Friday, October 20, 2017
Brightside for Families and Children
Providence Behavioral Health Hospital
1233 Main Street
Cost: $30 for MAMFT members, $40 for non-members; $15 for MAMFT student members; $25 for student non-members
In-home therapy provides all families in Massachusetts with quality in-home counseling services. Mental health agencies and insurance companies, such as MassHealth, are increasingly involving in-home models in their treatment options.
Children up to the age of 21 are often the identified clients in these families. Children in low-income families, the most common recipients of in-home therapy, are more likely to struggle with symptoms of anxiety and depression than their peers in middle and upper-income families. Children often walk through the front door into a house of chaotic interaction patterns, parents with high levels of anxiety and other, more severe mental health issues, and social stressors that often accompany poverty, such as unemployment, substance use, and incarceration.
In-home therapists are often our newest therapists, who make their initial counseling experiences with our state’s most at-risk families. Never mind that many in-home therapists lack understanding and practice of systemic therapy models that can help perturb and restructure unproductive family systems. In-home therapists struggle with their own anxieties: What chaos will they find when they walk through the front door?
The 2017 In-Home Family Therapy Conference features two tracks–one for in-home therapists and one for supervisors of in-home therapists. Each track will have a morning and an afternoon presentation.
The in-home therapy track will be hosted by Dr. Connie Flieger of Jewish Family and Children Services., who will speak in the morning on social competency and providing quality work for tweens and teens in families, and Howard Wolfe, LMFT, who will discuss the difference between behavior and mis-behavior in children and the systemic implications of child mis-behavior.
The supervision track will be directed by Maria Zygmont, LMFT, program director at Brightside for Families and Children in Springfield, and Jeremiah Gibson, LMFT, president of MAMFT. Maria and Jeremiah will facilitate a conversation about incorporating systems modalities, such as multigenerational, structural, and narrative, into supervising in-home family therapists. She will also provide awareness to self-of-therapist issues, including cultural and sociological factors.
This event is co-sponsored by Therapy Training Boston. 6 CEU credits for LMFTs are provided by MAMFT. 6 CEUs for LMHCs are provided through the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association. 6 CEUs for social workers and psychologists are provided by TTB through Commonwealth Educational Seminars.