Abstracts / Objectives

2018 LAMFT Conference

TED Style Talks: Thursday Afternoon

TS 01. Digital Enmeshment: Addressing Adolescent Technology Dependence in Session(20)
L’Kendra N. Wilrye
Briana M. Savage
Jason P. Austin, PhD, LMFT
Abstract: Therapeutic work with adolescents and their families can be difficult, especially with technology. As technology overuse can create the same neuro-patterns as substance abuse (Goldstein & Volkow, 2011), limiting tech use during therapy sessions may prove more difficult than one may initially think. Structural Family Therapy (SFT; Minuchin & Fischman, 2009) could create appropriate boundaries between an adolescent and technology while concurrently addressing family dynamics. Thus, we discuss SFT and specific interventions to address adolescent digital enmeshment during therapy sessions.

TS 02. Nutrition and Its Effects on the Family(20)
Lindsay Abshier
Theresa Dronet, PhD., LMFT-SC
.Abstract: Nutrition doesn’t play a role in family therapy, right? Learn how nutrition truly effects the lives of individual and how we, as clinicians, can utilize proper nutrition as a therapeutic tool when working with individuals from a systemic perspective.

TS 03. Experience of Non-US (International) Students in MAFT program(20)
Kiran Aryal
Ruoxi Chen, PhD., LMFT
.Abstract: In this brief presentation, we discuss some unique challenges faced by international students studying MFT in the US, and how MFT faculty and trainees of different cultural backgrounds can deepen their connection and understanding of one another. Such understanding can potentially help create a more meaningful training experience for all students and a more facilitative environment for international students looking to pursue MFT training in the US.

TS 04. Beautiful Failure: Learning from Our Mistakes(20)
Matthew Thornton, LMFT, LPC
Abstract: Mistakes, failures and flaws are great teachers. Like it or not, failure is a necessary part of the human experience, but we have been taught to avoid mistakes. We spend our days trying to avoid exposing our weaknesses, and in doing so we limit both opportunity and growth. It is time that we accept ourselves (flaws and all), so that we can live fully and perhaps help our clients do the same.

TS 05. Empathy’s Impact on Narcissism(20)
Cierra Wingerd, MA
Jason Austin, PhD., LMFT
Abstract: While Narcissistic Personality Disorder has been linked to a lack of empathy (Miehls, 1993), the role of empathy in narcissistic individuals’ intimate relationships with other narcissists have yet to be explored or examined. This presentation will (a) address the gap in literature on narcissistic couples’ relationship struggles regarding empathy, (b) discuss narcissistic individual mate selection criteria, and (c) provide a conceptual example. Clinical implication of exploring empathy and increased relationship satisfaction with narcissistic couples is discussed.

100 Series: Thursday Evening

101. MFT Ethics(3H)
Tom Caffery, PhD. LMFT-S
Susan Harrington, LPC-S, LMFT-S, NCC
Abstract: What do ethics have to do with professional identity? What role does professional identity play in decision making? This presentation will look at the role of ethics, professional identity, and core ethical principles in decision making. Case examples will be used to illustrate this process.
Intermediate/3 hours

102. The Systemic Influence of a Life-Giving Workplace on the Mental Health Professional(90)
Emily Jones, PhD., LMFT, LPC-S
John Sanders, PhD., LMFT-S
Abstract: Burnout is a common occurrence for those that work in the mental health field – especially for those that work within agency settings. An agency’s corporate culture can either accelerate or decelerate that process. In this presentation, components of a positive corporate culture will be discussed, along with practical application for leadership in agency settings. The benefits and costs to a clinician of engaging in a corporate culture, both professionally and personally, will also be discussed.

103. Health Care Coverage for Children and Adults: Systemic Issues Relating to Race and Ethnicity(90)
George W. Hebert, PhD., Licensed Psychologist
Kimberly Frazier, PhD., LPC-S, NCC
Abstract: Access to proper health care options for minorities has plagued the United States for decades. This presentation will analyze the equity progress for children and adults made over the span of ten years with regard to race and ethnicity at both the federal level and at the state level in Louisiana. Pertinent state and federal data files will be summarized specific for Louisiana institutions. Participants will be invited to share what they see as common barriers.

104. The Virtual Classroom: A Look into COAMFTE Accredited Online MFT Education(90)
Katie Nelson Garcia, PhD., LMFT, LPC
Ashlin Brooke Thompson, MA, PLMFT
Abstract: When the online MFT education model emerged, many scholars and educators were skeptical. How can a student be trained as a therapist through the internet? Today, however, due to increased technological advances and the need level of those unable to attend a traditional classroom, the online format is finding innovative and creative ways to produce high quality graduates. In this presentation, two online COAMFTE programs will be discussed, along with personal experiences of both an instructor and a graduate.

105. Small Changes Often Lead to Bigger Changes(90)
Monica Simon, LPC-S, LMFT-S
Abstract: Most clients come to therapy focused on the problem. Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) utilizes the “conversation of change” to invite clients to think and think differently about possible solutions, or small changes that will lead to their desired outcome of what they DO want to happen in their life. This workshop will discuss how to use the language of SFBT with clients to shift the focus from “problem focused” to “solution focused.”

106. A Therapist in Hiding(90)
Jessica B. Baudoin, PhD., LMFT, LPC
Abstract Marriage and Family Therapists are widely known for their roles as mental health practitioners. People enter this “helping field” because they have a true desire to assist others in finding hope and resolution in their lives. However, this may not always take place in a clinical setting. MFTs are particularly qualified to serve as administrators in various settings. Through learned skills of assessment, communication, and conflict resolution, MFTs have the ability to conceptualize the systemic whole and work with others to achieve the mission of the work.

107. Simple Truths: A Discussion About the Process of Change(90)
Matthew Thornton, PhD., LMFT-S, LPC
Abstract: A stranger says, “I’m struggling. I need help.” We answer, “Yes. Come in. Talk for a while.” If we describe therapy in the simplest of terms, we can begin to see both purpose and meaning in the process of change. In this workshop, participants will discuss change experienced in their own lives and in the lives of their clients. By intentionally describing therapy through simple truths, we can rekindle our passion for this noble profession.

200 Series: Friday Afternoon

201. A Supervision Training on Working with LGBTQ+ Elders: Integrating Diagnostic and Ethical Concerns(3H)
Susan Harrington, LPC-S, LMFT-S, NCC
Jim L. Meadows, LMSW
Madelynn Fellon, MA, PLPC, PLMFT, NCC
Amy Bakke, PLPC, PLMFT
Abstract: This seminar is a “training within a training” as participants will receive LGBTQ+ cultural awareness training while watching how to implement a supervisory training. Marriage and family therapy supervision is ripe with possible discussions and experiential options. In this seminar, participants will be provided an in vivo opportunity that is also intended to increase awareness through an isomorphoric event. The seminar will incorporate diagnostic impacts and ethical issues in working with the LGBTQ+ elder community.

202. Formal Diagnosis & Clinical Practice: A Primer for Family Therapists(3H)
Tom Moore, MA, M.MFT, LPC-S, LMFT-S
Abstract: What is the relevance of individual diagnosis to systemic practice? How can the family therapist utilize formal diagnoses derived from the DSM and ICD-10 in a manner that enhances rather than impedes the change process? What ethical considerations are incumbent on the systemic thinker in the assignment and management of formal diagnoses? The presenter will explore the practice, politics, systemic impact, and clinical utility of creating and assigning formal diagnostic labels.

203. Crazy Like a Fox? Deconstructing Creative Interventions(90)
David A. Spruill, PhD, LMFT-S
Mark R. Reynaud, LMFT-S, LPC-S
Abstract: In this program, veteran marriage and family therapists will share very creative (and often very humorous) interventions from their clinical experiences, with a focus on explaining the logic and goal of what may look on the surface to be a “crazy intervention” but has much more complexity at a process level. Participants will also have opportunities to share their own “irreverent interventions” and the logic and goals behind them.

204. The Family Within(90)
Katherine M. Wilson, PhD., LMFT, LPC
Abby Barthel Hays, PLMFT, PLPC
Lawerencia Jenkins, PLMFT, PLPC
Anne Newman, PLMFT, PLPC
Anne Newman, PLMFT, PLPC
Abstract: While most MFTs are systemically trained in university settings and sites related to the university, how often in the post graduate/licensed paradigm do we have that ideal systemic setting occur? Often, we find ourselves in the paradigm of only a single/individual presenting client. This presentation will demonstrate application of systemic therapy models within the paradigm of the individual client in a family. This presentation will address assessing, hypothesizing, goal setting and implementation with the individual as the conduit for the family in systemic therapy models.

205. The Couple Within(90)
Katherine M. Wilson, PhD., LMFT, LPC
Trey Twiford, PLMFT, PLPC
Sabrina Wegner, PLMFT, PLPC
Jana Leach Whitman, PLMFT, PLPC
Abstract: While most MFTs are systemically trained in university settings and sites related to the university, how often in the post graduate/licensed paradigm do we have that ideal systemic setting occur? Often, we find ourselves in the paradigm of only a single/individual presenting client. This presentation will demonstrate application of systemic therapy models within the paradigm of the individual client in a couple. This presentation will address assessing, hypothesizing, goal setting and implementation with the individual as the conduit for the couple in systemic therapy models.

206. I Don’t Want to “Do It Over Again;” Help for Family and Friends of People with OCD(90)
Terry L Pertuit, Ph.D., NCC, LPC-S, LMFT
Abstract: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder alters the lives of both sufferers and their loved ones. Often, family and friends, in their desire to help ease the anxiety and distress, are sucked into routines filled with avoidance and rituals, feeling trapped by OCD almost as much as their loved one. This session is intended to help family and friends make changes to break free and make it more difficult for their loved ones to stay bound by OCD.

208. LMFT Supervision Orientation and Renewal Course(90)
Penny Millhollon, LMFT-S, LPC-S
Kathy Steele, Ph.D., LMFT-S, LPC-S
Ron Cathey, LMFT-S, LPC-S
Claude Guillotte, LMFT, LPC
Abstract: This presentation provides an understanding of the LMFT Supervision rules and reviews the Supervisor Handbook developed by the Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Committee (MFTAC). There will also be an update on the procedures and policies for LMFT Supervisors and PLMFTs. This presentation provides the required coursework for LMFT Supervisor renewal and LMFT Supervisor-Candidate Orientation.