Healing Counseling. Jamie is certified in EMDR and has worked extensively with clients that have experienced trauma or shame. Jamie is also serving on the board of Minnesota Counseling Association.
Workshop 2: Stay At Home Order, Not Safer for Some: Facts, Effects and Resources for Domestic Violence presented by: Melanie Aleman, MA, LMFT, Rule 114 Qualified Neutral
Workshop Description: Viewers will learn the basic facets of domestic violence including forms of abusive behaviors and gain awareness about how telehealth services might be impacted by domestic violence and vice versa. Viewers will also gain knowledge of resources and interventions that can be used with families that have experienced domestic violence.
Presenter Bio: Melanie worked as a therapist and the Men’s Program Supervisor previously at a domestic violence organization for three years. The organization worked to serve the family in these complex situations while honoring client’s autonomous choices for relationships retention and worked toward holistic healing. Most recently, Melanie began intervention programming in private practice to provide groups with individuals who have used abusive behaviors (male identified groups). Melanie’s work includes strengths-based, trauma informed work that includes a restorative justice component. Melanie has been working in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy with individuals who have used and experienced abuse and trauma over the last six years.
Workshop 3: Getting to the Heart of It: Family Therapy Steps to Convene Difficult Conversations Between Teens and Parents in Pandemic Times presented by: Krista Nelson, LICSW, LMFT, Approved Consultant in EMDR
Workshop Description: Viewers will take stock of their own observations of pandemic dynamics on family systems and examine how current realities are shaping their family therapy practice; increase their methods to enhance protective, nurturing and wisdom resources in teens and parents co-existing with COVID restrictions; gain narrative and experiential strategies to engage conflicted youth and their caregivers through push pull to relational reengagement, enlisting tools of Internal Family Systems and Attachment Focused Family Therapy; AND reflect on our fields’ call to be agents of change in this moment through reimagining self as a choreographer of “new dance steps” in essential family relationships during times that are uprooting the familiar and provoking adaptation
Presenter Bio: Krista Nelson is a family therapist and co-founder of Family Circle Counseling PLLC in St. Paul. Krista is a specialist in trauma and attachment healing with individuals and families throughout the lifespan. From 2001-2017, she led the Wilder Foundation’s Attachment and Trauma Training Program, creating training for residential and day treatment, foster care, and community mental health programs. She is the creator of multiple MNADOPT parent workshops offered throughout the state since 2008. In addition to choreographing teen-parent sessions each week, today Krista serves as Trauma Consultant for therapist teams within the Wilder Foundation, Volunteers of America, and the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare through the University of Minnesota.
Workshop 4*: Relational Ethics in the time of Global Uprising: De-Centering White Privilege in our Discipline and Practice presented by: Amy DiGennaro, MFA, MA, ATR, LMFT+
Workshop Description: A conversation on Relational Ethics between five longtime colleagues and friends who have deep experience with the Narrative Therapy worldview and practices (not a curated “panel of experts”). Tzu-Ping Cheng, Amy DiGennaro, Josh Mark, and Matt Mooney have been talking together for years, often weekly, to share experiences, consult, and strengthen their commitment to and practice of therapeutic conversations that stand up to oppression and marginalization. The self-named “Tiny Narrative Group” come together here to talk about relational ethics, in contrast to traditional/legal ethics and how relational ethics is a justice-doing mindset that contributes to the work of de-centering whiteness/white supremacy, and standing up to oppressive/marginalizing practices implicit and invisibilized in traditional/dominant discourses of “professionalism” and ethics.
Tzu-Ping Cheng is a mental health counselor who recently returned home to Taiwan to continue her work after years studying and working in Chicago. IL.
Amy DiGennaro is an artist/therapist from the east coast of the US now based in the place called Minneapolis, on Dakota land, where she practices therapy as an act of solidarity and movement work towards liberation for all. A brief interview with Amy.
Suzanne Gazzolo practices, consults and teaches narrative therapy virtually and in the Chicago area.
Josh Mark is a social worker and narrative therapist in Skokie IL.
Matt Mooney is a family therapist, clinical supervisor, and high school social worker in Hartford, CT.
*Approved for 1.5 Ethics CEs
Feb 28, 2020 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
This webinar has been approved for 3.0 Ethics CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board. $45 for MAMFT members, $90 for non-members
Workshop Title: Approaching Eating Disorders as Mental Health Professionals: Assessing, Treating, and Preventing Eating Disorders While Challenging Biases
Presented By: Ashley Baird Urbanski, MA, LMFT
Workshop Description: Eating disorders are far more common than most of us realize and have far reaching psychological and physical consequences. Most mental health professionals are not provided the appropriate training to be able to diagnose and treat those with eating disorders. This training will give insight into how to diagnose eating disorders early on in order to work towards early intervention and prevention of these diagnoses. The various eating disorder diagnoses will be discussed in reference to DSM criteria and how to recognize early warning signs. The main tenants of how to treat eating disorders at different levels of care will be introduced, as well as what to say and what not to say to a client who expresses concerns about eating, food, body image, and/or weight. Attendees will learn ways to assess for, diagnose, and start to treat eating disorders in an outpatient, non-specialty clinic/private practice. Throughout this training, discussion will also be had around current cultural narratives and how these narratives, in conjunction with our own biases and/or lack of knowledge, can get in the way of early intervention and prevention of eating disorders. Self-care of professionals treating eating disorders will also be considered. The influence of the family system on the formation and maintenance of eating disorders, as well as their vital role in the healing process will be highlighted at various points in the training.
Workshop Objectives: Participants will be able to: 1. Assess for eating disorders and eating disorder risk factors as mental health professionals in order to aid in prevention and early intervention. 2. Learn detailed information about treatment of eating disorders in the inpatient and outpatient settings, and how the family system plays a role. 3. Identify current, cultural narratives and personal biases around food and body and how these contribute to eating disorder diagnoses, including how their own family systems as clinicians have impacted their view of eating disorders, food, and/or body image. 4. Learn how family systems contribute to eating disorders and how they can be the key to healing.
Presenter’s Bio: Ashley Baird Urbanski graduated with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. During her studies she volunteered on Crisis Connection’s crisis line and the National Suicide Prevention Line. She also completed a practicum at Park Nicollet Melrose Center treating individuals and families struggling with eating disorders. She went on to take a position at The Emily Program where she furthered her specialty treating eating disorders. She began work at The Emily Program in the adolescent residential program and proceeded to work in adult day programs and adult outpatient services. In the past year Ashley has transitioned to private practice and now works at DBT Associates, providing DBT and RO-DBT treatment, both of which are primary theories of therapy used to treat eating disorders. She continues to specialize in eating disorders at this group practice and most of her caseload reflects this. Ashley has a passion for helping those struggling with eating disorders and hopes one day for a world without this struggle. She is a member of the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and also works for this association as an Administrative Coordinator. When she is not in the therapy office you will find her traveling the world, making jewelry, crafting, hiking, biking, and going out to eat with her husband and friends.
October 9, 2020
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Recording will be available for CE credit (2.0) until 1/15/21
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Workshop Title: Supervising in Difficult Times
Presented By: Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, CST, SEP, LMFT
Workshop Description: Both supervisors and supervisees often share marginalized identities with their clients, as well as with one another. In this session we will discuss the impact of systemic oppression on the supervisory relationship from a range of perspectives. We will also address how the supervisory relationship is impacted by what is happening in the broader societal, cultural and political contexts. This session will include both didactic and interactive content. Both supervisors and supervisees are welcome to attend this session.
Workshop Objectives: The objective of this session is to develop the space for a systemic and reflective conversation about power, privilege and oppression in the context of the supervisory relationship. I believe these types of conversations around power and systems to be foundational to the practice of marriage and family therapy. The content will be particularly suitable for supervisors who may hold dominant societal identities while working with supervisees with marginalized identities and may not be aware of their implicit bias and/or know how to address these topics within the context of supervision.
Presenter Bio: Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT is a certified sex therapist, family therapist, Somatic ExperiencingⓇ practitioner, clinical supervisor, writer and independent scholar. They are adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the chair elect for the Trans and Queer interest network of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. They were the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy for eleven years and have researched, presented and published extensively on gender, disability, sexuality, relationships, and HIV. Alex is passionate about healing justice and community-based and engaged scholarship. They are a trans masculine, nonbinary, bi queer, disabled, Italian immigrant who has been living on Dakota and Anishinaabe territories, currently known as Minneapolis, MN (US) since 2008. Alex has co-authored the books “How to Understand Your Gender: a practical guide for exploring who you are” and “Life Isn’t Binary” with Meg-John Barker (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). They host the podcast Gender Stories. You can find out more about them at www.alexiantaffi.com or follow them on Twitter @xtaffi
December 1, 2020
Recording will be available for CE credit until 12/1/21
This webinar has been approved for 2.0 Supervision CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board. $60 for MAMFT members only!
Workshop Title: Working through Fear and Anxiety in Supervision
Presented By: Jessie Everts, PhD LMFT
Workshop Description: This workshop will explore sources of fear and anxiety that are common in students, interns, supervisees, and new professionals, and ways in which supervisors can assist those under their supervision to work through these issues along their journey to becoming effective, brave, and ethical therapists.
Workshop Objectives: The objective of this workshop is to prepare supervisors to be able to work with fear and anxiety as they arise in students, interns, supervisees, and new professionals under their supervision. The workshop will be presented from a family therapy practice perspective, and will address common fears and anxieties that have arisen specifically in MFT practice and supervision settings.
Presenter Bio: Jessie Everts, PhD LMFT is the Owner and Founder of Empower Mental Health, an inclusive and empowering health organization offering therapy, training, supervision, and consultation with the goal of empowering all toward better mental health. Dr. Everts has previous experience in behavioral health administration and management, graduate level teaching, and providing and supervising mental health services in diverse settings. Dr. Everts received her doctorate in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She specializes in co-occurring disorders, strength-based supervision, mindfulness/meditation, trauma-informed care, and integrating research and practice.
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