Abstracts / Objectives

2017 LAMFT Annual Conference

“Treating Infidelity: A Systemic Approach”

With Featured Presenter: Dr. Gerald Weeks

Thursday, March 2 – Saturday, March 4, 2017

Renaissance Hotel
Baton Rouge, LA

Presentation Abstracts
Thursday, March 2, 2017

ITEM 1: Evening Sessions – Thursday (100 series)

5:00 pm – 8:15 pm

101. Shakespearean Infidelity and Betrayal: “If there be nothing new, but that which is hath been before …”
John Brooks, Benjamin Evans, Jana Sutton
While the complex nature of infidelity and destruction is a family tale older than Shakespeare could weave, it is fitting that through the Bard’s storytelling, we know how tragic the outcomes can be. We will apply Minuchin’s Structural Family Therapy to explore the impact on individuals and families and will utilize well known Shakespearean families to illustrate effective SFT clinical application today, some 400 years later, to a most timeless family theme.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (Concurrent Sessions)

102. “Restorying Rambo?: What Narrative Family Therapy can offer to Veterans and their Families”
Katherine M. Wilson, Denise Walker, Jarodd W. Hundley
Presented are the benefits of Narrative family therapy with veterans diagnosed with PTSD. Narrative therapy can help veterans and their families with societal readjustment by addressing PTSD symptomology. Currently, there is a paucity of research supporting Narrative therapy as an effective treatment with this population. Thus, this discussion will, a) discuss literature reviewing PTSD treatments, b) the importance of identity co-creation for veterans and their families, and c) the need for future exploration and research.

104. “Understanding Evidence Based Treatment Practices from an In-Home Family Therapist Perspective”
Katie Guinn, Amelia Papillion
This presentation will familiarize participants with the application of evidence based treatment models in an in-home context. It will introduce participants to principals of the Functional Family Therapy model and discuss the unique challenges involved in home therapy as well as some of the benefits of delivering services in this way. Presenters will provide a creative approach to family engagement and tips and tricks for the in-home family therapist to add to their treatment toolbox.

106. Teaching Systems Concepts In Your Sphere of Influence
D. Robert Casares, Jr., Matthew T. Morris
This experiential presentation will discuss and demonstrate how film, television, and popular culture can be utilized to teach systemic concepts to clients, interns, and students.

108. Private Practice Management
Christian J. Dean, Sola Kippers
Your practice is open for business and a client calls. Now what? Tips for before, during, and after client sessions: intake procedures, appraisal, diagnosing, billing and follow up.

6:45 pm – 8:15 pm (Concurrent Sessions)

103. From the Classroom to the Living Room: The Transition to Providing In-Home Family Therapy
Matthew Thornton
In-home therapy can be a rich and rewarding experience, but transitioning from academic and outpatient settings can be challenging. In-home family therapy is emerging as a preferred service delivery method, especially in rural and impoverished areas where access to resources is limited. In this workshop, we discuss the impact on both client and therapist, share real stories of challenges and successes, and offer guidance on developing the capacity to serve clients in their own context.

105. Intergenerational Transmission of Infidelity
Erin M. Dugan, Ph.D., LPC-S, Krystal Vaughn, PH.D, Kellie Camelford, Ph.D.
Intergenerational transmission of various aspects and patterns of family systems have been studied in the literature including but not limited to beliefs, norms, values, attitudes, behaviors, parenting practices, separation, divorce, abuse, teenage pregnancy, trauma, low socioeconomic status, and violence to name a few. This study will explore the intergenerational transmission of infidelity across generations and the impact on the child’s view of relationships.

107. Change Events in Emotionally Focused Therapy; De-escalation and Enactments
Tanya Radecker, Hellen Cappo
Getting couples to change their dance is crucial in creating lasting improvements in their relationships. Critical change events in Emotionally Focused Therapy are accomplished through de-escalation and the enactment. Learn how to create those changing events that lead to new ways of communicating and connecting. Additionally, learn how to “catch the bullet” when one partner reacts and fires during an enactments. And learn how to “slice it thinner” when a partner is challenged with expressing needs in an enactment.

109. Empowering Therapists to Treat Infidelity
Daniel Trey Twiford, David Hale
Therapists have a unique skill set to walk through a multitude of difficult situations. One difficult circumstance is infidelity in the family. Just as a family can have many facets that influence how and why the issue arose, therapists can have equally as many reasons for struggling with such a subject. This is why empowerment is important both for the families we work with as well as the therapists that we mentor.

Friday, March 3, 2017

ITEM 2: Afternoon Luncheon Session (lunch can be provided by the hotel)

12:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Annual Update – LPC/MFTAC Board
Mary Alice Olsan and Board
Participate in a Questions and Answers Session with the MFTAC, Board Members, and Executive Director of the LA LPC Board.

ITEM 3: Afternoon Sessions – Friday (200 series)

2:30 pm – 5:45 pm

201. Sexual health and intimacy—therapeutic perspectives of assessment, diagnosis and treatment
Katherine M. Wilson, Melanie Prud’homme, Lawrencia Jenkins, Brooke McMillan
Intimacy and sexual health are of significant value in couple and marital relationships. Therapists will be able to assess, interview, hypothesize, diagnose (DSM-V), set goals, and provide therapy (therapeutic interventions/strategies) to clients with presenting sexual health and intimacy issues. Potential sexual behavioral treatment options AND strategies to address and improve relationships dynamics will be presented through clinical case examples as well as interactive dialogue with attendees.

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Concurrent Sessions)

202. “It’s not You, It’s Me”: Recognizing and Reducing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in the Mental Health Profession
Jason P. Austin, Ph.D., Jana P. Sutton, Ph.D., Ruoxi Chen, Ph.D.
This presentation will discuss the dangers of a lack of self-care and the implications this has for burnout/compassion fatigue. Affecting between 21-67% of all mental health professionals, burnout/compassion fatigue can have a deleterious effect on clinicians, their clients, marital/family relationships, and the organizations they work for. Physical, emotional, mental, and interpersonal symptoms of burnout/compassion fatigue will be discussed. Group discussion and interactive exercises will highlight specific strategies participants can engage in to reduce burnout/compassion fatigue.

204. Parenthood 2.0: Living With a Boomerang Child
D. Robert Casares, Jr.
Through a review of current literature, a discussion of how “boomerang children” are commonly depicted in the media and popular culture, and a summary of the results of a qualitative study conducted by the presenter, this presentation will provide insight into the experiences of parents whose adult child has returned home to reside.

206. Treating marital infidelity through numerological analysis.
Judith G. Miranti, Walter Breaux
Couples who are experiencing spiritually bankruptcy are more apt to be unfaithful than couples who share a similar spiritual bond. Therapist can utilize numerological assessment to aid couples in identifying, accepting and utilizing their spiritual traits in order to increase marital and personal satisfaction. Couples will learn how to minimize the negative traits and emphasize the position traits. In order to help couples reconnect, therapists are encouraged to explore their own spiritual traits and to define how they express their spirituality in their work settings…

208. A Systemic View of Coupling in a Technological Age
Jacinda Whitley, Carl E. “Van” Frusha
As technology continues to become a trending topic in the field of marriage and family therapy, it may be important for therapists to be aware of ways in which they frame social media as they work with couples. This round table discussion will use current student research, which explores the meaning couples make of their social media use, to facilitate dialogue amongst attendees.

4:15 pm – 5:45 pm (Concurrent Sessions)

203. A primer for coping with and thriving through parental anxiety
Kristin Kendrick, John A. Dewell
Adolescents coping with parental anxiety face unique challenges as they navigate through a difficult developmental period. Thus, they can develop unhealthy coping mechanisms and are prone to developing symptomology as they struggle with anxiety within the family system. There is a paucity of research on preventative work with these adolescents. An REBT-based group approach would strongly benefit these adolescents by helping them learn to cope with and thrive through their parents’ anxiety disorders.

205. What Once Was Lost, Now Is Found: A Hermeneutic Analysis of a Teaching Seminar by Carl Whitaker
Benjamin Evans, John Brooks, Jana Sutton
The timeless nature of Carl Whitaker’s pioneering and seminal influence on the field of marriage and family therapy has become as mythical as the man himself. While the passage of time has relegated some masters in this field to historical importance, but irrelevant regarding clinical approaches; Whitaker retains as strong a voice as ever, with much wisdom to impart, if we would only listen.

207. Children of Discord and Divorce: More Issues Than Answers
George W. Hebert, Ph.D., Krystal Vaughn, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, Erin M. Dugan, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC
Familial risk factors have long been strong predictors for subsequent child behavior problems. This presentation will systematically investigate the types of familial discord most associated with disruptive behavior disorders and attempt to categorize them according to meaningful criteria. Additionally, evidence based approaches to best address these resultant behavioral challenges will be explored from a family systems perspective. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences as it relates to the results of this present study.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

ITEM 4: Afternoon Luncheon Sessions – Saturday (300 series)

Lunch can be provided by the hotel

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm (Concurrent Sessions)

301. LMFT Supervisor Orientation and Renewal Course
Penny Millhollon, LMFT, LPC, Kathy Steele, Ron Cathey, Claude Guillote
This presentation provides understanding of the LMFT Supervision rules and reviews the Supervisor Handbook developed by the Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Committee (MFTAC) of the LPC Board of Examiners. It helps clarify the procedures and policies that LMFTs will need to know in order to become a LMFT Supervisor and will help current LMFT Supervisors and PLMFTs better understand responsibilities they each now have. This workshop provides the required coursework for LMFT Supervisior renewal and LMFT Supervisor-Candidate Orientation.

302. The Evolution of Parenting: Where are we now?
Katherine M. Wilson, Jana Leach Whitman, Quin Jenkins
This workshop will discuss the current trends in parenting in the midst of divorce, blended, single and multi-generational families. This session will involve interactive participation with other attendees to discuss the changes and experiences observed within families; effective strategies and interventions; and where the future of parenting headed.

303. Addressing Infidelity in the Family System: What Can Children Understand?
Erin Dugan, Kellie Giorgio Camelford, Krystal Vaughn
This presentation will address how marriage and family counselors can educate, as well as facilitate, parents on age appropriate conversations parents can have with their children surrounding family issues of separation, divorce, and topics such as infidelity. Clinicians and parents need to understand where each child is developmentally, specifically in regard to their cognitive development in order to present information to the child so the child understands without feeling confused, guilty, or worried.

304. Intentionality or Serendipity: Steps to Recognizing Therapeutic Success
David A. Spruill
To be fully accountable, we must clearly understand our role in the change process. Whitaker suggests that change does not occur from serendipity or luck, but from planning and directing our sessions to create the conditions for change.

Using their own clinical examples, participants will use an inductive reasoning process to identify and understand their role (i.e., what they actually did) in creating the conditions for change that contributed to therapeutic success, thus increasing future success potential and accountability.

305. How to Create and Sustain a Life Giving Workplace for the Mental Health Professional
John Sowders, Matthew Thornton
This workshop will focus on how to help leaders of mental health agencies provide a life giving workplace and atmosphere to their clinicians. We will discuss the model of Servant Leadership and how this approach to leadership allows you to provide opportunities for personal growth, self-care and a community of support and encouragement. This type of community is essential to providing and sustaining high quality services to the clients we serve.

ITEM 5: Final Session – Saturday Afternoon

2:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Panel Discussion: Professional Identity and Ethics in Marriage & Family Therapy