Don't miss out on these special educational and networking events

AAMFT14 has even more free networking and ticketed continuing education events you can add to your registration to maximize your conference experience. Space for some events is limited so, when registering please be sure to indicate if you wish to attend.
  • First Time Attendee Orientation (Thursday, September 3; 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.): FREE

    Calling all first time attendees - join us for this orientation designed just for you! Find out everything you need to know to make the most of your Annual Conference experience and meet and network with other first time attendees.
  • Exhibit Hall Grand Opening (Thursday, September 3; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.): FREE

    Join fellow conference participants to kick-off AAMFT15 with fun, prizes and complimentary refreshments as we officially open the exhibit hall. This year's hall features great publications, excellent resources and must-have products. Meet representatives from MFT programs and universities. And don't forget to stop by the AAMFT Learning Booth for information and tools to help you continue your education after AAMFT15!
  • AAMFT Showcase – A Spotlight on Divisions and COAMFTE Accredited Programs (Thursday, September 3; 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.): FREE

    Meet with division leaders to discuss the latest news and information regarding your home state or province, and find out how you can get more involved. Also, visit with representatives from COAMFTE accredited and candidacy status MFT programs to learn more about educational opportunities they offer.
  • Yoga (Friday, September 4; 7:00 – 7:45 a.m.): FREE 

    Begin your day with an invigorating and contemplative morning yoga session.
  • Research Discussions (Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5)

    Hear from poster presenters on the latest research in our field. The posters, selected for their innovation and potential impact on the profession and policy decision makers, highlight the wonderful work being done to demonstrate marriage and family therapy as a viable treatment option on a macro-systemic level. Earn 1 hour of continuing education credit for each session attended. 

  • Session 1: Friday 7:15 – 8:15 a.m.
    Session 2: Friday 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.
    Session 3: Saturday 7:15 – 8:15 a.m. 
    Session 4: Saturday 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
    Session 5: Saturday 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    Friday's featured posters:
    Discussion area 1:                    
    Meaning in Illness, Medical Concerns, and Care of Cancer Survivors                                                                                    
    Patterns in Eating Disorder Treatment Across the Lifespan                                                                            
    Discussion area 2:
    Evidence Base on Behavioral Treatments for Adolescent Substance Use                        
    Discussion area 3:
    Growth Trajectories of Delinquency Among Minority Youth                      
    Childhood Exposure to Violence: a Meta-Analysis                     
    Saturday's featured posters:
    Discussion area 1:
    Four Group SEM Comparing Differences Among Military Wives                           
    Discussion area 2:
    Attachment Style and Behaviors Predict Marital Problems                      
    Personality Predictors of Marital Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis                      
    Discussion area 3:
    The Impact of Technology on Face-to-Face Communication                      
    Cost Effectiveness of Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Adults                     
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy Networking Luncheon (Friday, October 17; 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.): $38

    Enjoy, eat, and enthuse in the revelry of AAMFT's Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) Networking Luncheon. Generations of SFBT's have contributed to this model's integration into a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical settings. Hear our keynote speakers share inside stories about those contributing and advancing what may be the last of the public domain models. Earn 1.5 hours of continuing education for attending.
  • Discussion Groups: FREE

  •  Join us in the exhibit hall for these discussions and network with attendees with similar interests. Maximize your time and purchase a box lunch during registration to enjoy while participating. 

    featured discussion groups:
    Discussion area 1: MFT Regulatory Board
    Friday's featured discussion groups:
    Discussion area 1: LGBTQ
    Discussion area 2: Approved Supervision Program
    Saturday's featured discussion groups:
    Discussion area 1: Ethics
    Discussion area 2: Minority Fellowship Program
  • Fun Night – Let's Get Weird (Friday, September 4; 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.): FREE

    What would a weekend in Austin be if we didn’t get a little weird? The “live music capitol of the world,” home of the Texas Longhorns, and indie lifestyles mixed with classic Texas culture are just a few elements that lend to our host city’s eccentric vibe. Join us for a laid-back night of fun, food, and karaoke as we celebrate the spirit of Austin! Embody this in your outfit—dress like a cowpoke, the musician you’ve always dreamed of becoming, the ultimate football fan, and everything in between for our annual costume contest! Prizes to be awarded.
  • Meet and Greet with Patrick J. Kennedy (Saturday, October 18; 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.): $50

    Join us for a reception with former congressional representative Patrick J. Kennedy to discuss the issues raised in his keynote presentation, take photos, and network with one of the leading behavioral health policy advocates in the country today. Light refreshments will be served. Proceeds benefit the AAMFT Research and Education Foundation.
  • Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Social Hour (Saturday, September 5; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.): FREE

    This event will bring together Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellows from across the country along with mentors, advisory committee members, and program directors. The MFP seeks to increase the level of culturally competent doctoral level marriage and family therapists who provide mental health and substance abuse services to undeserved and minority populations. Attendees interested in research, training and practice in these areas are welcome to join us. For more information on this event, please contact

  • Annual Business Meeting (Saturday, September 5; 10:30 a.m – 12:15 p.m.): FREE; AAMFT membership only

    Because AAMFT is YOUR organization, we invite members to attend the 2015 Annual Business Meeting and dialogue with the Association’s leadership. We’ll discuss the accomplishments of 2014, future changes and their impact on you, financial benchmarks, and Association news. Freely ask questions and express concerns related to business planning as we continue to focus on relevancy, innovation, and communication. Last year’s meeting was dynamic and engaging to members of all levels, as everyone is welcome to freely ask questions and express concerns relating to business planning. Join the conversation! Event is open to AAMFT membership only.

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