Host: The New England Association for Family & Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST)
Fridays, October 29 & November 5, 2021, 9am-12:30pm ET
Where: On Zoom
Instructors: Jeremiah Gibson, LMFT; David Haddad, EdD; Jacqueline Gagliardi, MEd, David Treadaway, PhD
CEs: 6 CEs for LMFTs, LICSWs, and LMHCs
Target Audience: Marriage & Family Therapists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists

From Jeremiah Gibson, LMFT, State of Therapy Conference 2021 Instructor and NEAFAST Director:
“2021 has been an intense year for mental health professionals. Most therapists I know are full and emotionally exhausted. Reimbursement rates from insurance companies are declining for relational therapists. And this is before we get to the ways that COVID-19 and the pandemic have impacted our lives.

Crises have a way of inviting us to reassess our current systems and explore how we might do things differently. The State of Therapy Conference, hosted by the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST) on October 29 & November 5 from 9am-12:30pm on Zoom has the opportunity to be a space of re-envisioning and redefining how we practice mental health care in our communities.

We would like to partner with you in creating and reimagining a sustainable system that brings out the best in therapists. Check out the attached flier and the NEAFAST website for more information about the breakout sessions, to sign up for State of Therapy 2021, and to learn more about NEAFAST. It’s $100 if you sign up by October 1; $75 for NEAFAST members.”

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NEAFAST’s State of Therapy Conference is a two day-long, 6 CE conference that combines components of the practice of group therapy with collaborative language systems theory to explore how therapists in Massachusetts can participate in advocating for the practice of family and systemic therapy to larger systems. The State of Therapy Conference utilizes lecture, panel discussions, and group discussions as its primary learning platforms.

Each day of the Conference will begin with a half-hour long panel discussion that describes the format for the Conference, the benefit of collaborating as professionals to advocate for our field, and the introduction of principles from collaborative language systems theory and group therapy practices. The Conference then moves into two series of 60-minute-long breakout sessions. These workshops will include brainstorming discussions about how therapists can develop next steps for practicing from the perspective of intersectionality and antiracism, create guidelines around telehealth after the pandemic, discuss how the pandemic impacts therapist development and burnout, identify best practice standards for relational therapists, establish ways that the pandemic has impacted relationships and sexuality, and incorporate family therapy models into telehealth practices. The Conference will conclude with a 45 minute panel discussion that reflects both on the ideas discussed during the six brainstorming sessions and on the incorporation of collaborative language systems and group therapy principles in the discussions.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be better able to:

  1. Develop three strategies to best adhere to the ethical standard of scope of practice.
  2. Explain at least one ethical decision-making process for determining when and how to use telehealth with relationships and families following the pandemic restrictions.
  3. Discuss three strategies for incorporating intersectionality and other antiracist principles into professional work.
  4. Demonstrate two ways to incorporate basic family therapy principles and modules into telehealth practices with specific populations (e.g. couples, families with children, individuals with disabilities).

Schedule for both days (all times in ET)

9-9:30am State of Therapy: An Introduction
9:30-10:30am Breakout Session 1:

  • How the Pandemic Impacts Therapist Development and Burnout — David Treadway, PhD, and panel
  • Guidelines Around Telehealth Post-Pandemic — Kate Sanford, LMFT
  • Impact of Pandemic on Sexuality and Relationships — South Shore Sexual Health Center

10:30-10:45am Break
10:45-11:45am Breakout Session 2:

  • Articulating Principles of Relational Therapy — Jason Neely, PhD
  • The Role of Self-Reflection in Telehealth and Beyond — David Haddad, EdD, Jacqueline Gagliardi, M.Ed, and Frank Gomez
  • Antiracism: Next Steps — Jennifer Driscoll, LMFT

11:45am-12:30pm State of Therapy: Processing and Next Steps