Annual Conference 2020

The 2020 MAMFT Annual Conference will take place on September 10th & 11th. Mona Fishbane, PhD will present, Loving with the Brain in Mind: A Relational-Neurobiological Approach to Couple Therapy on the 10th and workshops by local therapists will be provided on the 11th.

Earn CEUs from the following MN Boards: MFT (pending approval), SW (pending approval), and BHT (pending approval)


Mona Fishbane, Ph.D.clinical psychologist in New Jersey and Illinois, is faculty and former Director of Couple Therapy Training, Chicago Center for Family Health. Mona is on the Advisory Board of Family Process journal and has served as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and Board member, American Family Therapy Academy. Mona lectures nationally and internationally and has published numerous articles on couple therapy and neurobiology as well as on intergenerational relationships. Mona has been the recipient of honors and fellowships, including a grant from the Templeton Foundation, and the 2017 Family Psychologist of the Year Award from The American Psychological Association (Society for Couple & Family Psychology). Mona’s book, Loving with the Brain in Mind: Neurobiology & Couple Therapy (2013), is part of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.  Mona’s website:

Loving with the Brain in Mind:
A Relational-Neurobiological Approach to Couple Therapy
Couples in distress often get caught up in cycles of mutual blame and emotional reactivity. This workshop explores psychodynamic, interpersonal, intergenerational, cultural, and neurobiological factors fueling these cycles. Dr. Fishbane will present an integrative approach to transforming couple impasses, informed by interpersonal neurobiology and relationship research. The focus is on helping couples shift from disempowered, blaming stances to positions of relational empowerment, connection, and respect. The workshop highlights the interplay between kneejerk reactivity (driven by the emotional brain) and a more thoughtful ability to live according to goals and values (powered by the higher brain). We will explore ways to help partners become proactive lovers, working to co-author their relationship together. The workshop will also consider the challenges of change in couple therapy, given the power of habit in the human brain, as well as the potential of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change. Dr. Fishbane’s presentation builds on her book, Loving with the Brain in Mind: Neurobiology & Couple Therapy, part of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Identify brain processes that underlie couple reactivity
  • Diagram & work with the vulnerability cycles of distressed couples
  • Identify & work with “unfinished business” from partners’ families of origin
  • Facilitate relational empowerment in couple therapy, including empathy, respect, & differentiation


*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.

Date & Location

September 10th and 11th, 8am-4pm
The Westin
3201 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435

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