When: Fridays, October 2 & 9, 9am-12:30pm, 2020, 9am-12:30pm EDT
Where: On Zoom
Facilitators: David Haddad, EdD; LaNisha Allen, MA; Simone Matthews B.A.; Lisa Saunders, MA; Jacqueline Gagliardi, LMFT; Frank Gomez; Beverly Ibeh; Scott Cohen, LMFT; Joe Winn, LICSW, CST; Jeremiah Gibson, LMFT, CST; Katherine Manners, LMFT
Rates: $90 for Non-Members; $60 for Members, Free for Pre-Licensed Members through the Emily Mitchell Scholarship Fund
CEs: 6 CEs pending for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, and Lic. Psychologists

CFINE is supporting our professional organization, the New England Association for Family & Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST). Learn more about NEAFAST here.

The State of Therapy Conference, hosted by NEAFAST, is a two-day, 6 CE conference, dedicated to creating collaborative conversations between therapists about impacting and improving the state of therapy in Massachusetts. The conference includes six seminars, broken into two separate segments throughout the day. Participants will have the ability to join small group conversations, where a facilitator will lead a brainstorming and action planning process on relevant topics pertaining to the practice of therapy in Massachusetts.

The Conference centers around six seminars. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in one from each of the two seminar sessions:

Seminar Session 1

  • Addressing Racism in the Therapy Room: This workshop will explore how NEAFAST can support therapists in addressing issues that come up in therapy regarding racism. We will describe processes for how therapists can both maintain professional integrity as well as build trust and rapport with established clients while expanding client insight and awareness of implicit biases. Facilitated by David Haddad, EdD; LaNisha Allen, MA; Simone Matthews B.A.; and Lisa Saunders, MA.
  • Writing About Your Experiences of Practice in 2020: In 2020, we’ve been confronted with issues that we’ve avoided and seldom discussed: quarantine, pandemic, systemic racism. In this discussion, we will examine the ways that practitioners can describe and share about the practice of family and relational therapy, using the New England Journal of Relational and Systemic Practice as a platform for writing. This workshop is intended for writers and non-writers. Facilitated by Jacqueline Gagliardi, LMFT; Frank Gomez and Beverly Ibeh, editorial board members for NEJRSP.
  • Ethics of Teletherapy Training: In this discussion, we will identify the strengths and challenges of systems-informed teletherapy. We will explore how NEAFAST can support clinicians and advocate for ethical practices of teletherapy with couples, families, and marginalized communities. Facilitated by Scott Cohen, LMFT.

Seminar Session 2

  • Attending to Racism in our Profession: In this discussion, we will examine how our profession is embedded in white supremacy and how systemic racism impacts when, where, and how we do therapy. We will also explore how a systems approach can challenge some of these practices and attend to the racism in our profession. Facilitated by Joe Winn, LICSW, CST.
  • Advocating for Family Therapy: Building Collaborative Relationships: In this discussion, we will explore practical strategies for how NEAFAST can advocate for the practice of family therapy through building collaborative relationships with providers, policy makers, family advocates, and other community agencies, breaking down professional silos in order to deliver comprehensive services. Facilitated by Jeremiah Gibson, LMFT, CST.
  • Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on the Future of Relational Therapy: This workshop will explore the relational, family process, and mental health trends that are developing as a result of the pandemic. We will also discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the health and self-care of therapists, and discuss the role NEAFAST can play in addressing these shifts to provide services to our clients and resources to our membership. Facilitated by Katherine Manners, LMFT.

Participants will:

  1. Identify vestiges of white supremacy and practices in the contemporary field of psychotherapy.
  2. Explore relational strategies for engaging with racist processes and dialogue in the therapeutic room and larger profession.
  3. Identify practices for collaborating with other healthcare professionals and systems to effectively document, describe, and establish best practices for family and relational processes.
  4. Identify strategies for engaging through the medium of telehealth, accounting for the strengths and limitations of teletherapy.
  5. Identify relational trends during the time of COVID-19.

Conference Schedule:

First Friday, October 2
9-9:30: Introduction
9:30-10:30: Seminar Session 1

  • Addressing Racism in the Room
  • Ethics of Teletherapy Training
  • Writing About Your Experiences of Practice in 2020

10:30-10:45: Break
10:45-11:45: Seminar Session 2

  • Attending to Racism in Our Profession
  • Advocating for Family Therapy: Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Future of Our Work

11:45-12:30: Sharing from Breakout Sessions & Conclusion

Second Friday, October 9
9-10: Seminar Session 1

  • Addressing Racism in the Room
  • Ethics of Teletherapy Training
  • Writing About Your Experiences of Practice in 2020

10-10:15: Break
10:15-11:15: Breakout Session 2

  • Attending to Racism in Our Profession
  • Advocating for Family Therapy: Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Future of Our Work

11:15-12:30: Sharing from Breakout Sessions and Conclusion

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