Open Forums

Open forums are informal discussions among MFTs who share an interest in a topic.  The facilitator will encourage networking and sharing of ideas among those who participate.  Continuing education is not available for these discussion groups.

Friday, September 4, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

MFTs in Church-Affiliated Institutions

Claudia Grauf-Grounds

Unique challenges and opportunities arise when MFTs are trained in church-affiliated settings. Come to discuss, identify resources and network. 

MFT National Examination and Supervision for Licensure

Lois Paff Bergen

This forum provides an opportunity for candidates seeking an MFT state license to ask questions about MFT national examination and to engage in interactive discussion about standards to consider for supervisees and supervisors involved in post degree supervision leading to licensure. 

Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Trauma in the Family

Doug Smith and Jason Whiting

Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Trauma in the Family focuses on issues of abuse in clinical practice. This open conversation is an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from many regions toward an increased understanding of common challenges, solutions, and abuse and trauma healing resources. Topics generally include universal screening for intimate partner violence, innovations in trauma healing, systemic perspectives on abuse, working with people who behave abusively, and community-based prevention.

Saturday, September 5, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Queer Affirmative Caucus

Kristen E. Benson

The purpose of the Queer Affirmative Caucus is to provide an open and inclusive space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and allied AAMFT members and affiliates to challenge discrimination, advance affirmative research, and develop supportive and affirmative clinical work with LGBTQI clients. The Queer Affirmative Caucus meets annuals during the AAMFT conference, and corresponds using various social networking mediums throughout the year.

Accreditation Forum

COAMFTE-accredited programs and programs seeking accreditation are invited to join the Commission and the accreditation staff in a one-hour discussion on accreditation-related issues.


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