Annual Conference 2020

Registration for this year’s online Annual Conference is now available!
The presentations will become available Thursday, September 10th. Registrants have the option to participate in a live Zoom breakout discussion from 5:30-6:30 on Thursday at no additional cost, but registration is required.
Go HERE for complete details and registration!
Thank you to Bridging Hope Counseling for sponsoring this year’s conference!

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Thu September 10, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Presenter(s): Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis
Attendees will gain knowledge about the impact that COVID has on a systemic scale with clients, families, and the systems they operate in and how to identify potential trauma triggers for something of this scale. The attendees will also gain awareness about cultural considerations for COVID and how to address those in a therapeutic setting.

Thu September 10, 5:00pm - 6:00pm


Fri September 11, 8:30am - 10:00am

Presenter(s): Jamie Mosley, LPCC, CDWF, ACS
Attendees will increase knowledge around shame triggers and how to educate families on self-conscious affects (shame, guilt, humiliation, and embarrassment). The participant will also learn how people can have unwanted identities and how those identities may affect family dynamics. The attendees will also learn effective tools for moving through shame utilizing self-compassion and empathy.

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

Presenter(s): Melanie Aleman, MA, LMFT, Rule 114 Qualified Neutral
The attendees will learn the basic facets of domestic violence including forms of abusive behaviors. The attendees will gain awareness about how telehealth services might be impacted by domestic violence and vice versa. Finally, the attendees will gain knowledge of resources and interventions that can be used with families that have experienced domestic violence.

Fri September 11, 12:15pm - 1:45pm

Presenter(s): Krista Nelson, LICSW, LMFT, Approved Consultant in EMDR
1. Attendees will take stock of their own observations of pandemic dynamics on family systems and examine how current realities are shaping their family therapy practice
2. Attendees will increase their methods to enhance protective, nurturing and wisdom resources in teens and parents co-existing with COVID restrictions
3. Attendees will 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
4. Attendees will 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.

Fri September 11, 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Presenter(s): Amy DiGennaro, MFA, MA, ATR, LMFT
Attendees will understand and define relational ethics as they compare to legal ethics. Attendees will also gain awareness about white supremacy culture and how that plays out in the social political and therapeutic settings, including the impact of the DSM structure on culturally inclusive therapeutic practices.

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