MAMFT Greater MN Conference

This year’s Greater MN Conference will take place on May 3rd in Moorhead, MN with the theme:

Breaking Trauma’s Silence: Our Country’s Awakening to Sexual Health

We are excited to have Dr. Markie L. C. Twist as our keynote speaker and breakout workshops provided by local therapists.  Earn 6.0 CEUs!  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN (BELOW)! Register by 4/19 to receive the early bird discount!  CEUs approved by MFT and SW Boards.

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Dr. Markie Twist (she/her/they/them) is based out of the Las Vegas, Nevada and Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities areas and is an award-winning sexuality educator, sexologist, relationship therapist, author and international speaker. Dr. Markie is the Program Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy Program, and Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department and Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Dr. Markie is a licensed marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor, AAMFT clinical fellow and approved supervisor, and AASECT certified sexuality educator and approved supervisor. Dr. Markie is co-author of the books, The Internet Family: Technology in Couple and Family Relationships, and Focused Genograms: Intergenerational Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families (2nd ed.). Dr. Markie serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Sexual and Relationship Therapy: International Perspectives on Theory, Research and Practice, and on the editorial board for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Markie is also co-editor of the book, Eco-Informed Practice: Family Therapy in Age of Ecological Peril. Dr. Markie Twist regularly consults and presents on the following topics: sexual, gender, erotic, and relational diversity, couple and family technology practices, eco-informed family therapy, and tantric sex.  To learn more visit: drmarkie.com.

In this Keynote, If You Can’t Talk About Sex, You Probably Shouldn’t Be Having It: Sex Talk as Sexual Health, the presenter will open with a comprehensive definition of sexual health, and note the barriers towards attaining such health. One of the biggest barriers to sexual health is the larger oppressive societal framework in which we all exist, which keeps many of us silenced and shamed from engaging in comprehensive, sex positive dialogue and discussion. Thus, the presenter will detail mechanisms through which clinicians can assist individual, couple, family, and relational system clinical participants to break through sexual silence and sex negativity in order to gain in sexual health and wellness. Such mechanisms will include tools for discussing and negotiating consent, provision of related assessments like the sexuality- and gender-focused genograms, and tips for assisting clinical participants in being empowered to engage in lifelong age-appropriate sex talks.

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MAMFT has a limited block of rooms at the discounted rate of $99 at the conference hotel – Courtyard by Marriott Moorhead that is good for 5/2/19 (not the weekend).  Call 218.284.1000 to make a reservation and reference the MN Association for Marriage and Family Therapy block room rate. Reservations by attendees must be received on or before 4/2/2019, after which point the rooms will be released for general sale.

If you are interested in doing a rideshare to the conference, please email us at info@mamft.net and Ashley will put you in touch with any others who are also interested from your area.

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.

Greater MN Conference Brochure

Date & Location


Courtyard by Marriott Moorhead
1080 28th Ave S
Moorhead, MN 56560

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Workshops

Fri May 3, 8:00am - 10:00am

Presenter(s): Dr. Markie Twist, LMFT
In this Keynote, If You Can’t Talk About Sex, You Probably Shouldn’t Be Having It:Sex Talk as Sexual Health, the presenter will open with a comprehensive definition of sexual health, and note the barriers towards attaining such health. One of the biggest barriers to sexual health is the larger oppressive societal framework in which we all exist, which keeps many of us silenced and shamed from engaging in comprehensive, sex positive dialogue and discussion. Thus, the presenter will detail mechanisms through which clinicians can assist individual, couple, family, and relational system clinical participants to break through sexual silence and sex negativity in order to gain in sexual health and wellness. Such mechanisms will include tools for discussing and negotiating consent, provision of related assessments like the sexuality- and gender-focused genograms, and tips for assisting clinical participants in being empowered to engage in lifelong age-appropriate sex talks.

Fri May 3, 10:15am - 11:45am

Presenter(s): Laura Rademacher, MA, LMFT, CST
It is a sad reality that many loving relationships include experiences of non-enthusiastic sex (“I’ll do it because you want to”), partners pushing boundaries, hurtful misunderstandings, and non-consensual sexual experiences. Clients often struggle to talk about these experiences because it is taboo to accuse a loved and loving partner of violation. This workshop outlines how to use the Spectrum of Consent tool to help clients find the words for their experiences, put the brakes on non-consensual behavior and, if they choose, help clients rebuild trust and refocus on mutual pleasure. (Beginner)
Presenter(s): Shelley Dahl-Monroe, MS, LMFT
Shelley will be discussing how focusing on pleasure in regard to sexual encounters (alone or with a partner) may be a more effective approach than focusing on sexual problems. Debby Herbenick at Ind. University and her colleagues published an article in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy about sexual attitudes covering preferred patterns for sexual likes and dislikes and genital stimulation, as well as many other definitions of what is pleasurable. This presentation will contain mindfulness activities, and how mindfulness contributes to pleasure, as well as at least two other activities. (Beginner)
Presenter(s): Will Pearson, M.S., LMFT
Individuals with an autism spectrum disorder tend to have more difficulty fitting in socially and are less influenced by social norms and constraints. This is particularly apparent in matters related to sexuality and sexual development. Many are more asexual & aromantic than the general population and have higher rates of representation in the LGBT community as well. This presentation explores the unique sexual health needs regarding the ASD community and provides professionals and caregivers with tools to educate and support ASD individuals. (Beginner/Intermediate)

Fri May 3, 12:45pm - 2:15pm

Presenter(s): Samantha Woller, Graduate Student
Through a cybernetic framework, this presentation discusses the double bind inherent in the relationship between a survivor of sexual assault and the surrounding social system. The presenter will discuss the etiology and multisystemic dynamics within the double bind and ways in which it complicates trauma by mutually silencing and punishing the voice of survivor's while simultaneously holding them accountable for seeking justice. Examining how these binds are maintained by complex macrosystemic dynamics and often internalized by individuals, implications for clinical assessment and intervention. (Beginner)
This is a multi-session workshop. Selecting this will disallow selecting from other sessions this workshop occupies.
Presenter(s): Shawny Sena, MS
BDSM, kink, fetish, leather and all manners of erotic identities end up in our offices. Come learn the basics of BDSM practices, desires, and relationships. We will explore the differences between healthy BDSM and abusive practices, how to support clients as they navigate their desires, and examine our own reactions to erotic differences. Simply curious? All questions will be answered! (Beginner) 3.0 hours
Presenter(s): Lucas Volini, DMFT, LMFT
As the "me too" movement has generated greater societal awareness around the critical issue of sexual health in America, it has also added a public component to the deeply personal experience of sexual trauma. As the growing unification of voices across those impacted has generated empowerment, it also begs the question: how do I find security in a social world so deeply plagued with the brutal realities of sexual assault? This workshop identifies the relationship between cultural dynamics and the individual's process of healing from trauma in a troubled world by strengthening the worldview. (Beginner)

Fri May 3, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Presenter(s): Dr. Mary Whitney
This workshop demonstrates a peer counseling protocol provided for victims of abuse that encourages open discussion and helps students cope with previous traumatic experiences as they heal from the core. Reverend Whitney has not only co-pastored a small Non-Denominational Congregation for over three years. She has shared a Facebook Live Ministry for over 2 1/2 years as she helps teach others to connect with their deeper self for continuous healing. (Beginner/Intermediate)
Presenter(s): Laura Rademacher, MA, LMFT, CST
Do your clients have trouble getting turned on or struggle with low desire? Are they dreaming of rocking their partner’s world but at the moment it feels more like easy listening? This class is designed for therapists who want to help clients reach their goals of turning up the heat but aren't up to date on the latest information on the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of arousal and desire. This class will cover information about anatomy and function that MFTs don't often get training on and is inclusive of people of all genders, orientations, and relationship styles-every body. (Beginner)