This webinar is approved for 2.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
$40 for MAMFT members, $60 for non-members
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Refund Policy: No refunds are given for webinar recordings.
Workshop Title: Ethics and Telehealth
Topic: (Webinar) Ethics and Telehealth
Workshop Description: Many of us were caught off guard by Covid-19 and the impact it would have on mental health service delivery, during a time when mental health services were needed more than ever. This presentation aims to share lessons learned regarding telehealth and help others navigate new platforms in an ethical way. Ideas for incorporating play therapy, assessment, and multicultural considerations will also be discussed.
1.Participants will be able to recognize HIPPA compliant features of a telehealth system
2.Participants will troubleshoot common telehealth pitfalls.
3.Participants will incorporate ethical standards into telehealth practice.
Presenter’s Name: Emily Coler Hanson, LMFT
Presenter’s Bio: Emily is a LMFT and an approved supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She is TF-CBT certified as well. She has worked as a therapist for the past ten years and has primarily focused her work on children, adolescents and their families. She has a particular interest in working with children who have experienced trauma, are on the autism spectrum, and prefers a team approach to helping children reach their goals. Her work often takes a strength based approach and is influenced by the Nurtured Heart Approach.
Co-Presenter Info: Barb Stanton PhD, LPCC, LMFT
Dr. Stanton’s clinical work at the is focused on children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum or who have related issues. With over 30 years of experience, Barb has learned to appreciate the infinite skills and talents of these amazing individuals as well as their struggles to navigate their environment. She works with community and family supports to develop creative solutions to difficult challenges. She believes that behavior is communication and enjoys discovering the why behind the behavior which could be anything from misunderstanding to trauma. Her approach is strength based and person centered.
February 26, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This webinar has been approved for 1.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
$20 for MAMFT members, $30 for non-members
Workshop Title: Exploring Cultural Responsiveness at a Time of Social Unrest
Workshop Description: 2020 has been a year of intense racial and social trauma for BIPOC individuals, be they, therapists or clients. This has required us to improve our ability to provide culturally responsive engagement around these issues. This webinar is designed for those seeking a better understanding of cultural responsiveness and its practical implications for engagement when working with racialized and historical trauma. Though this webinar will focus on race, the principles may be applied to other marginalized groups and intersectionalities.
The objective of this webinar is to provide an understanding of a more defined concept or idea of cultural responsiveness. We will explore the differences between cultural responsiveness and the concept of cultural competence, as well as how therapists and supervisors can work towards minimizing harm when working with clients and students of diverse backgrounds and to provide feedback to questions clinicians may have regarding cultural responsiveness.
Presenter’s Name: Zamzam Dini, MA
Presenter’s Bio: Zamzam is a pre-licensed therapist at the Minnesota Trauma Recovery Institute (MN-TRI) in Minneapolis, MN. Zamzam is passionate about working with individuals and families impacted by trauma in her clinical practice, as well as in her research. Zamzam is trained in Narrative Exposure Therapy and works to alleviate symptoms in individuals struggling with PTSD. She also identifies as a Bowenian / Experiential therapist.
Zamzam is passionate about the impact of culture, equity, and social justice within the practice and supervision of Marriage and Family Therapy. As a result, Zamzam is a member of the MAMFT Professional Practices Committee where she can assist in addressing systemic change for MFTs in MN. As a 2nd generation Somali immigrant, Zamzam is also committed to supporting BIPOC MFT students and pre-licensed professionals within the field of MFT. Zamzam and Dionne are two out of the three creators of the African-American Pan-African Student & Alumni Association at Saint Mary's in order to create a safe space to build community & mentorship for Black MFTs.
Zamzam received her BA in Psychology from the University of Washington. She completed her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and is currently a first-year student, in the Couple and Family Therapy Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota's Family Social Science Department.
Co-Presenter Info: Dionne Trice, MA MFT
Dionne has worked for nearly 20 years with families and individuals experiencing domestic violence. As a former minister, she developed her understanding of the impact of trauma and loss, and its impact on our engagement with the world and systems around us.
Dionne has experienced many life transitions including the devastating loss of a child. These experiences lead her to transition to Marriage and Family therapy. As an African American woman with a strong desire to improve services to her community, she has a passion for diversity, racial equity, and providing culturally-responsive services through her work as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Dionne bases her clinical work in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Experiential therapy.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an associate's in Family Studies from Metropolitan State University. She also received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Dionne has been married for over 34 years and is the mother of three, with five grands. I am a lover of poetry, theater, dance, foreign films, cartoons/anime/comics, video games, and boxing.
This webinar has been approved for 2.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
Workshop Title: Misophonia and Mental Health Therapy from the Mouth of a Therapist and Misophone
Workshop Description: Awareness about misophonia is growing but it is still widely misunderstood by health professionals to the detriment of those struggling with the condition. Even some sufferers do not know there is a name for their body's abnormal overreaction to certain sounds (and perhaps visuals), and therefore it's imperative all practitioners are able to recognize misophonia and work with the client accordingly. This workshop will help you understand this perplexing condition and will provide concrete strategies for supporting individuals and families affected by it.
- Be able to identify misophonia in clients (or their families)
- Learn how to create a safe space for misophonia clients
- Know the primary treatment goals and strategies for addressing misophonia in mental health therapy
- Understand the importance and role of family therapy when working with miso clients
Presenter’s Name: Sara Bidler, MS, LMFT
Presenter’s Bio: Sara Bidler, MS, LMFT has a private practice in Maple Grove called Authentic Living Therapy Services, LLC. She is an Advanced Level Somatic Experiencing Trainee and specializes in helping clients work through unresolved trauma. As someone who has had misophonia since the age of 12, Sara has a special passion for helping individuals and families navigate this condition and has found integrating SE strategies in her approach beneficial.
$30 for MAMFT members, $50 for non-members
Workshop Title: How to Get Parents to Participate in Therapy
Workshop Description: Engaging parents in therapy is not only critical to the outcome for the child/teen, but is also a necessary component to sustaining the health of a family after treatment has ended. Would you like to learn how to engage clients in your work more effectively? Through research and clinical experience I hope you will find it is easier than you might think.
1) Learn strategies to increase engagement with parents
2) Understand why some parents do not engage in therapy
3) Learn how to increase men/father’s participation rates
4) Learn some effective family therapy tools
Presenter’s Name: Steven Dupic, LMFT
Presenter’s Bio: Steve Dupic is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), is nationally certified in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), certified in MAP (Managing and Adapting Practice), is certified in TEAM-CBT (Level 1) and a MN Board approved MFT supervisor. He primarily works in schools providing therapy to individuals and families, psychoeducation/training to school staff, and crisis response to students who may pose a danger to self or others. He enjoys working with parents so they are able to create the change they are seeking more quickly, and have the tools needed to maintain their progress long term. He believes parents are one of the key factors to successful therapy, and helps them maximize their influence to support their loved ones.
This webinar has been approved for 2.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
Workshop Title: Brave New Mom - Postpartum Mental Health in the 2020s
Workshop Description: Being a new mom is more complex than ever, and "What to Expect While You’re Expecting" only scratches the surface of the emotional roller-coaster of new parenthood. This workshop will talk through the new world into which birthing people are bringing babies, including new mental health concerns and how to address them. We’ll talk about how parenthood has changed and how we need to adapt our family systems perspectives in order to best support new moms and families.
1) Participants will learn and understand the biggest mental health struggles for birthing people in the perinatal period.
2) Participants will gain perspectives on addressing mental health concerns for new moms and their partners/family members.
Presenter’s Name: Jessie Everts, PhD LMFT
Presenter’s Bio: Jessie Everts, PhD LMFT is a therapist, mom, yoga/mindfulness teacher, and the author of Brave New Mom: A survival guide for mindfully navigating postpartum motherhood, arriving in March 2021. She uses mindfulness practices along with cognitive and acceptance therapies to work with women and LGBTQ+ individuals who might be struggling with anxiety, parenting, postpartum mental health, work-life balance, trauma, and life transitions. Dr. Everts received her doctorate in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is passionate about bringing mental health knowledge and skills to people outside of the therapy office, and helping moms feel great about the amazing hard work they do.
April 12, 2021 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This webinar has been approved for 3.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
$45 for MAMFT members, $75 for non-members
Workshop Title: Autism as a Risk Factor for Disrupted Attachment
Workshop Description: This workshop will review details of attachment, both secure and disrupted, and discuss the intricate child/caregiver interactions that contribute to the development of attachment. The presenter will take a deep dive into the neurodiversity and neurobiological differences of the Autism Spectrum and examine how such unique differences influence both the child and caregiver coming together in ways that impact the development of attachment. Then, we will shift to application of this knowledge and look at how the Neurodiversity perspective can be integrated with a trauma-informed approach. The presenter will discuss how you can use this integration to therapeutically intervene with children and caregivers in a deeply healing and lasting way.
- Enhance understanding of how attachment develops between child and caregiver
- Introduce the concept of Neurodiversity
- Increase knowledge of the unique Neurodiversity of children on the spectrum
- Understand how Neurodiversity can impact the development of child/caregiver attachment
- Begin learning how to use a Neuordiversity lens to support the prevention and/or repair of disrupted attachments
- Integrate the concept of Trauma Informed Care with other information presented
Presenter’s Name: Erica Haugen, MS, MA
Presenter’s Bio: Erica is a passionate advocate for the autism community; holding a deeply held belief that the more service providers understand the intricacies of the spectrum, the better this community will be served. As a presenter, her goal is to increase awareness of the Neurodiversity perspective while equipping attendees with knowledge of the neurobiology of the spectrum, how to use that knowledge and expand their understanding of Autism and, therefore, better serve members of this community.
Erica holds two master's degrees, one in Child Development and the other in Adlerian Psychotherapy with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has years of experience working with young children on the Autism Spectrum, and their caregivers, and has completed advance professional training in working with this community. Further, Erica is a certified DIR/Floortime practitioner, which is a developmental-relational model, built upon infant mental health, specifically attuned to meeting the therapeutic needs of children on the autism spectrum. She has a private practice, Canopy Family Services, LLC, which specializes in therapeutically serving the Autism community.
This webinar is approved for 1.0 CEU by the MN MFT Regulatory Board. $20 for MAMFT members, $30 for non-members
Workshop Title: Calming and Grounding Skills for the Disregulated Client
Workshop Description: Being able to self-regulate is a skill, and one which all clients would benefit from. This workshop will focus on grounding, breathing, and visualization techniques. These can help a client decrease anxiety, dissociation, and emotional disregulation. We will start by exploring the physiology and brain functions that lead to disregulation. After that, specific techniques for calming will be presented including but not limited to: breathwork, the container exercise, and EFT (emotional freedom technique).
1) identify different types of disregulate
2) understand how the brain and physiology interact
3) learn at least 3 different techniques to help a client regulate emotions and/or thoughts
Presenter’s Name: Sandy Sample, MA, LMFT
Presenter’s Bio: Sandy Sample, LMFT, has been a psychotherapist for 10 years, and is a board-approved supervisor. Sandy is in private practice and is also employed at Catalyst Mental Health in Minneapolis. She is currently applying to be an EMDRIA-certified EMDR therapist, and specializes in trauma work. Sandy also focuses on treating anxiety, depression, and relational issues.
Recorded Meeting Format
This webinar has been approved for 2.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board. $40 for MAMFT members, $60 for non-members
Workshop Title: Conducting Online Relational Therapy: Challenges and Opportunities with Multi-Participant Sessions
Workshop Description: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many couple and family therapists began conducting sessions in online spaces with limited experience in telehealth. Mental health professions have developed best practices and an understanding of the implications for online therapy when meeting with individuals. However, the unique nature of couple and family therapy presents additional challenges and opportunities, such as developing and maintaining therapeutic alliance and creating emotional connection between partners and family members across geographic locations. This workshop will present relevant research on online relational therapy, and identify ways to effectively facilitate multi-participant sessions. Online relational therapy is an emerging phenomenon that we still have much to learn about. This workshop will include the opportunity for participants to dialogue and share their own experiences and strategies in facilitating online relational sessions. Note: This workshop will not include a review of the features available in particular online tools.
Workshop Objectives: At the end of the session, participants will be able to: - Describe results from research about the effectiveness of online therapy - Identify key challenges unique to online relational therapy and strategies to address those challenges - Recognize and utilize the strengths and opportunities associated with multi-participant online sessions - Implement strategies to strengthen therapeutic alliances and effectively manage client distress while working with clients online
Presenter’s Name: Heather Hessel, PhD, LMFT
Presenter’s Bio: Heather Hessel, PhD, LMFT is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the department of Human Development and Family Studies. Heather earned her MA in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas and her doctorate at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Family Social Science. She works with individuals, couples, and families online through Intuitive Therapy & Consulting.
Co-Presenter: Emily Jordan Jensen, Ph.D., LMFT
Co-Presenter Bio: Emily Jordan Jensen, Ph.D., LMFT is a resident faculty member in the Integrated Behavioral Health and Addiction Studies program at the University of Minnesota. In addition to teaching, Emily works as an outpatient clinician at Minnesota Online Counseling, and has been conducting online therapy for several years. She specializes in working with couples and individuals facing a range of presenting concerns.
Workshop Title: Therapeutic Fanfiction: Co-creating healing rebellion with your clients
Workshop Description: Children are experts at questioning the social constructs that surround them, which leads to a time of growth and rebellion in the teenage years. Sadly, somewhere in young adulthood, the rebellion is often lost to the power of the Galactic Empire (the status quo), which can halt both creativity, and the sense of a greater meaning in life. In this presentation, Justine Mastin and Larisa A. Garski will give attendees an overview of how to use Therapeutic Fanfiction with clients and welcome them back into their rebellious nature. Therapeutic Fanfiction pulls heavily from narrative therapy and adds in the power of modern mythology (pop culture), and adult play (fanfiction). Fanfiction refers to the practice of fans rewriting existing storylines to be a better fit for themselves. The queer community, and other marginalized folks, have been especially adept at this over time; reading into the subtext of long looks between characters and writing/drafting a fanfiction wherein those characters are in love, even though the canon (the words that the show-writers wrote) disagree. Therapeutic Fanfiction combines the ancient power of storytelling with modern myths to help empower clients to rewrite their lives Stories help all humans to make sense of their lives. The techniques of Therapeutic Fanfiction harness the ancient power of story and allow therapists and clients to move in and out of stories and to invite story characters out into the real world. Therapeutic Fanfiction invites both clinicians and clients to look at their stories and ask “what if.” This presentation will prompt attendees to question their own feelings and comfort around play and story. Attendees will walk out of this presentation with an understanding of the importance of play and story as well as concrete interventions to use with their clients. And they might just have some new skills for themselves as well!
1.Attendees will have a clear understanding of their own feelings and biases around using play and pop culture with clients
2.Attendees will have a clear understanding of ways to incorporate their client’s fandoms into session.
3.Attendees will walk away with concrete Therapeutic Fanfiction tools.
Presenter’s Name: Justine Mastin, LMFT LADC
Presenter’s Bio: Justine Mastin, MA, LMFT, LADC, E-RYT 200, YACEP is a therapist, yogi, writer, podcaster, and full-time rabble-rouser. As the owner/founder of Blue Box Counseling Justine specializes in working with clients who self-identify as being outside the mainstream—such as those in the geek, secular, and LGBTQIA+ communities. Justine is a board member of the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and is recognized as both an AAMFT and MN board-approved supervisor. Justine loves to work with other therapists on how to find their authentic voice and to question the status quo of therapy culture. Justine is a charismatic speaker, committed to bringing humor and stories into the lives of everyone she serves. Justine literally co-wrote the book on Therapeutic Fanfiction, has contributed to numerous other books on pop culture and psychology, and regularly blogs about the healing power of fandom for Psychology Today and psychotherapy.net. Outside of the office, Justine is the captain/co-host of the Starship Therapise podcast, and appears at pop culture conventions around the country teaching yoga and speaking on geek wellness topics. Justine takes a holistic approach to healing: mind, body, and fandom. You can find her on facebook, instagram, and twitter @mindbodyfandom.
Co-Presenter Info: Larisa A. Garski, LMFT
Providing Affirmative Care to Transgender Kids and Teens
This webinar is approved for 3.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
$60 for MAMFT members, $90 for non-members
Workshop Title: Providing Affirmative Care to Transgender Kids and Teens
1. Participants will be able to name one critique of the diagnostic criteria for Gender Dysphoria in Children and Gender Dysphoria in adolescents and adults
2. Participants will gain new language to consult with caregivers about gender in developmentally appropriate ways
3. Participants will practice using a strength-based lens in case conceptualization and case studies
Presenter’s Name: Shawny Sena, LMFT
Presenter’s Bio: Shawny Sena, LMFT specializes in working with LGBTQIA kids, teens, and adults. She focuses on reconnecting clients with their playful instincts and creativity, especially when they have been inhibited by developmental trauma. Her background in the arts, sex education, and play therapy guide her beliefs that pleasure and joy are the ultimate tools of healing.
Lawyers, PC's and Custody Evaluators - OH MY! - Collaborating Across Professions
This webinar is approved for 3.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
Workshop Title: Lawyers, PC's and Custody Evaluators - OH MY! - Collaborating Across Professions
Many of the families with whom we work as Marriage and Family Therapists have been or are involved with other professionals, some of whom fall into the legal or Alternative Dispute Resolution categories. For many MFT's, there is a great deal of anxiety associated with interacting with these professionals. This seminar will define those professions, their roles and responsibilities as determined by statute, rule, and best practices. We will learn how MFT's can work collaboratively with legal and ADR professionals to best serve families.
Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the roles of family law attorneys, parenting consultants, custody evaluators, and mediators.
2. Develop a range of responses in working with legal and ADR professionals.
3. Demonstrate professional approach to testifying when subpoenaed.
4. Describe the benefit to families in having professionals work as a collaborative team.
Presenter’s Name: Karen Irvin, Ph.D., LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Qualified Neutral under Rule 114
Presenter’s Bio: Dr. Karen Irvin taught at the secondary level for six years. She obtained her master’s and doctorate in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. She worked with Hennepin County Court Services Domestic Relations Division in Minneapolis, MN for six years, serving as a mediator, counselor, and custody evaluator, and working in a supervisory capacity for four of the six years. Dr. Irvin has been in private practice since 1981. She recently retired from her clinical practice in which she specialized in working with separating and divorcing individuals, couples, and families, providing mediation, parenting consulting, custody evaluations, and closure therapy. She has also provided mediation and parenting consulting workshops and training throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Irvin was on the marriage and family therapy faculty of Argosy University for six years and is currently adjunct faculty in the Marriage and Family Program of St. Mary’s University. She was previously Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Ethics Board. Dr. Irvin’s current professional focus is teaching, training, supervision, and consultation.
Ethical Issues in Self-of-Therapist Work: Therapist Self-Disclosure and Countertransference
Workshop Title: Ethical Issues in Self-of-Therapist Work: Therapist Self-Disclosure and Countertransference
1. Understand risks and benefits of therapist self-disclosure; when we disclose, what we disclose and why, as it relates to BMFT Chapter 5300 and the 2015 AAMFT Code of Ethics.
2. Examine risks and benefits of countertransference as it relates to BMFT Chapter 5300 and the 2015 AAMFT Code of Ethics.
3. Identify differing viewpoints on crucial countertransference downfalls and discuss reasons for ongoing awareness of transference throughout career.
Presenter’s Name: Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, LMFT
Presenter’s Bio: Kirsten Lind Seal received her MA in Counseling Psychology and PhD in Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Minnesota. As Adjunct Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, she teaches Ethics and Arts Therapies in the MFT program. Her research has been published in the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, the Journal of Couple and Family Relationships, and Psychology Today. She has also published multiple case studies (in 2016, 2017 and 2018) in the Psychotherapy Networker. She presents locally, nationally and internationally on Ethics and Cross-Cultural issues. She has done recent webinars for Best Buy's Fireside Chats and the North American Chinese Psychological Association. She currently maintains a completely telemental health private practice and appears biweekly on WCCO (CBS) TV’s Midmorning show in Relationship Reboot, a segment dealing with relationships.
In-Home Family Therapy: The Fun Stuff
This webinar is approved for 2.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
Workshop Title: In-Home Family Therapy: The Fun Stuff
Workshop Description: In-Home Family Therapy can be one of the toughest jobs out there, but one of the most rewarding, too! Many new therapists start their careers this way when skill sets are just beginning to come together. This workshop will have tips, techniques and practical activities to use when providing in-home family therapy. It addresses the importance of building rapport with the parents and doing so in a humble, playful and respectful way. Jenny has created her own games and activities that she uses with families and will provide information about how to create your own games or duplicate hers for your own therapy practice. Participants will come away with many different activities to use in sessions with families. This workshop is geared toward in-home family therapists, but most of the techniques could be used in-office as well.
1. Participants will learn ways to build rapport with in-home therapy families, in particular, with parents.
2. Participants will learn techniques and activities to utilize in family therapy sessions to build rapport with adolescents who may not be so interested in participating in family therapy.
3. Participants will learn 15+ fun and creative activities/games to help family members connect and encourage playfulness.
Presenter’s Name: Jenny Decker, MA, LMFT, ADHD-CCSP
Presenter’s Bio: Jenny Decker has been passionate about In-Home Family Therapy for many years. In 2010, she started as a practicum student providing in-home family therapy to families involved in Child Protective Services and Juvenile Probation in Anoka County. She then moved onto Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) in which she was on-call 24/7 on the island of Kauai. She has tried the traditional office setting and keeps coming back to the power of in-home therapy. She left the in-office setting in 2019 to create her own In-Home Therapy Private Practice (Jenny Decker LLC). She sees clients in their homes, at nearby parks, and other community settings. She also provides parent support via telehealth as well. You can learn more about Jenny and her work at www.jennydecker.com.
This webinar has been approved for 4.0 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
$80 for MAMFT members, $120 for non-members
Workshop Title: (Webinar) The Embodied Self-of-the-Therapist: Using Sensory Experiences To Facilitate Clinical Work
Workshop Description: The Embodied Self-of the Therapist - or the ways our bodies and movement express and respond to non-verbal information is increasingly understood to be an important part of therapeutic efficacy. As therapists, our non-verbal actions and behaviors are often more impactful than our words. In addition, our internal responses (proprioception) provides nuanced information that augments our ability to work more effectively with clients.
This workshop will use didactic discussion and experiential exercises to 1) introduce skills that increase the therapist’s awareness of their personal movement patterns, 2) practice techniques for using embodied awareness and expression in clinical sessions, and 3) briefly discuss issues related to the use and impact of our own embodied knowledge and biases during therapeutic sessions.
•Be introduced to basic frameworks for working with the therapist’s embodied experiences during therapy sessions.
•Learn specific clinical applications of embodied experiences to facilitate therapeutic and address how the therapist’s less-conscious issues are often expressed non-verbally
•Be introduced to multicultural issues when working with non-verbal movement patterns.
•Discuss the efficacy and contraindications for using nonverbal information related to specific populations and diagnoses.
Presenter’s Name: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb, MA-MFT, MFA LMST, BC-DMT, CMA, PWAssociate, SEP, WoS
Presenter’s Bio: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, board certified dance/movement therapist, Laban Movement Analyst, Somatic Experiencing and Ways of Seeing Practitioner. She is trained in Somatic/Body Therapies and uses alternative healing modalities to address psychological, somatic, and spiritual awareness, growth and transformation. She teaches at the University of Minnesota and directs a Dance/Movement Training program in Minneapolis. She has a private practice with individuals, families and couples specializing in attachment, trauma, Dissociative Disorders, Depression, anxiety, identity and life transition issues.
Barbara’s diversity expertise includes working with GLBTQ clients, women’s issues, and with a range of different nationalities, cultures and religious/spiritual practices. Her international Dance/ Movement Therapy teaching experiences include courses in Vilnius, Lithuania (1997), Tallinn University, in Estonia on a Fulbright Scholar’s Grant (2011) and with Inspirees Institute in China (2014-present), the University of Hong Kong (2019-present) and in Seoul, South Korea (2018-19). She is past chair of the American Dance/Movement Therapy Association Alternate Route Educators’ Subcommittee. She has also published on the use of trauma and DMT-based approaches with people diagnosed with Eating Disorders, the development of DMT programming in long term care facilities, and the historic development of DMT in Estonia.
This webinar is approved for 1.5 CEUs by the MN MFT Regulatory Board and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
$30 for MAMFT members, $45 for non-members
Workshop Title: Playing For Keeps: The Healing Power of Play In Adult Psychotherapy
Workshop Description: This year of pandemic-induced isolation has shined a light on something that we as professionals have long understood. Play, which we acknowledge is the “language of children”, is actually an integral function of the human species throughout our lifespans. At any age, play works to metabolize stress, and it is a critical crisis survival skill. Despite this awareness, clinicians continue to mostly use play therapy only with the young, the forever young (those with developmental delays), and to support parenting. It is long past time to accept that adults need play both in their lives and in their therapy. Sadly, social constructs around the “usefulness” of play have kept both adult clients and their therapists from recognizing its important potential. During the pandemic, social constructs have shifted to allow for more adult play, including gaming (video, tabletop games and RPGs), engaging with stories (TV, movies, and books), and creating art (crafts, painting, coloring books, TikTok and other digital storytelling). These pursuits, previously considered ‘wastes of time’, have become vital parts of daily life. Adults are realizing that play is helping them through this impossible global situation and is even providing their life with much-needed meaning. In this presentation, Appeldoorn and Mastin, leading thinkers in the field of adult play, will overview the science behind the healing powers of play, break down the social constructs that keep adults from playing, and ask clinicians to challenge their own discomfort around play with other adults. Attendees will walk out of this presentation with an understanding of the reasons and the power of adult play as well as interventions for using play with clients in sessions, even in the virtual world of telehealth!
1. Attendees will have a clear understanding of their own feelings and biases around using play with adult clients
2. Attendees will have a clear understanding of the science behind play as a survival skill.
3. Attendees will walk away with concrete adult therapy tools.
Co-Presenter Info: Marit Appeldoorn, MSW, LICSW, RPT-S
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