The 2021 Conference Workshops were selected by the TAMFT Education Committee and volunteer TAMFT member reviewers. Most conference sessions will be presented live, virtually through Zoom. Some conference workshops may be recorded and broadcast with Q&A time. Descriptions of each workshop are listed below; a detailed schedule with presentation times will be available soon.

Please note, all conference registrants receive recorded access to ALL conference sessions until May 6, 2021.

Apply Narrative Therapy With Minority Populations
This study starts with providing an overview of the theory and foundation of narrative therapy, working with racial marginalized population in treatment, and the foundation and treatment approach of addiction recovery. The session will explore the barriers and challenges of minority populations in addiction treatment, including more negative consequences, delay accessing treatment, higher drop-off rate, and a higher percentage of relapse. (Pre-recorded with live chat and Q&A)
Yi-Hsin Hung, M.S. LMFT-I, A'Lyric Miles, M.S., and Kristian Villalovos, M.A. LMFT, Texas Tech University

Confronting Unintended Racism in the Therapist
Implicit bias and unacknowledged assumptions can and do exist in everyone. By properly confronting and addressing personal bias, therapists can better respect and serve clients different from themselves. This session will provide tools and education for therapists to better address their internal biases, unintended racism, and differences between cultures. (Live session)
Jason Martin, Ph.D., LMFT-S, LPC-S, and Bailey Brown, BA, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 

Deliberately Practicing Cultural Sensitivity
Despite outcome data suggesting that clients benefit from treatment regardless of race, therapists vary widely in their ability to effectively treat racial and ethnic minorities (REM).  This workshop will discuss the need for integrating deliberate practice routines into clinical work to combat outcome disparities with REM. (Live session)
Adam Jones, Ph.D., and Holly Eddy, MS, Texas Woman’s University

Ethnocultural Factors in Supervision
Ethnocultural differences between trainee and supervisor can play a significant role during supervision. Failure to address these concerns can adversely affect the supervisory alliance, therapy process, and the overall education of the supervisee. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the influence of ethnocultural factors in the supervision process. (Pre-recorded session with live chat and Q&A)
Violeta Kadieva, Ph.D., LMFT-S, Jeremy Pierce, LPC-S, LMFT-S, and Artaya Brown, Texas Wesleyan University

Fostering Cultural Humility in Supervision
Clinical supervisors carry significant responsibility as they guide their supervisees’ development. Confronting the uncomfortable in supervision involves intentional dialogue on topics including race, culture, and identity of supervisee/supervisor as well as the clients they serve. The role of power, privilege, and biases as relevant to supervision processes will be discussed. (Live session)
Layla Z. Scott, Ph.D., LMFT-S, CFLE 

Good Moms Go to Jail Too
In this session, MFT professionals will learn about the unique challenges of providing therapy and advocating for incarcerated mothers in Texas. Findings from this qualitative study of mothers and daughters indicates demonstrates how MFT can use family-based interventions in prisons to support populations impacted by maternal incarceration. (Live session)
Allison Tomlinson, Ph.D., LCSW-S, The University of Texas at Arlington

Honoring the Resilience of Immigrant Families
A study conducted in multiculturally competent solution focused therapy (SFT) aiming to better serve the non-English speaking immigrant community in North Texas will be discussed by the researcher. Eleven multicultural principles for partnering with immigrants and their practical application will be discussed and demonstrated. (Live session)
Marilu Romero, Ph.D., LMFT

Individual and Relational Healing From Infidelity
How do individuals and couples heal from infidelity? In this session, two new grounded theories of healing from infidelity will be presented. Data collected from individuals and couples were analyzed to develop grounded theories of the healing process for both individual and couples. Clinical and contextual implications will be discussed. (Live session)
Stephen Fife, Ph.D., Alex Theobald, LMFT-Associate, Jacob Gossner, Emma Allen, Jordan Harrell, Heather Koehl, Ariana Rivero, Kelsey White, and Britney Yakum, Texas Tech University

Intersectionality for LGBTQ+ and Black Individuals
This presentation will present a review of the literature in the intersectionality of LGBTQ+ and Black individuals. After which the presenters will describe how providers can use an SFBT lens to approach treatment for these populations. Listen, select, build will be highlighted and practiced through the workshop. (Pre-recorded session with live chat and Q&A)
Valerie Handley, Ph.D., LMFT-A, Lamar University, and Megan Story Chavez, Ph.D., LAMFT 

Justice: How Technology Can Help
2020 started off by teaching us dramatic lessons about increasing our technological flexibility. This primed us for the mid-year calls to action for social justice in our country. This presentation is a review of ideas using these lessons to continue to expand our flexibility in our journey towards social justice. (Live session)
Stephanie Zepeda, Ph.D., LMFT-S, Our Lady of the Lake University, Tushanna Price, LMFT, Houston Galveston Institute & Private Practice, and Adriana Gil-Wilkerson, LMFT-S, Houston Galveston Institute & Our Lady of the Lake University 

A Latinx Collaborative: Breaking Barriers
Breakdown the stigma of mental health as it relates to the Latinx community. Learn how to support the Latinx community or those around us that struggle with mental illnesses and generate cultural competency for individuals working with the Latinx population. Increase familiarity on specific issues and strategies to engage the community. (Live session)
Susana Lewandowski, LMFT, and Erica Toskovich, LMFT, Easter Seals of Greater Houston 

LGBTQIA Interactions With Healthcare Systems
There have been strong improvements to affirmative care for sexual and gender minority clients across healthcare systems. Research shows, however, that SGM clients still experience discrimination before even entering the heath care center. Through the lens of minority stress theory, this study uses a constructivist grounded theory methodology to better understand the interactions of sexual and gender minority respondents with healthcare systems. This session includes a discussion and a way forward for practitioners to create an affirmative space for sexual and gender minority clients. (Pre-recorded session with live chat and Q&A)
Benjamin Finlayson, M.S., LMFTC, Shelby Sewell, M.S., LMFT-A, and Alexander Sisemore, B.A., Texas Tech University

Metatheory & Ethics: From Cynicism to Sincerity
This presentation will guide participants through an exploration of 3rd order change as evidenced in the emergence of new theories, and their application to persisting systemic pathologies (i.e., systemic racism). Participants will practice techniques for integrating these metatheoretical skills into self-of-therapist work, ethics, and use in clinical practice. (Live session)
Candace Runaas, LMFT-S, Private Practice, Skeetz Edinger, LMFT-Associate, Skeetz Edinger Family Therapy, and Stephanie Zepeda, Ph.D., LMFT-S, Our Lady of the Lake University

Mixed-Legal Status Families After DACA
Presenters will discuss original qualitative research exploring the perspective of DREAMers, undocumented adults raised in the US. Presenters will discuss themes concerning how DREAMers perceived the impact of legislations (i.e., DREAM Act, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) on family dynamics changed through increased opportunities and resources. (Pre-recorded session with live chat and Q&A)
Joanna Mendez-Pounds, Ph.D., LMFT, Eric Prato, BA, and Kaelyn Pate, BA, Abilene Christian University 

Parentification & Cultural Implications
This workshop will explore parentification in adulthood within the context of ethnic and racial diversities, socioeconomic status, and cultures. Moreover, this workshop will delve into the multifaceted dynamics concerning parentification from a multicultural lens, the impact of parentification on forming healthy adult relationships, and approaches to care. (Live session)
Valerie Kuykendall-Rogers, LPC-S, Ascent Psychotherapy Center, and Aisha Davis, LPC Associate, Brehm Psychotherapy 

Play Therapy Online: Teletherapy With Children
MFTs are often weary of seeing children individually or integrating them into family work. The recent move to telehealth services has created additional barriers to children receiving effective care. This workshop will introduce basic play therapy concepts and provide tangible skills for clinicians to use with children over telehealth platforms. (Pre-recorded session with live chat and Q&A)
Emily Janes, M.S., and Heather Koehl, M.S., Texas Tech University   

Respect-Focused Therapy With Marginalized Clients
Respect-Focused Therapy is a unique approach to therapy in which the primary agent for change is respect both in terms of the therapeutic relationship with clients and the process itself. This approach is particularly useful with marginalized clients because they are typically most denied of respect in their daily lives. (Live session)
Susanne Slay-Westbrook, LMFT-S, LPC-S, A World of Respect

Teaching Diversity
Unsure how to get students to think critically about diversity? Learn multiple experiential activities that invite interaction with unfamiliar cultures, engage self-reflection, and enable students to put themselves in the shoes of the other. (Live session)
Lisa Merchant, Ph.D., LMFT, and Joanna Mendez-Pounds, Ph.D., LMFT, Abilene Christian University

Teletherapy in 2021 - Pandemic Updates
This session will provide the required 2-hour refresher for LMFTs who are practicing telehealth. (Pre-recorded session with live chat)
Russ Bartee, Ph.D., LMFT-S, BC-TMH, Texas Wesleyan University

TSBEMFT Rule Update
It has been a busy year for rule changes! Fingerprinting, sex trafficking and telehealth training, and reduced hours requirements are just a few.  Come learn about these changes, common rule violations, the transition to BHEC, and more in this TSBEMFT rules update and review. (Live session)
Lisa Merchant, Ph.D., LMFT, and Kenneth Bateman, Ed.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S, TSBEMFT   

Working With Cross-Dressing, Cisgendered Males
Cisgendered, crossdressing males is a topic that is not discussed and rarely researched. This workshop will seek to provide insight and information on this little-known topic by providing research data as well as personal counseling experiences to effect positive treatment outcomes. (Live session)
Valerie Kuykendall-Rogers, LPC-S, Ascent Psychotherapy Center and Aisha Davis, LPC Associate, Brehm Psychotherapy