2017 Annual Conference

The Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

All Day Annual Conference – 6 CEs

MFTs, Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers

Date /Time:
Friday, April 21, 2017
8:15 AM – Registration, Coffee & Tea
8:45 AM – PAMFT President Welcome
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Conference Presenters
Lunch included: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
4:00 PM – Sign Out/CEs sent via Email

Union League of Philadelphia (important: dress code)
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-563- 6500 – please call for Parking Info & Dress Code questions

Registration is now closed!

There will be NO registrations at the door.

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What Therapists Need to Know

9:00 – 10:30 AM
Multicultural Sexuality: What I didn’t know about my own Culture


The past two years have been a whirlwind of personal and professional discovery for me. Some of my assumptions and ignorance about race and persons of African descent were grounded in stereotypes, myths, and faulty belief systems learned from my family of origin, kinships, and exposure to media. Through an interpretivist perspective, this presentation describes a portion of my journey as a Black male sexuality therapist and the cultural lessons learned that may enable all of us to begin to think differently about clinically serving people of color. In addition, this workshop sheds light upon how therapists should consider the emergence of the social justice movement and its potential effects on relationships. Finally, the presentation concludes with a few thoughts for increasing the presence and retention of people of color in the field of marriage, family, and sexuality therapy.

OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to identify at least two assumptions/myths that may impact some relationships of people of color, identify at least two components from the social justice movement that may impact relationships, and identify at least two strategies for increasing the presence and retention of people of color within the field.

10:40 – Noon
Challenging Pathological Frames When Working with LGBTQ Youth


According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) LGBTQ people must confront stigma and prejudice based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. These mental health challenges are exacerbated by the fact that LGBTQ people still face unequal care due to a lack of training and/or understanding by health care providers who still do not always have up-to- date knowledge of the unique needs of the LGBTQ community or training on LGBT mental health issues. In addition, LGBT people report feeling stigmatized within the mental health system with many reporting having to hide their sexual orientation from those in the mental health system for fear of being ridiculed or rejected.

This presentation will help clinicians to gain a better understanding of the history of pathology in clinical approaches working with LGBTQ youth and their families through incorporating intersectionality, as an opportunity to promote social justice and equity. Clinicians will be introduced to the concept of social location to encourage conversations around privilege and oppression in the clinical room. Also, clinicians will explore ways to challenge those normative frames to provide a safe space and opportunities to encourage connectivity with LGBTQ youth and their families. Clinicians will examine two cases of LGBTQ youth and their families as ways of applying this framework in their own practice.

OBJECTIVES: Participants will learn about the socio political challenges LGBTQ youth currently face, about the concept of intersectionality and social location, and how to use intersectionality and social location with LGBTQ youth and their families.

1:00 – 2:20 PM
Maintaining Sexual Connection


Intentional (adj.) an action performed with awareness; done deliberately, consciously, on purpose. This definition doesn’t exactly express a passionate or romantic ideal of sex. Yet, the truth is that many couples lose those feelings of romance and desire as a relationship goes through its natural stages. Sex in long-term relationships often dwindles over time, leaving a void within the relationship. This void then gets filled with others. Others can be work, hobbies, kids, friends, drugs, and yes, even affairs! Though sex is a tie that binds, low and no sex relationships are one of the biggest complaints in couple’s sex therapy, leaving many couples feeling disconnected.

Intentional Sex (IS) is a program that inspires a mindful approach to intimacy within a relationship. Using techniques that the presenter has used with couples for almost 20 years, participants will learn how to help couples find new ways to create and maintain desire in their relationship. The many benefits Intentional Sex will be explored. Learning the technique of Cognitive Desire partners can reclaim feelings of intimacy they once had in the relationship. From the bottom up couples can work on reclaiming desire as a “natural” part of their relationship.

This workshop will walk participants through the basic components and benefits of IS, outline the fundamentals to stabilizing intimacy within the couple relationship, and offer a series of techniques that can be used with couples to help create a consciously positive experience of desire (and sex) immediately.

OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to explain why couples have a lose of intimacy in long term relationships, list at least three benefits to Intentional Sex, and define the basic tenets of Intentional Sex.

2:30 – 4:00 PM
Couples in Recovery from Compulsive Sexual Behavior: Rebuilding Relationships through Forgiveness, Exoneration and Reconciliation


The therapeutic work of Forgiveness, Exoneration and Reconciliation draws upon groundbreaking reconciliation models developed by social justice and peace psychologists working with survivors of mass violence including Rwanda, Darfur, the Holocaust, and families of murdered persons. Long after perpetrators are imprisoned, victims have difficulty recovering from the lived experience of profound trauma. Without intervention, victims become imprisoned in anger, rage, hatred, bitterness, and revenge fantasies, which become toxic and interfere with healing and healthy living. Forgiveness and peace-making dialogue facilitates the building of fair and trusting relationships, and, ultimately healing for the victim as well as the perpetrator.

Partners are traumatized by the discovery of compulsive sexual behavior and chronic infidelity and experience severe symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Healing involves releasing the need for justice through revenge, thus allowing for deep level forgiveness. Empathy, remorse, atonement and emotional restitution offered by the betrayer allow exoneration, which endeavors to "pardon" the betrayer of the offense itself. Reconciliation moves the relationship forward.

In the presentation participants will be educated to the criteria and identification of compulsive sexual behavior. Participants will learn about the trauma experience unique to partners of compulsive sexual behavior. Participants will learn the multi-level process of facilitating forgiveness, exoneration and reconciliation in couples recovering from compulsive sexual behavior. Participants will learn about the stages of forgiveness, understand exoneration through the lens of the contextual family therapy model, Gottman interventions, including dialogic methods of facilitating reconciliation.

OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to differentiate infidelity from compulsive sexual behavior in couples presenting for treatment, understand and gain tools to identify compulsive sexual behavior induced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, understand the forgiveness, exoneration and reconciliation model necessary for healing of the complications inherent in couples recovering from compulsive sexual behavior and partner trauma.

APA Approved Sponsor

“Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content.”

Council For Relationships

PA MFTs, Professional Counselors, and SWs are able to use the APA approval for their PA licensing board.

Conference Refund Policy

Refunds less a $10.00 administrative fee are offered until April 18, 2017. Please forward all requests to pamft2013@gmail.com. No credit for future programs is available.

Union League Dress Code/Cell Phone

  • No jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, and flip-flops.
  • Jackets must be worn in the non-conference areas
  • Cell phone use in conference rooms only-no hallways.

ADA Needs

Attendees, if you have a disability and need support services, please check the box when you register online or mail in. Please email pamft2013@gmail or we will contact you to determine your needs so that we can make advanced arrangements.

Registration is now closed!