On behalf of the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy we would like to thank everyone who participated in Mentor Day ‘22. With Mentor Day being virtual again this year we were wondering what our attendee turnout would be like. Fortunately, we had a wonderful turnout thanks to our WAMFT community!
We started our day off by discussing different work settings that MFTs can work in. Our panelists were Tri Ngyuen (Private Practice), Charity Laughlan (Group Practice,) Danielle Allan (Schools,) Astrik Price (Military,) and CJ Ellsworth (Community Mental Health.)
Attendees then got to dive into learning more about specialty topics in the field. Attendees asked the speakers questions pertaining to how they became interested in the field, what credentials they need, and how they may be able to follow a similar path. Deb Thomas spoke on Sex Therapy, Katie Jo Glaves and Amanda Stine on Neurodiversity, Bonnie Young on Mindfulness, and Macy Doung on Play Therapy. Later in the day, Tina Schermer Sellers and Ronda Evans taught about supervision needs for students and associate therapists.
Mentorship is at the core of the spirit of the day. The #Whova breakout function allowed for participants to meet mentors in a round-robin format. Our mentors this year included Billie Tyler, Astrik Price, Danesha Deloatch, Tri Ngyuen, Derrick Hoard, and Margaret McLeod.
Our day concluded with our keynote speaker, Briana Mills. She spoke on Disability and Stigma: Effects on Mental Health. Our audience was extremely