Annual Conference

The 2019 MAMFT Annual Conference will take place on September 12th & 13th. Diane Poole Heller, PhD will present, Clinical Interventions to Help Heal Attachment Wounds on the 12th and workshops by local therapists will be provided on the 13th.

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Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., is an established expert in the field of Child and Adult Attachment Theory and Models, trauma resolution, and integrative healing techniques. Diane developed her own signature series on Adult Attachment called DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience) also known as SATe (Somatic Attachment Training experience).  Dr. Heller began her work with Dr. Peter Levine, founder of SETI (Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute) in 1989. As Senior Faculty for SETI, she taught Somatic Experiencing® trauma work internationally for over 25 years. As a dynamic speaker and teacher, Diane has been featured at prestigious international events and conferences.

She is the author of numerous articles in the field. Her book “Crash Course” on auto accident trauma resolution is used worldwide as a resource for healing a variety of overwhelming life events. Her film, “Surviving Columbine”, produced with Cherokee Studios, aired on CNN and supported community healing in the aftermath of the school shootings. Sounds True recently published Dr. Heller’s audio book: “Healing Your Attachment Wounds: How to Create Deep and Lasting Relationships” and “The Power of Attachment: How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships”. As developer of DARe and president of Trauma Solutions, a psychotherapy training organization, Dr. Heller supports the helping community through an array of specialized topics.

Clinical Interventions to Help Heal Attachment Wounds

Healing childhood wounds is key for enjoying fulfilling relationships as an adult. This workshop will be a blend of lecture, experiential exercises, guided imaginary meditations, and multimedia presentations. You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of Attachment Styles: Secure, Ambivalent/ Preoccupied, Avoidant/Dismissive and Disorganized, as well as how they impact adult relationships.

Dr. Diane Poole Heller’s groundbreaking approach will help you learn what the hallmarks are for identifying each style, as well as what is needed to enhance secure attachment. As you explore this material and your own attachment history, you will discover how to heal this important part of the human journey, overcoming the grip of past wounds to have more fun, deeper connection and healthy intimacy in relationships.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Identify how dynamics between early childhood “family of origin” attachment patterns may play out in adult
  • Compare the distinctions between Secure, Avoidant, Ambivalent, and Disorganized Attachment
  • Use Corrective Experiences to aid in resolving fixed attachment
  • Describe “Earned Attachment”, which means a return to healthy Secure Attachment that occurs as early bonding wounds are repaired and healed.

See all of the Friday workshops listed below. Click here for the bios for Friday’s presenters.

*Registration fee includes all materials, refreshments and breakfast fare both mornings.  Lunch is “on your own” both days.  There are several food venues connected to the hotel via the Galleria skywalk.

Click here to reserve a hotel room at the block rate.  The cut-off date for the room block rate is August 13, 2019.

Refund Policy: 

Requests must be made in writing. Refunds will be given on requests received 10 days prior to the training event. A 20% administrative fee per person will be deducted from all cancellations. No refunds will be given if received less than 10 days prior to the event, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person.

Brochure_MAMFT Annual Conference 2019

Date & Location



The Westin Edina Galleria
3201 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435

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Workshops

Thu September 12, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Presenter(s): Diane Poole Heller, PhD
Healing childhood wounds is key for enjoying fulfilling relationships as an adult. This workshop will be a blend of lecture, experiential exercises, guided imaginary meditations, and multimedia presentations. You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of Attachment Styles: Secure, Ambivalent/ Preoccupied, Avoidant/Dismissive and Disorganized, as well as how they impact adult relationships.

Dr. Diane Poole Heller’s groundbreaking approach will help you learn what the hallmarks are for identifying each style, as well as what is needed to enhance secure attachment. As you explore this material and your own attachment history, you will discover how to heal this important part of the human journey, overcoming the grip of past wounds to have more fun, deeper connection and healthy intimacy in relationships.

Thu September 12, 4:45pm - 5:45pm

Presenter(s):
Posters by Doctoral and Master level students showing the latest research in the field will be presented. Attendance during the full hour is required in order to receive CE credit.

Fri September 13, 8:30am - 10:00am

Presenter(s): Lambers Fisher, MS, LMFT, MDiv
Unintentional cultural offenses and misunderstandings often contribute to disconnected personal and professional relationships. Unfortunately, helping professionals often feel paralyzed by the fear that we don’t know enough about other cultures to try to counsel clients different than themselves. This workshop will help reduce those fears by providing an attainable goal for increasing cultural competence, as well as practical strategies for reducing the negative impact of unavoidable cultural misunderstandings on therapeutic rapport and effectiveness.
Presenter(s): Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, LMFT
Now that Ethics CEUs are mandatory, it might be a good time to take stock of what the field of Ethics is really about. This workshop will range from giving an overview of the field to teaching practical nuts-and-bolts applied ethics in MFT. Together we will examine the rationale for different ways of ethical thinking as well as learn some tried-and-true models for ethical decision making in MFT practice. Finally, a developmental model of practitioner development as it applies to ethical decision-making will be presented and explored. (Pending approval for MFT Ethics CEUs - 1.5 credits)
Presenter(s): Kalli Matsuhashi, MA, LP, LMFT; Adina Lebowitz, MA, INHC
Therapists, mediators, parenting consultants, and other professionals working with separating or divorcing families often work with parents well before a child’s preference for one parent develops into a refusal to transition to the other parent’s home. This presentation will provide ways to promote successful co-parenting by helping recognize the factors that contribute to high conflict patterns of interaction. We will discuss principles of parent-child contact problems and provide strategies to course correct so that both parents can continue to have parenting time with their children.
Presenter(s): Tabitha Webster, PhD, LMFT; Deborah Koons-Beauchamp, MBA, MFT Graduate Student
This presentation aims to examine chronic pain in the clinical population. It aims to explore the link between chronic pain and traumatic early life experiences. It will then explore the neurobiological effects of trauma on the body and will discuss how these findings can facilitate better healing outcomes for clients.
Presenter(s): Judy Sherwood, MA, LMFT, MBA; Michelle Millenacker, PsyD, LP
Learn the language of Family Courts. What to do when you get a subpoena. How to respond to attorneys, judges, Guardians Ad Litem. What happens when you're asked to testify about a case? How to protect yourself and your clients - maintaining the integrity of your therapeutic relationships with clients.
This is a multi-session workshop. Selecting this will disallow selecting from other sessions this workshop occupies.
Presenter(s): Melissa Wetterlund, MA, LP, LMFT, RPT-S; Sara Werner, MA, LP, RPT-S, SEP
This break out session will briefly discuss the basic tenets of Somatic Experiential Play therapy and incorporate the importance of tracking the physiology in children during play. Principles of neuroscience and tracking for fight, flight, freeze, and collapse will also be discussed. Lecture, power point, experiential learning, and video case examples will be used to enhance learning. Participants will gain an understanding of what children's physiology is communicating during play and ways to respond to and support their nervous systems in the resolution of trauma.
This is a multi-session workshop. Selecting this will disallow selecting from other sessions this workshop occupies.
Presenter(s): Bruce Minor, MS, LMFT; Brier Miller, MS, LMFT
Join us in a collaborative conversation about relational ethics. While prescriptive/institutional ethics provide important maps, we’ll explore the practice of relational ethics that honors every client’s strengths and story, and is co-created and considered within the unique context of each therapeutic relationship. We’ll discuss the risks and limitations of bringing a fear-based or power-over approach to ethical considerations, which can too often decontextualize and dishonor culture, community and relationship, and we'll explore what a relational practice requires of us as family therapists. ((Pending approval for MFT Ethics CEUs - 3.0 credits)

Fri September 13, 10:15am - 11:45am

Presenter(s): Dorothee Tshiela, MA, LPCC
How does mental health show up in communities of color? What are ways that mental health professionals can increase cultural awareness? This presentation will answer these common questions, as well as provide examples of how culture intersects with mental health.
Presenter(s): Stanley Thiele, MA, LMFT, LP; Samantha Franklin, MA, LMFT
This presentation provides specific tools to reduce family or social system anxiety and the anxiety of the system members. It works from the premise that reduction in individual anxiety will accrue to the benefit of the system and the reduction of anxiety generating phenomenon within the system will accrue to the benefit of the individual members. This means there are two portals of helpful, but distinctively different, interventions - the system itself (especially focusing on adaptations by executive authority within the system) and any or all of the individual members. (Intermediate)
Presenter(s): Derek Ball, PhD, LMFT
Forgiveness is an essential skill both in relationships and in therapy. But how can we articulate it in a way that our clients understand? The Four A's of Forgiveness breaks the forgiveness process down into four easy to remember steps that account for both party's contribution to restoring their relationship. These steps were derived from watching clients work through the difficult issue of forgiving pain and repairing trust. Clinical examples and philosophical understandings of forgiveness will be discussed.
Presenter(s): Melissa Mrozek, MA, LAMFT, LADC; Nikki Knudson-Dalal, MA, LMFT, LADC
In 2017, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) 19.7 million American adults struggled with chemical health issues. Based on these statistics, chances are that you have existing client(s) in your office, who struggle with their own chemical health or that of a loved one. This is an entry level workshop presented by a dual marriage and family therapist and alcohol and drug counselors. The workshop will provide a framework to help better understand the effects of substance abuse disorders on the individual and the family, co-occurring disorders, provide therapeutic considerations, resources and more.
Presenter(s): Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT
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. (Pending approval for MFT Supervision CEUs - 1.5 credits)

Fri September 13, 1:15pm - 2:45pm

Presenter(s): Brian Burns, MS, LMFT; Deborah Clemmensen, M.Eq., LP; Rachel Livingston, MA, LMFT
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.
Presenter(s): Christine Dudero, MA, LMFT
Sexual offending continues to be a public health problem. As we look to understand the motivators and drives to commit a sexual offense, research indicates that attachment styles may contribute to offense motivators (cognitive distortions) and serve as an important area to address in therapy. Whether you work with those who have committed sexual offenses or not, this workshop will provide information on how attachment styles can influence maladaptive thinking patterns and maladaptive coping skills.
Presenter(s): Lucas Volini, DMFT, LMFT; Acacia Gammage, MA
As systems trained clinicians, MFTs are distinctly located to assess and disrupt macrosystemic issues in ways that mirror clinical intervention. As we find our voice in the public sector, however, we must maintain fidelity to ethical standards of professional practice. In this workshop, presenters will demonstrate a facilitated dialogue between individuals from the community that maintain opposing political beliefs. To follow, participants will join Lucas and Acacia as panel discussants to deconstruct the experience while taking questions and engaging interactive discussion with the audience.
Presenter(s): Samantha Woller, Graduate Student
Through a cybernetic framework, this presentation discusses the phenomena of online dating and its effects on the development, formation, and satisfaction of resulting relationships, in relation to how people embody relationships. The presenter will discuss the etiology and multisystemic dynamics of online dating and effects on relations. Examining the differences in online and offline dating practices, attraction, and the embodiment of relationship. The presenter will demonstrate how these practices are internalized by individuals and the implications for clinical assessment and intervention.
Presenter(s): Anthony Mielke, DMFT, LMFT & Marshall McElhinney
A systemic, trauma-informed approach to therapy with children and their families will be presented in order to equip to provide holistic services to parents and children. This presentation will integrate a critical examination of common assumptions and beliefs informing child-rearing and education, systemic clinical strategies, and parenting techniques from Interpersonal Neurobiology and Somatic Experiencing literature to facilitate healing relationships within the family and with relevant stakeholders. These concepts will be applied to clinical vignettes using co-learning activities.
This is a multi-session workshop. Selecting this will disallow selecting from other sessions this workshop occupies.
Presenter(s): Michelle Peterson, MS, LMFT
Preparation for those anticipating completing the requirements for MFT licensure and review for LMFTs who need an update on how the Ethics Codes have changed over time. Ethics codes and MN laws provide a safety net for therapists and our clients. Please join us for a challenging discussion of ethical issues ranging from minor consent issues to dual relationships and more. This presentation is ideal for practitioners preparing to take their state exam or for anyone experiencing the transition from being an LAMFT to an LMFT. (Pending approval for MFT Ethics CEUs - 3.0 credits)
This is a multi-session workshop. Selecting this will disallow selecting from other sessions this workshop occupies.
Presenter(s): T. Rob Winkler, MA, LP, RPT
This class will explore and demonstrate how to bring Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT) concepts and techniques to children of all ages. Bringing CBPT to younger children necessitates being able to utilize non-directive (child led) CBPT, understanding meta-communication of cognitive schema through symbolism & metaphor, and understanding the latest neurological research demonstrating a new understanding of mind & brain. The foundational concepts and skills for doing this will be introduced, taught, and demonstrated.

Fri September 13, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Presenter(s): Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT
Gender expansiveness beyond the binary has existed across time and space, as supported by historical and anthropological evidence. However, part of the legacy of settler-colonialism is a pervasive belief in gender as a binary in dominant culture, even though studies have shown how rigid beliefs about gender negatively impact a range of people of all gender identities. As marriage and family therapists we often see this play out in familial relationships in a variety of ways. Ideas on how to address this directly in the therapy room, from a trauma-informed perspective, will be addressed.
Presenter(s): Tabitha Webster, PhD, LMFT; Flora Williams; Andrew Norwood
This Presentation will focus on identifying and understanding the six complex types of Ethnic-Racial Trauma and Stress (ERTS). The presentation will explore the need for ERTS competency, looking at what the therapist can do to help facilitate healing from ERTS.
Presenter(s): Kile Minnis, MS, MFT Graduate Student
Systems theory allows clinicians to see, among other things, all the constraints or reasons someone acts the way they do. This allows for a worldview that allows compassion for all. Though clinicians are in the business of change; compassion, or sometimes pity if we’re not careful, keeps people forever stuck. So where does the individual's responsibility fit with systems theory and how can clinicians balance systemic theory of constraints and individual responsibility for choice? Should looking at the individual's constraints absolve the individual for their actions?
Presenter(s): Patrick Parker, MA, LMFT; Donna La Chapelle; Takayla Lightfield
A significant number of Indigenous Americans struggle with Mental and Chemical Health and finding providers that are competent to the cultural struggles of Indigenous Americans can be difficult. Many individuals who identify as IA struggle to open up and trust a system that has let them down for generations. This training will open dialogue and educate providers on ways that they can help make the therapy room a safe and peaceful place of Indigenous Americans.
Presenter(s): Nick Wallace, MA, LMFT; Kyle Zrenchik, PhD, ACS, LMFT
Emotions are often difficult for men to access, process, and express. This challenge often exacerbates underlying symptoms of mental and emotional trauma, and creates a barrier between the client and those around them. While many therapeutic strategies rely on emotional recall and expression, contemporary therapeutic approaches dramatically under-serve men that, quite literally, don't know how to feel their feelings. In this presentation, participants will learn strategies to help emotionally-disconnected men create deeper, more powerful, and more global change.