2021 Spring Conference - Schedule of Activities

2021 IAMFT Spring Conference - Schedule of Activities

Day One - Friday, April 9, 2021

 

Discernment Counseling for Mixed-Agenda Couples:  When One Says "I'm done" & the Other Says "Let's Try"

Speaker:  Steven Harris, Ph.D., Professor, Couple & Family Therapy, University of Minnesota

Abstract:  Discernment counseling is a short-term counseling approach (1-5 sessions) developed to cater to the unique needs of mixed-agenda couples (one leaning into and one leaning out of the relationship). The goal of discernment counseling is to help couples gain greater clarity and confidence in their decision making about the future of their marriage. Through a combination of couple and individual time, each partner develops a personal agenda for change. Further, they discover what it might take to either restore the relationship back to health, divorce in a healthy way, or make no change at all.

Discernment Counseling - Learning Objectives:
  • Be able to identify “mixed-agenda” couples in clinical practice
  • Apply basic tenets of discernment counseling to engage these couples clinically
  • Understand the ethical dilemmas in treating couples with commitment uncertainty/divorce ideation

 

8:30 am                   Welcome & Announcements:  IAMFT President Rob Atchison
8:30 – 9:30 am        Overview of Research on Divorce Ideation
9:30 - 9:45 am                 Break (15 minutes)
9:45 – 10:45 am      Introduction to Discernment Counseling
10:45 – 11:00 am                 Break (15 minutes)
11:00 – 12:00 pm       Introduction to Discernment Counseling (cont'd.)
12:00 – 12:30 pm                 LUNCH (Break for 30 minutes)
12:30 - 1:00 pm    IAMFT Business Meeting (See Agenda on Website)
1:00 – 2:00 pm         Discernment Counseling:  Approaches with Leaning-In Spouse
2:00 – 2:15 pm                     Break (15 minutes)
2:15 – 3:15 pm        Discernment Counseling:  Approaches with Leaning-Out Spouse
3:15 – 3:30 pm                     Break (15 minutes)
3:30 - 4:30 pm       Transitioning out of discernment counseling to other services
4:30 - 4:45 pm        Conclusion:  Final Reminders, CE Instructions, & Thank You's

 

Day Two - Saturday, April 10, 2021

Discernment Counseling:  Managing Ethical Dilemmas

Speaker:  Steven Harris, Ph.D., Professor, Couple & Family Therapy, University of Minnesota

9:00 am                   Welcome & Announcements:  IAMFT President, Rob Atchison
9:00 – 10:00 am      Discernment Counseling:  Ethics & Ethical Dilemmas with mixed-agenda couples.
10:00 – 10:15 am                 Break (15 Minutes)
10:15 – 11:15 pm      Discernment Counseling:  Ethics case vignettes
11:15 – 11:30 am                 Break (15 Minutes)
11:30 - 12:30 pm     Case Vignettes Continued & Screening for Intimate Partner Violence with mixed-agenda couples.
 
12:30 – 1:00 pm                 LUNCH (Break for 30 minutes)

 

Introduction to Collaborative Divorce

Speakers:  Alan Bouwkamp & Collaborative Solutions Team

Abstract:  The Collaborative Law Practice is an alternative to the traditional adversarial model of litigation and divorce.  It assists couples seeking a more respectful alternative to the traditional divorce process.  It is based on 3 principles: 1) A pledge not to go to court; 2) An honest exchange of information by both spouses; and 3) Finding a solution that takes into account the highest priorities of both spouses and their children. The parties, their lawyers, and the other professionals involved work as a team to find constructive solutions to the issues that come with a divorce.  The goal of the Collaborative Law process is to protect the interests of the children, help the spouses move forward, and attain a workable settlement through a mutual agreement of the parties.  Your presenters are two lawyers, a mental health professional, and a financial expert, all trained and experienced in the Collaborative Law process to assist the parties in the resolution of their case in a cooperative manner.

 

 

Collaborative Divorce - Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the differences between the collaborative divorce process and the traditional adversarial method of litigating a divorce through the court system.
  • Learn the procedural and process aspects of collaborative divorce and how they are designed to support and engage divorcing spouses.
  • Understand the interdisciplinary nature of the collaborative process and the roles of collaboratively trained lawyers, mental health professionals, and financial experts in it.
  • Learn how the collaborative process promotes and supports the resolution of divorce in a civil, non-adversarial, and respectful manner focusing on the parties’ goals and the interests of the family.

 

1:00 - 2:00 pm           Introduction to Collaborative Divorce
2:00 – 2:15 pm                     Break (15 minutes)
2:15 – 3:15 pm          Collaborative Divorce:  Process & Procedures
3:15 – 3:30 pm                     Break (15 minutes)
3:30 - 4:30 pm          Collaborative Divorce:  Summary & Recommendations
4:30 - 4:45 pm          Conclusion:  Final Reminders, CE Instructions, & Thank You's