2020 IAMFT Fall Conference

Relevant Social Issues in the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy

(Editor's Note:  We have many good topics & speakers for our 2020 Fall Conference.  Our 2020 IAMFT Fall Conference Presentation Schedule is now COMPLETE.  We are planning to give recorded access to those who register for the conference regardless of whether they will be available for the conference live.  This would allow access to all of the CEU’s, provided you submit the evaluation surveys for each of the sessions.  Please direct any concerns and/or comments to [email protected])

Friday, October 30, 2020 (Total 5.5 CEU)

9:00 a.m.  – 11:00 a.m.
Presentation #1:  Compassion Fatigue and Burn out for Therapists (2.0 CEU)
Speaker:  April Bordeau, LCSW, Executive Director, Care to Change Counseling
Abstract:  While the effects of compassion fatigue can cause pain and suffering, learning to recognize and manage its symptoms is the first step toward prevention and healing.  Both take time, patience, and most importantly, commitment to self and those we serve.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn the difference between compassion fatigue and burnout.
  2. Learn ways to recognize signs of compassion fatigue.
  3. Determine practical steps to avoiding and intervening with compassion fatigue.
11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.     Break (10 minutes)
11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Presentation #2:    "I Don`t Get to Take a Break" – Living in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd (1.0 CEU)
Speaker:  Dr. Denise Williams, Ph.D., LMFT
Abstract:  Living in the aftermath of a divided political climate, rising racial tensions and health and safety concerns in our country, many individuals of color are still dealing with the emotional residue of navigating through a society in which they cannot “take a break” from these issues. Individuals of color are having to make sense of the senseless and quiet their own emotional angst by not seeming moved by the current plight of our nation. Individuals of color can represent our clients, our therapists, our friends, our neighbors, and family. In the field of Marriage and Family Therapy, how do we create spaces that validate the experiences of the marginalized?  We must work to “lean in” even when it is difficult. This presentation will highlight some of the emotional concerns, clinicians and clients of color may be experiencing in the wake of recent events in our country. Additionally, the presenter will discuss ways the field of Marriage and Family Therapy can support these individuals.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Based on the content of the session, participants will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the experiences of marginalized groups in dealing with the aftermath of recent events in our society.
  2. Additionally, participants will examine how the experiences of marginalized groups impact other areas of their lives.
  3. Based on the content of the session, participants will develop strategies and suggestions on creating spaces where the voices of the marginalized are heard.
12:10 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.     Break (5 minutes)
12:15 p.m.  – 12:55 p.m.    LUNCH & IAMFT Business Mtg. (40 minutes)
                                           Agenda to be announced
12:55 p.m.  – 1:00 p.m.      Break (5 minutes)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Presentation #3:  Telehealth in the age of the pandemic – Adjusting to the new norm (1.0 CEU)
Speaker:      Adam Smithey, Ph.D., LMFT
Abstract:  Telehealth is not a new service, but for many providers in the age of COVID-19, it may be new to you.  Telehealth provides a unique set of challenges that we couldn’t have prepared for.  Explore the various pitfalls many therapists face and identify alternatives and best practice to help you be your best “self” onscreen.  We will also briefly explore basic ethics to consider when providing telehealth to clients.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify symptoms of, and remedies for, Zoom Fatigue.
  2. Describe ways to maintain therapist and client engagement during session.
  3. Identify key phrases/strategies for marketing telehealth to current/potential clients.
  4. Describe basic ethics for providing therapy via telehealth.
2:00 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.        Break (5 minutes)
2:05 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.         Presentation #4:  Panel Discussions (1.5 CEU)
2:05 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.        Topic:  Telehealth
                                           Panel Participants:  Adam Smithey, Jessica Hood, & Sarah Stilz
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.        Topic:  Social Justice
                                           Panel Participants:  Denise Williams & Carolina Forman
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.        End of Day One (Complete Online Evaluation Survey for CEUs)
                                          Reminders for Day Two


Saturday, October 31, 2020 (5.0 CEU)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Presentation #5:  Family Law during COVID 19 Pandemic (1.0 CEU)
Speaker:        Carl Becker, Alan Bouwkamp, & Elizabeth Walker, Attorneys & Partners at Becker Bouwkamp Walker, PC
Abstract:  COVID-19 and its accompanying societal changes have had substantial ramifications for all aspects of the family law arena.  The quarantine, health concerns, and financial impact have affected the legal processes and how they are applied to family law cases.  Also, impacted is how families comply with court orders, the day-to-day obligations of coparenting, and complying with financial orders.  This presentation addresses the stresses caused by the pandemic on both the legal system and the manner in which families operate.  Additionally, this presentation will focus on the ways in which judges, the legal system, and families have adapted and carried on.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will gain a broader understanding of changes to the processes and procedures of the legal system brought about by the pandemic.
  2. Participants will gain recognition of the differences in settlement and the mediation process arising from the pandemic.
  3. Participants will learn how quarantine, precautions, and virtual schooling impact the implementation of parenting time plans and schedules.
  4. Participants will be able to assess how the courts are viewing and reacting to changes imposed by the pandemic.
  5. Participants will be able to identify how aspects of the pandemics impact child support and spousal maintenance.
10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.                     Break (10 minutes)
10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Presentation #6:  OCD 101: Beyond Just Germs (1.0 CEU)
Speaker:      Jessica Hood, MSW, LCSW
Abstract:  Most people think of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder as needing things lined up or being afraid of germs, but there are MANY more sub-types of OCD. It often takes people a decade or more to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment. This training is aimed to help you identify symptoms in your clients and help you know what to do after you have!
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to identify the different subtypes of OCD presentations.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the gold standard treatment for OCD.
  3. Participants will be able to identify OCD symptoms.
  4. Participants will begin to differentiate OCD symptoms from GAD and other diagnoses.
11:10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.               Break (5 minutes)
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presentation #7:  Survivors of Sex Trafficking (0.75 CEU)
Speaker:      Tori DiBona, B.S., MFT Graduate Student, Purdue University Northwest
Sex trafficking is a serious issue across the United States.  However, research on how mental health professionals can address the wide range of symptoms that survivors experience is severely lacking.  There is a disturbingly high amount of myths and misconceptions that have a significant likelihood of interfering with survivors’ ability to receive the treatment that they need.  Systemic influences, evidence-based treatments, and future directions will also be explored.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be become aware of the common myths and misconceptions of sex trafficking.
  2. Participants will gain a better understanding of the systemic influences at play when it comes to sex trafficking.
  3. Participants will obtain knowledge of the existing research on sex trafficking when it comes to addressing associated symptoms in a clinical setting.
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.               Break for Lunch (Stretch) (30 Minutes – Lunch On your own)
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Presentation #8:  Impact of Childhood Traumatic Stress on Physical Health (0.75 CEU)
Speaker:      Adrian Weldon, MFT Graduate Student, Purdue University Northwest
The psychological and emotional impact of childhood trauma is well established within the mental health field. However, new research is showing how childhood trauma can negatively influence a person’s physical health across the lifespan. A review of the literature was conducted to compile articles from peer-reviewed journals and professional organizations. This presentation will explore the biological mechanisms that contribute to poor physical health outcomes following childhood trauma. Additionally, risk factors and protective factors will be discussed. A case study will be presented in order to prompt discussion about clinical implications and best treatment.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the long-term impact of childhood trauma on physical health.
  2. Explain risk and protective factors that influence the degree of impact of childhood trauma on biological systems.
  3. Discuss clinical implications and best practices for treatment.
1:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.                  Break (10 minutes)
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Presentation #9:  Marriage and Family Therapists` Perceptions of Intimate Partner Aggression in Couples' Cases (0.75 CEU)
Speaker:      Lara Hoss, B.S., MFT Graduate Student, Purdue University Northwest
Abstract:  Greene & Bogo (2003) found that around 50% of couples seeking therapy have an intimate partner aggression (IPA) history, making a clinical encounter with IPA a likely inevitability.  Second wave feminism emphasized the patriarchal view of IPA, informing professional opinion for decades (O’Leary, 1999).  However, contemporary research supports bilateral aggression as the most common (Johnson, 2006).  Despite this, IPA conceptualizations still lean toward the patriarchal view.  Karakurt, et al. (2013) found that MFTs described IPA cases as male perpetrator/female victim and demonstrated less empathy toward male victims.  Current conceptualizations will arise in IPA couples’ cases and influence treatment (Aponte, 1985).
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will learn about the historical perception of intimate partner aggression (IPA) along with contemporary perceptions of IPA.
  2. Participants will connect the historical perception of IPA with its impact on how IPA is treated in the Marriage and Family Therapy field.
  3. Using Social Learning Theory and Self-of-the-Therapist research, participants will examine the connection between previous IPA exposure and clinicians` IPA conceptualizations.
  4. Participants will be able to integrate research on clinicians` IPA conceptualizations with previous IPA exposure to analyze how IPA modality in couples` cases influences their conceptualizations.
2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.                            Break (10 minutes)
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presentation #10:  Childhood Sexual Abuse & its impact on Adult Sexual Functioning in the context of Intimate Relationships (0.75 CEU)
Speaker:      Emily Schulz, B.A., MFT Graduate Student, Purdue University Northwest
Abstract:  Experiencing childhood sexual abuse (CSA) can affect one’s ability to trust and can impact intimate relationships within adulthood (Kia-Keating et al., 2010).  Clients who are survivors of CSA are more likely to report problems within couple relationships (Berthelot et al., 2014).  Using emotionally focused couple sex therapy through a mindfulness lens while working with couples who experience sexual difficulties and have a trauma history of CSA is effective because of the emphasis on strengthening one’s mind body connection, introspection, and awareness of the present moment while continually building trust between partners (Brotto et al., 2012; Johnson & Zuccarini, 2010).
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify therapy models proven effective when working with couples who experience sexual difficulties where one or more partner has a trauma history of childhood sexual abuse.
  2. Recognize how to integrate partner’s involvement and support during couple therapy when working with adults who experience sexual dysfunction and are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.
  3. Apply concepts from Emotionally Focused Couple Sex Therapy through a mindfulness lens to a case study.
  4. Recognize potential PTSD symptoms and outcomes associated with adults who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.                  End of Day Two (Complete Online Evaluation Survey for CEU)