The 2023 Conference Workshops were selected by the TAMFT Education Committee and volunteer TAMFT member reviewers. Descriptions of each workshop are listed below, including times and CEUs. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

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Thursday, March 2, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (1.0 CEU)

Addressing Mixed Cultures in Couples and Families (1 Diversity & Cultural Competency CEU)
This workshop will provide education in cultural ethics and law, a proposed model for documentation of culture, as well as training in the application of a multicultural orientation when working with multi-culture couples and families. Attendees will engage in a self-assessment exercise to enhance cultural self- and other-awareness and will practice the application of cultural humility, cultural safety, and cultural broaching to identify and address treatment-related issues in multi-culture couples and families.
Angela Corrigan, LPC-S, LMFT

Ethical Use of Technology in Clinical Practice (1 Ethics CEU)
This session with acquaint therapists with current and upcoming rules and laws regarding the use of teletherapy. Emphasis will be on Texas and Federal guidelines, the use of proper equipment, and ethical practices in the use of video therapy.
Russ Bartee, Ph.D., LMFT-S, LPC-S, Wesleyan University, Assistant Professor

Understanding First Responders: Helping the Helper (1 CEU)
Providing therapy to first responders and their families comes with unique challenges. Not only is there a stigma related to mental health, but there is a fear of being seen as weak or unfit for duty if they seek mental health assistance. As a result, helping the helper can be challenging for counselors and therapists. However, breaking through the barriers to treating this unique population can be rewarding for the first responder, their family system, the local departments, and society.
Debra Taylor-Smith, Ph.D., Eleven 150 Solutions Therapy Services, Owner/CEO

The Benefit of Being in a Professional Community as a Marriage and Family Therapist: Coalition of Associations for Systemic Therapy (COAST) (1 CEU)
In the mental health field, we find ourselves constantly working in a variety of overlapping relational systems. These systems include our clients, colleagues, the communities we live in and serve, our licensing boards, and our professional associations. Have you ever stopped to think about why it is beneficial to be a part of your professional association on both a state and national level? What would you hope to get out of your national association and how can it support the work you do as a Marriage and Family Therapist? What are the ethical benefits of being connected to your professional association? This session will discuss the benefits of being involved in your professional association and how it can ethically support the work you do and protect your identity as a Marriage and Family Therapist. We will also engage in a discussion to learn what members look for and value in a professional association.
Megan Oudekerk, PsyD, LMFT, RPT-S, COAST

Thursday, March 2, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (1.0 CEU)

Helping Your Clients Navigate Financial Stress (1 CEU)
Finances are consistently one of the top stressors in a relationship and one of the main contributors to divorce. This workshop will explore how Financial Therapy can be beneficial to a client. Participants will learn how to employ four therapeutic approaches, including the Financial Genogram, to help clients navigate financial stress.
Sean Stokes, Ph.D., LMFT-S, LPC-S Counseling Center, PLLC, Owner

Cultural Sensitives with Muslim Clients (1 Diversity & Cultural Competency CEU)
Being a culturally-competent practitioner is a necessary skill in today's global environment. This presentation engages clinicians to better serve clients who identify as Muslim. In this interactive presentation, we provide frameworks, principles and beliefs, and nuances present in the Muslim world to prepare clinicians for more meaningful engagement.
Zahra Somani, MA; Brittany Huelett, Ph.D., AMFT, Texas Woman's University

Terapia en espanol - Providing services in Spanish (1 Ethics CEU)
There is a lack of mental health providers with the knowledge, training, and skills to serve Spanish-speaking people. Those with some degree of proficiency do not feel competent enough. It is important to create safe spaces for therapists to practice and discuss their challenges in providing therapy in Spanish.
Nelliana Acuna, MS, LMFT-A, Spanish Therapist, LMFTA

Resolution of Enmeshment and Relationships (1 CEU)
Severe relationship dysfunction is often due to enmeshment and a lack of appropriate implicit interpersonal boundaries, such as in "gaslighting." Evidence suggests that this innovative method proposed rapidly changes interpersonal and internal boundaries. This presentation will include theory, research, and application through live demonstrations with volunteers.
Steven Vazquez, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT Training

Thursday, March 2, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (1.5 CEUs)

Supervising International Supervisees (1.5 Ethics CEUs)
Supervision is the core component and centerpiece in the clinical education of marriage and family therapists (MFT). Research indicates a need for more literature on supervising international graduate students whom most colleges have started admitting to (MFT) programs. This presentation aims to explore international doctoral students' unique experiences as supervisees.
Florence Osuofa, Ph.D.

Family Relationships in Co-occurring Disorders (1.5 CEUs)
This qualitative research presentation explores the experience of those with co-occurring disorders and how their family relationships changed from before and after recovery.
Ryan Lloyd, M.S., LMFT-A, LCDC, Wesleyan University, Graduate Student & Therapist

Training and Education in Systemic Teletherapy (1.5 CEUs)
To meet the changing needs of today's therapists and clients, this workshop will discuss ways to innovate training and education in systemic teletherapy guided by research. Attendees will be able to develop instructional and supervisory practices to increase competency in systemic teletherapy practices by MFTs.
Jaclyn Cravens-Pickens, LMFT, Texas Tech University, Associate Professor; Aaron Norton, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Study of Therapist Experiences of Discrimination (1.5 Supervisory CEUs)
The session will consist of presenting original phenomenological research surrounding the experiences of Therapists of Color (TOC) who have experienced discrimination directed by the client.
Kaelyn Pate, Texas Tech University, Course Instructor, Doctoral Student; Amanda Guzmán, M.S., LMFT-A; Hou I Lau, M.S., LMFT-A

Friday, March 3, 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (1.0 CEU)

Ethics of Sex and Technology in the Therapy Room (1 Ethics CEU)
This workshop will entail the ethical considerations regarding teledildonics and how clinicians can approach ethical dilemmas regarding sex and technology. In this workshop, clinicians can expect to understand the various forms of sex and technology and ways to educate clients on teledildonics and how to identify bias within themselves.
Sahar Khanpour, Texas Tech University; Jaclyn Cravens, Ph.D., LMFT, Texas Tech University; Michelle Gentry, B.A., Texas Tech University

Adult Intimacy and Childhood Emotional Neglect (1 CEU)
This presentation is about the consequences of childhood emotional neglect for adults who struggle with intimacy in couple relationships. Innovative procedures can now neutralize the negative consequences of childhood emotional neglect and radically improve couple intimacy. And lively group discussions involving scientific research on these topics.
Steven Vazquez, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT Training

The Gray Series: Parallels Between Sex & Therapy (1 Supervisory CEU)
Have you ever considered the possibility that a good therapeutic relationship is like a good sexual relationship? This session explores how the intimacy of healthy therapeutic relationships mirrors the intimacy of a healthy sexual relationship. Does this make you uncomfortable? If so, do you know why? Come find out.
Layla Z. Scott, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE, Private Practice; Sharla Carpenter, MS, LMFT-S, CDWF

Friday, March 3, 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. (1.0 CEU)

The Improv Method (1 CEU)
Introducing The Improv Method, learn therapeutic methods through the use of improv comedy. This course provides an overview of therapeutic interventions through the use of improv comedy games used for a variety of clinical settings such as family therapy, individual therapy, group, and classroom intervention. This interactive workshop will provide you with the opportunity to diversify your therapeutic toolbox and experience how improv facilitates vulnerability and community when working with individuals on the autism spectrum, neurodiverse brains, and when treating anxiety and trauma.
Nicole Moore, LMFT; Alexandra Arena, Ed.D, BCBA, SLP; Maja Watkins, Social and Emotional Learning Specialist

The Unseen Complexities of Working with Immigrants (1 Diversity & Cultural Competency CEU)
Nelliana & Nkem, as immigrant therapists, want to challenge participants to "walk a mile" in immigrants' shoes and their experience when they navigate the unknown of the dominant culture, with the goal of building bridges to learn how to work together in a respectful, collaborative and ethical way.
Nelliana Acuna, MS, LMFT-A, Spanish Therapist, LMFTA; Nkem Chinwah, LMFT-S, LPC, & Life Coach

Solution-focused Interventions for 4th and 5th Graders (1 CEU)
Most students in the fourth and fifth grades become easily distracted, lose focus during their instructional period, and have inattention issues at school and home with no interventions or resources to help the student stay on task. This study is specifically focused on fourth and fifth-grade elementary students who have been identified to have attention and focus issues. It was important that these students were not labeled as ADD or ADHD students because many of them had not been diagnosed with ADD/ ADHD. Through this exploration, the findings revealed that with more one-on-one attention, interactive activities, and some psychoeducation about the brain, every student felt heard, seen, and desired to give better effort in the classroom, with hopes that this effort transferred to the way that they behaved in the classroom and complete homework assignments. This study will highlight the need for specific interventions for students with inattention and focus issues.
Brandi Sewell Puga, LPC

Mindfulness-Based Miracle Question (1 CEU)
In this presentation, we will draw the attention of participants to their breathing and help them incorporate mindfulness breathing as part of the Solution-Focused Miracle Question. This is an innovative technique that could be used with families, couples, and individual clients.
Violeta Kadieva, Ph. D., LMFT-S, Artaya Brown, Ph. D. Candidate, LMFT; Mia-Tiara Hall, Ph. D. Candidate, LMFT-Associate

Friday, March 3, 2:00 p.m.  - 3:00 p.m. (1.0 CEU)

Utilizing SFNT with Two Under-represented Groups (1 Diversity & Cultural Competency CEU)
The parents and families of LGBTQIA youth and young adults, along with aging couples, have largely been under-represented in clinical literature. Solution Focused Narrative Therapy (SFNT) provides a therapeutic framework where these families and couples are recognized by the therapist as possessing the expertise to help themselves.
JoAngeli Kasper, LPC; Paige Ellison, LPC-A, LMFT-A

Ethical Applications for Monolinguistic Hispanics (1 Ethics CEU)
Despite the growing need for Spanish-speaking therapy in Texas, few options are available. This workshop will focus on ethically informed practices for both Spanish and non-Spanish-speaking therapists to serve monolinguistic Hispanic clients better. Providing guidance for translated documents, interpreters, language barriers, and contextual factors necessary to serve these communities ethically.
Megara Escobedo; Cameron Brown, Ph.D.; Raquel Gonzalez; Demi Torres

An Integrated Approach to Child & Family Therapy (1 CEU)
This workshop presents a novel approach to child and family therapy integrating neurobiology, attachment, regulation, and discipline. Participants will learn the seven essential attachment needs of children, which guide interventions and empower parents for positive change. This perspective offers science-informed, effective interventions that shift families toward greater stability and connection.
Kathleen Scherer, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Sylvester, Ph.D., Relationship-Based Treatment: Heart & Work

Culturally Sensitive Supervision (1 Supervisory CEU)
It has been found that multicultural competence training does not give specific outlines and detailed guidelines that would help clinicians when working through cross-cultural conflicts. In this workshop, we will utilize a cultural soup activity. We will create the recipe for your own cultural soup with multicultural ingredients to decrease the anxiety of providing feedback about cultural and interpersonal conflicts in supervision.
Violeta Kadieva, Ph. D., LMFT-S; Jeremy Pierce, MA, LMFT-S, LPC-S; Artaya Brown, Ph. D. Candidate, LMFT-Associate

Saturday, March 4, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (1 CEU)

Coupled Recovery: Treating PSB and Betrayal (1 CEU)
Connect individual and relational healing for those struggling with PSB and Betrayal Trauma. This approach includes specific tools (free diagrams and worksheets) and interventions, linking treatment of PSB, Betrayal Trauma, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Sex Therapy, through a common language that is attachment-based, geared towards reducing shame and increasing connection.

Polyamory, BDSM, and Alt Sex, Oh My! (1 Diversity & Cultural Competency CEU)
Polyamorous, kink or BDSM-identifying, and alternative sexuality communities often face barriers in treatment. These barriers not only harm these communities but also dissuade providers from creating affirming spaces. Clinicians will be given steps to assess cultural competency in their current practice and recognize areas of improvement throughout the clinical setting.
Fariba Arabghani, Sex Educator; Elizabeth Boatman, Ph.D., LMFT, AASECT CSE-Supervisor

Living in Between: Ni de aqui­, ni de haya. (1 CEU)
The presentation serves to educate, empower and support those who work with Latino(a/x) clients. The panel of Bilingual Latina Therapists will share their respective stories and experiences that come with being raised by immigrant parents. Additionally, they will discuss what it is like working with this population through the therapeutic lens.
Martha Wade, LMFT-Associate; Ingrid Deras, LMFT-Associate

Saturday, March 4, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (3 CEUs)

Educator's Summit: Are we benefiting from a broken system? Ethical responsibilities of systemic professionals and educators

Cameron Brown, Ph.D.

Saturday, March 4, 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (1 CEU)

Trauma Informed Care: Playing with the brain (1 CEU)
Presenters will explain how your brain grows and responds to trauma and stress. The Brain Architecture Game teaches how early childhood experiences (both Adverse Childhood Events and Resources) build the lineup your brain uses every day. We discuss several theories (Polyvagal, AIP, TBRI, DBT) in examining the mechanics of the brain and how the body responds to intense, overwhelming experiences.
Pam Rinn, Ph.D., LMFT; Christy Graham, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor; Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

Therapy in the Metaverse Platform (1 CEU)
The presenter will highlight the unique benefits and challenges of therapy in the metaverse platform by sharing examples and offering hands-on activities. This workshop can help therapists to explore new opportunities for delivering effective and personalized therapy to their clients.
Soon Cho, M.S.W

TSBEMFT Rules Update (1 Supervisory CEU)
Stay ethical by learning about the most recent and upcoming rule changes. Supervisors, associates, and doctoral students are strongly encouraged to attend. Relational hours, the associate license, professional representation, CEUs, common ethical violations, and more will be explored.
Lisa Merchant, Ph.D., LMFT

Saturday, March 4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (1.5 CEUs)

Effectively Treating the ADHD-Affected Couple (1.5 CEUs)
The ADHD- affected couple (one has ADHD and the other doesn't) experiences greater frustration in relationships due to the symptoms associated with ADHD. Identifying the common roadblocks that ADHD-affected couples encounter, along with learning key strategies and interventions, can result in more successful therapy outcomes.
Susan Tschudi, MA, LMFT

Hazardous Alcohol Use and Gender Minority Stress (1.5 Diversity & Cultural Competency CEUs)
Transgender/gender nonconforming individuals are at an increased risk for hazardous alcohol use, particularly binge drinking (Tupler et al., 2017), which has been related to coping with experiences of minority stress (Lindley et al., 2021). Through experiential activities and didactic instruction, participants will practice assessing for hazardous alcohol use.
Shelly Dalton, Ph.D., LPC; Veronica Bucci, B.S.; Mikaela Gjoka, B.A.

Ethics: Virtual Relationship with College Students (1.5 Ethics CEUs)
Learn about ethical principles, strengths, and values and how to apply them in relation to virtual health care for college students. Practitioners, in groups and as a whole, will be asked how they might apply these principles and values while reflecting on how it can strengthen their relationships and practice.
Janice Hall, Ph.D., MMFT, Seli Fakorzi, MA, LPC-S

The Newest Generation of US Veterans & The Family (1.5 CEUs)
The United States has garnered another, much newer, generation of Veterans in the past two decades. Although literature exists on this newest generation, this specific subcultural of the military has yet to see contemporary marriage and family therapy effectively conceptualize and adapt treatment to meet the niche needs this group presents with. This session addresses such concerns; particular emphasis is placed on using the ABC-X Family Crisis Model (Bush & Price, 2021).
Ryan Lloyd, M.S., LMFT-A, LCDC; Federico Mendez, M.S., LMFT

Infinite Circular Causality in Supervision (1.5 Supervisory CEUs)
Supervision is a process filled with complexity and multidimensional influence, encompassing the supervisor, the therapist, the client, and all the systems represented within each and all of these individuals and their contexts. We will discuss how this complexity affects the ethical decision-making process of the supervisee, among other clinical implications.
Nelliana Acuna, MS, LMFT-A, Spanish Therapist, LMFTA; Candace Runaas, LMFT Supervisor, LPC

Saturday, March 4, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (1.0 CEU)

Leaving the Launch Pad: What to Expect and How to Succeed after Finishing Graduate School (1 CEU)
Students work hard for years to finish a Master's or Doctoral degree, only to find that there are a lot of questions and some struggle after graduation. While that may be partly due to the hoops of getting a license, there are other questions around career development. What kind of job should I look for upon graduation? How much time and money should I put into marketing or ongoing training? Is opening a private practice right for me? There are no universal answers to these questions, but there are factors for new professionals to consider. Jason Martin has helped guide many therapists through their early years in practice. He will share some of the lessons he has learned and address questions that students and new professionals may have.
Jason Martin, Ph.D., LMFT-S, LPC-S, TAMFT President

Modern Diversity and White Emerging Adult Males (1 Diversity & Cultural Competency CEU)
21st Century multiculturalism and female empowerment have altered systemic white male hierarchies. A phenomenological study explored white emerging adult males™ experiences with societal progressions. Results reveal diverse inclusivity responses, role challenges, and faith identity and exposure resiliencies. These provide multicultural implications for marriage and family therapists in community justice advocacy.
Megan Cannedy, Ph.D., LMFT

Ethics of Foster Children & Their Systems (1 Ethics CEU)
Ever had an interest in working with foster care kids? This session will provide insight into the difficulties therapists may face when ethically helping these children manage the variety of values from the systems in which they are involved.
Abigail Despain; Meredith Burdett, B.A Psychology, Amy Campbell, B.S Human Science

Therapy in the Adoption Community (1 CEU)
This presentation will allow participants to understand the importance of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety formal screening with expectant and birth parents in adoption.
Emily Morehead, MA, LPC, PMH-C

Supporting Queer Women in Straight Relationships (1 CEU)
This session will outline a sexual identity support group for queer-identifying women in straight-passing relationships. Over the course of the group, the members will explore what being queer means to them and how their sexual identity affects their family system.
Heather Fry; Damion David, Ph.D., LPC

Saturday, March 4, 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (1.0 CEU)

Ethics in Court-Appointed Therapy For Foster Care (1 Ethics CEU)
A pressing issue for therapists is in maintaining ethical behavior and confidentiality in court-appointed therapy for foster care. This presentation addresses how to lawfully and ethically navigate court-appointed therapy for foster care in accordance with Texas state laws and the AAMFT code of ethics.
Jared Erickson; Jesse Bradshaw, Masters Student

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Sara E. Blakeslee Salkil, Ph.D., LMFT, IMFT-S