A vital source of relational therapy within the community.

Annual Conference Registration

Pre-Registration is now closed.  Walk-In Registrations will be accepted. 

Earn up to 14 CEUs!

We have applied to the following boards for CE approval: MFT, LP and SW.

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Cancellation 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.

Date & Location

Thu September 20, 8:00am - 5:15pm
Fri September 21, 8:00am - 4:30pm

The Westin Edina Galleria
3201 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435

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Thu September 20, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Presenter(s): Manijeh Daneshpour, PhD, LMFT
Debates about multicultural competency, ethics of care, and social justice have proliferated throughout our mental health field and have become cliché conversations. Awareness of these issues serves as a way to evaluate the relationship between the ethics of cultural competence and normative Western mental health ethics. We rarely explicitly state the essential principles of cultural competency but in essence they are: (1) acknowledgement of the importance of culture in people's lives, (2) respect and appreciation for cultural differences, and (3) minimization of any negative consequences of cultural differences. Culturally competent academicians, researchers, and clinicians must promote these principles by learning about culture, embracing pluralism, and proactive accommodation.

Generally, culturally competent care will advance clients’ autonomy and justice. In this sense, cultural competence and Western mental health ethics are in many ways supposed to be mutually supportive movements. However, Western sociopolitical ethics and the personal ethical commitments of many mental health trainees will place limits on the extent to which they will endorse pluralism and social justice.

The presenter shares her views of the ethics of cultural competence and place the concepts of cultural competence in the context of Western moral theory. Clarity about the ethics of cultural competence can help mental health professionals promote and evaluate trainees’ integration of their own moral intuitions, Western mental health ethics, and the ethics of cultural competence. This presentation is direct and helpful enough to work as an introduction for students and insightful and original enough to make it highly relevant for clinicians and scholars.

* Attendees will have from 11:30-1:00 to enjoy lunch on their own (or with colleagues!) at one the many food venues connected via skyway and within walking distance of the conference.

Earn 6.0 CEUs

Thu September 20, 4:15pm - 5:15pm

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 (1) CE credit.

Thu September 20, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Presenter(s): Manijeh Daneshpour, PhD, LMFT
Join us for an intimate conversation with our wonderful presenter, Manijeh Danesphour. This hour will provide a greater opportunity for dialogue and will create space for digesting the information from earlier in the day with Manijeh and other attendees. Appetizers will be served. There is an additional fee of $35 to participate. You must attend Thursday or Thursday & Friday of the conference in order to be able to register for this hour.

Earn 1 CEU

Fri September 21, 8:30am - 10:00am

Presenter(s): Eman Tadros, M.S. MFT, Ph.D. Student, Adjunct Professor
Many family therapy models have been effective in promoting positive client outcomes. However, using an integrated approach of family therapies sheds a new view light on rewriting, reframing, and restructuring the client's story. This presentation integrates Structural Family Therapy conceptualization, Solution- Focused Therapy techniques, and Narrative Therapy attitudes of empowerment. This workshop will discuss the clinician’s role in change, the connection between family therapy theories and general systems theory, self-of-the-therapist issues, and issues of multiculturalism/ diversity. (Intermediate)
Presenter(s): Renee Segal, MA, LMFT, Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor; Kurt Wical, PhD, LMFT Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor
The echoes of trauma disrupt emotional & social functioning in intimate relationships. Emotional dysregulation, a hallmark of trauma, scrambles communication, blocks intimacy, & amplifies distress in couples. To heal trauma is being able to seek comfort & protection from a loved one. With no template for safe connection, triggered emotions can create escalations for trauma survivors & their partners. Working to help the trauma survivor reach open-heartedly & the partner respond vulnerably, is the focus of this workshop using Emotionally Focused Therapy with trauma survivor couples. (Intermediate)
Presenter(s): Jennifer Longren, Ed.D., LMFT, NCC, MN State-Approved Supervisor
Supervision is an integral part of counselor identity development. How has the age of technology shaped the millennial supervisee? This presentation will outline the generation of millennials, or those born between the years of 1980-2000. It will describe characteristics of the millennial counselor and how technology has shaped the developing brain. It will provide strategies for how to work with individuals from differing generations with different values and how to set up millennial counselors for success. Audience discussion is encouraged! (Intermediate)
Presenter(s): Ron Ousky, JD
Most therapists will encounter many couples or individuals who find themselves faced with the possibility of divorce or legal separation. Questions may arise about their legal rights and responsibilities in the event of divorce and often these clients will wonder whether there are things they should be doing legally to be prepared for the possibility of divorce. The purpose of this workshop is to help therapists guide their clients during these challenging times in a manner that respects the needs of the couple or individual on the brink of a possible divorce. (Intermediate)
This is a multi-session workshop. Selecting this will disallow selecting from other sessions this workshop occupies.
Presenter(s): Emily Coler Hanson, M.S., LMFT, CGP; Barb Stanton, PhD, LPCC, LMFT
All professional designations have a code of ethics that must be followed, but some populations of clients may bring up unique ethical challenges. This is true for clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and similar diagnoses. This presentation will highlight various ethical guidelines in relation to ASD clients along the whole therapeutic process from diagnosis to termination. An ethical framework for multidisciplinary teams serving ASD clientele will be shared. Case examples will also be shared, along with question and answer time for consultation of audience ethical dilemmas. (Intermediate)
This is a multi-session workshop. Selecting this will disallow selecting from other sessions this workshop occupies.
Presenter(s): Rachel Martin, MS, LAMFT
Through simple exercises that grow body-based racial awareness, participants will identify personal and collective ways in which white supremacy is expressed through our bodies. Together we will practice replacing habits (action tendencies) that communicate supremacy with ones that support humility, resilience, reparative actions, and collective white body healing. The training is designed to support white service providers in developing racial literacy and embodied practices to counteract white supremacy in daily life. If interested, people of color and indigenous people are welcome to attend. (Beginner)

Fri September 21, 10:15am - 11:45am

Presenter(s): Erin Pash, MA, LMFT; Lori Thibodeau, MA, LMFT; Joe Noble, MA, LMFT
Complex Family Systems which include divorce, high conflict, co-parenting, and families navigating the legal system can be challenging for those who work in the mental health community. This presentation will help to identify barriers to success and provide strategies to enhance any professional practice that works with complex family systems. (Advanced)
Presenter(s): Sametta Hill, DMFT, LAMFT
Most psychological research studies today account for the relational problems in African American heterosexual couples inability to stay together in terms of contemporary factors such as: female headed households, mass incarceration, infidelity etc. These factors are symptoms of a more foundational problem. The intergenerational traumatic impact of slavery and its aftermath is the source of this couple’s inability to stay together. This study will be restricted to traumas originated under slavery practices and implemented during slavery disrupting bonding and secure attachment. (Advanced)
Presenter(s): Patrick Parker, LMFT, MN State-Approved Supervisor
Have you ever thought about FaceTime or Skype for therapy appointments? Are you curious about the use of technology in therapy? In this presentation, we will explore the pros and cons of technology and how to protect ourselves as well as the patient. Issues with confidentiality while using technology are serious and need to be addressed. Each participant should leave with a better understanding of (1) the definition of teletherapy, (2) the ethical concerns and limitations, (3) how teletherapy impacts the therapeutic relationship, (4) how MFT’s can ethically utilize technology to best serve patients in our communities, and (5) the use of technology to provide pre-licensed supervision will also be explored. (This session can be used to meet continuing education requirements for MN LMFT Board-approved supervisors.) (Beginner)
Presenter(s): Allison Peterson, MA, LP; Amy Engelhard, MA, LMFT
Understanding attachment and trauma is important when working with pregnant/postpartum parents and their young children. This presentation will discuss the different patterns of attachment, the neurology of attachment trauma and the effects of trauma on the development of children. We will then explore strategies to help strengthen early attachment bonds that are impacted by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. (Beginner)

Fri September 21, 1:15pm - 2:45pm

Presenter(s): Haley Guetter, BA; Tamara Statz, MA, LAMFT
Are you truly alive? Everyone is impacted by death while they’re alive, consciously and unconsciously. However, concepts around aging and dying are often avoided in conversation and society at large observed by our obsession with youth. What’s the cost of ignoring aging and our mortality? This session will build your competence around the issues of aging, dying and end-of life. It will help you become more comfortable raising topics in yourself as well as with clients by providing practical tools and exploring the influence of our role as therapists surrounding these issues. (Beginner)
Presenter(s): Barb Stanton, PhD, LPCC, LMFT; Emily Coler Hanson, MS, LMFT, CGP
Meltdowns can be a part of life for some children who struggle with emotional regulation. The presentation of a meltdown will also vary based on the age/stage of the child. This session will cover the stages of a meltdown, ways to cope, and ways to prevent meltdowns in the future for kids of all ages. Unique needs of youth with autism spectrum disorders, sensory issues, and a history of trauma will also be discussed in relation to emotional dysregulation. Participants will leave with information that can be easily implemented and shared with treatment teams. (Intermediate/Advanced)
Presenter(s): Casey Skeide, BA; Lucas Volini, PhD LMFT
Ethics, morality, civil duty and freedom come into question when engaged with clients and colleagues whose social positions oppose our own. As therapists, managing these complex encounters require a sophistication extending beyond the duality of black/white thinking and right/wrong dichotomies. At the intersection of our personal and professional selves, how can we remain open in our effort toward collective change? This interactive discussion invites you to explore how our intersecting identities impact work with clients, collaboration with colleagues, and engagement with the social world. (All Levels)
Presenter(s): Jennifer Mohlenhoff, JD
With over 600 LMFT Board-approved supervisors in Minnesota, our state licensure board gets lots of questions: “Is there a required rate of supervision?” “What’s a relational therapy hour?” “How many minutes are in an [supervision] hour?” Hear and discuss the most-common questions heard by Board staff; plus, learn about the questions for which there are no clear answers. (This session can be used to meet continuing education requirements for MN LMFT Board-approved supervisors. Attendance at Part 2 of the presentation is not required.) (Intermediate/Advanced)
Presenter(s): Christine Dudero, MA, LMFT
This workshop will begin with an overview of human sexuality development across a lifespan. This workshop will examine the current level of sex education provided to youth in Minnesota schools, and provide practical approaches for talking with children, families and adults about healthy sexuality. Topics of healthy sexuality will include consent, Minnesota laws, and pleasure education. (Advanced)
This is a multi-session workshop. Selecting this will disallow selecting from other sessions this workshop occupies.
Presenter(s): Marilyn McKnight, MA, AP; Steve Erickson, JD, AP
Professional Family Mediators and Marriage and Family Therapists work on two sides of divorce and have much to gain by partnering with each other working with divorcing clients. Professional Family Mediators work with divorcing couples to mediate a settlement of all issues that must be addressed in divorce in Minnesota. This workshop will describe the interventions and strategies unique to professional divorce mediation practice, and the interface with therapists working with divorcing couples and/or their children. (Intermediate)
This is a multi-session workshop. Selecting this will disallow selecting from other sessions this workshop occupies.
Presenter(s): Samantha Franklin, MA, LMFT; Stanley Thiele, MA, JD, LP
The Cone of Freedom Parenting Model is a developmental paradigm that gives family therapists both a coherent structure for family therapy and a set of skills to transfer to their clients. It balances structure with autonomy needs as these change over the course of time. It is based on the precepts of children learning on their own through structured freedom, natural and logical consequences, understanding the relevance of communal versus private needs, the intelligent use of power, and the means by which structure is established and maintained. (Intermediate)

Fri September 21, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Presenter(s): Cody O'Hara, BA in Psychology and BS in Community Psychology
A man looks towards you. He is not only a man but also a son, a father, a brother and sometimes a boy. He looks towards you almost pleadingly, seemingly disconnected from his family across time and space. His eyes tell you of pain, of an ambiguously lost thread to his own father. His story is of a family, community, and society that has let him down and now lets his own son down. It is easy to take a single man's experiences for granted, but the story of the modern man is one of loss and longing. Using the mythopoetic outlook to explore this disconnect we can perhaps begin to mend it. (Beginner)
Presenter(s): Karen Kodzik, MS
According to a Gallup poll 2/3 of working professionals feel disengaged or dissatisfied in their careers. Disengagement can lead to chronic stress. Career stress is not compartmentalized in a marriage or partnership, it is often compounded. This workshop will address strategies to address the following career scenarios and how it effects the dynamics of a relationship: 1. When one partner is unemployed or in transition; 2. When one or both partners are approaching retirement; 3. When both people are in dissatisfying jobs. (Advanced)
Presenter(s): Lucas Volini, DMFT, LMFT
Marriage and Family Therapists have entered a new era of professional activism in the midst of our social system’s political turmoil. As systems-trained thinkers, our profession’s literature primes us to assess and intervene within communities and across polarized cultural groups. This presentation identifies how the ethical principles and cybernetic framework that guides our success in healing relational divides in the therapy room extends into the macrosystem. Join this call to action for MFTs to heal divides between opposing cultural groups in our effort toward third-order cybernetic change. (Beginner)
Presenter(s): Jennifer Mohlenhoff, JD; Shonda M. Craft, Ph.D., LMFT, MN Board-Approved Supervisor; John W. Seymour, Ph.D., LMFT, MN Board-Approved Supervisor
Our discussion of supervision continues, with LMFT Board-approved supervisors, Dr. Shonda Craft and Dr. John Seymour, joining the conversation to discuss best practices for handling the most-common, as well as the more-difficult, issues supervisors face. Questions and input from supervisors in attendance are welcome. (This session can be used to meet continuing education requirements for MN LMFT Board-approved supervisors. Attendance at Part 1 of the presentation is not required.) (Intermediate/Advanced)
Presenter(s): Michael Borowiak, MSW, LICSW
Domestic abuse screening is often overlooked by therapists and if undetected while providing therapy may result in ineffective therapy and possible harm. This can surprise the clinician who may be unprepared for it, leaving him/her in a reactive therapeutic pattern. It is critical that therapists screen their clients for domestic abuse and use their findings to appropriately treat couples and families. This workshop informs participants of an effective domestic abuse screening tool and discusses a risk-benefit analysis for clinical decision-making and the risks of advocacy vs. therapy. (Advanced)