2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Crisis Across the Lifespan: Systemic Assessment and Intervention in Marriage and Family Therapy
Held virtually, Friday Sept 25th - Saturday Sept 26th
Suicidality: Systemic Assessment and Intervention in Marriage and Family Therapy (6 CEs)
Date: Friday, September 25th
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
This day long workshop will provide mental health practitioners with empirically supported strategies for assessing and intervening with suicidal clients using a systemic framework. Participants will learn about the specific factors that are important to consider when assessing for risk and suicidal behavior from this lens, including how to assess for suicidal risk with multiple people in the room and understanding the unique environmental, social, and cultural considerations that may impact their risk. Additionally, the training will explore how these same risk factors can also be used as strategies for connecting clients to community and enhance resiliency.
Jessica Leith, MS, MFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor in WA State. She has practiced in both public and private mental health settings for the past 13 years, including 7 years as a crisis intervention specialist for youth and families in King County. While in this role, Jessica was responsible for the assessment and intervention of families in crisis, including those with high suicidal ideation and family conflict. She is trained in a number of Evidence Based Treatments for both children and adults, including the DBT Skills Model. Jessica is currently Teaching Faculty in the Couples and Family Therapy Program at Antioch University Seattle and is the owner of Leith Counseling and Consultation, PLLC in Seattle.
Crisis across the Lifespan: Systemic Assessment and Intervention in Marriage and Family Therapy (7 CEs)
Date: Saturday, September 26th
Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Crisis across the Lifespan will focus on how we provide effective relational therapy across the lifespan with an emphasis on effectively helping individuals, couples, and families manage wide-ranging crises. Crises take many forms and affect people in various contexts and at different stages of life. This conference will offer a learning experience for clinicians to develop more awareness, knowledge, and skills for working with clients facing various forms of crisis.
Some topics include:
Crisis assessment & intervention, duty to warn issues across the lifespan
Trauma-informed & systemic treatment of children and adolescents
Impact of substance use on the family system (e.g., opioid crisis, alcohol)
Mental health impact on children caring for aging parents
CPS reporting issues, working with children and families in the aftermath of abuse
Grief & loss across the lifespan (e.g., loss of a child, parent)
Families with children with special needs
Working systemically in times of global crisis
An ethics track will be included for participants to earn up to 6 ethics CEs.
Attachment-based Family Therapy for Youth at Risk for Suicide
Dr. Guy Diamond will provide an overview of Attachment-based Family Therapy (ABFT), which is an evidence-based model of family therapy for adolescents experiencing depression, suicidality, and trauma. He will cover the theory, empirical support, clinical structure of ABFT, and specific interventions for how to effectively work with this population from a systemic, attachment-based, and compassionate stance. Video demonstration of the therapy will be shared.
Guy Diamond, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania and Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Family Intervention Science at Drexel University. His work focuses on prevention and intervention for youth who struggle with depression, trauma and suicide. He is the developer of Attachment-based Family Therapy, a trauma focused, process oriented, empirically supported treatment for these populations.
Summary from the 2019 Conference
Summary from the
WAMFT hosted its 2019 Fall Conference to support the continuing education of our members. The theme of the conference was “Expanding Relationship Paradigms: Practicing Inclusivity in Couple and Family Therapy.” The conference included a pre-conference workshop, in addition to the full conference event.
The event included 7 CEs for the main conference event, including two “tracks” for attendees- an ethics track and a sex therapy track. The conference planning committee applied for CE approval from the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), which allowed the CE credits to count toward AASECT Sex Therapy Certification and Renewal.
The keynote presenters were Dr. Steve Harris, who spoke on the topic of discernment counseling, and Dossie Easton, LMFT co-author of The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love.
We received such positive reviews from our members and we are thankful for everyone’s participation.
Our goal is to continue to offer a pre-conference option and curate content that our members can immediately apply in clinical practice.