2023 Annual Conference: 20 Hours

Rebuilding and Rejuvenating: Ours & Others 

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**Conference schedule UPDATED due to changes in speakers. 

***CEU approval has been given for LAMFT for 20 hours total (3 hrs of ethics, 3 hrs of diagnosis, 1.5 hrs of supervision, 1.5 hrs of tele-health)
***CEU approval has been given for LCA for 20 hours total (3 hrs of ethics, 3 hrs of diagnosis, 1.5 hrs of supervision, 1.5 hrs of tele-health)
***CEU approval has been given for NASW-LA for 15.5 hours total (3 hrs of ethics, 3 hrs of diagnosis, 6 hrs of clinical)

Thursday: 3/23/23 

12:00-1:30 PM     Welcome to conference, Government Update
*** 1.5 Hour General approved by LAMFT & LCA

Speakers: Jennifer Rush, LMFT-SC, LPC; Howie Brownell, LMFT-S; Eric Sunstrom

Welcome to the conference, along with providing updates on sessions and presenting ideas for the development of the profession and professional for the year 2023. This section will provide insight to things going on with Legislation. Information will provide on the changes changing that could come to affect State law.


  1. Discussion of changes with the LPC compact and providing insight to upcoming actions needed to support movement with LMFTs.
  2. Provide information on how best to contact your LPC/LMFT lobbyist.
  3. Updates on LPC compact and how this could be used by LMFTs.

1:45-3:45 PM           Secondary and Vicarious Trauma
*** 2.0 Hour General approved by LAMFT & LCA & NASW-LA

CENTER SOUTH: Haley Wiley, M.A., LPC

Secondary and Vicarious Trauma are important aspects to be aware of. This presentation will address learning about trauma, burnout, compassion fatigue, moral distress, and trauma and the brain. It will go over the cause, signs and symptoms, and vulnerability factors for each topic. Along, with discussion solutions for treatment with perceived support and assessment tools.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss secondary and vicarious trauma and learn the signs and symptoms.
  2. Participants will learn how to be aware of vulnerability factors and what to look out for.
  3. Participants will be given tools for solutions with treatment and learn how to identify support options.

4:00-5:30 PM      MFTAC Board Update
*** 1.5 Hour General approved by LAMFT & LCA

– Kelly Tyner, PhD, LMFT-S; Ron Cathy, LMFT-S, LPC-S; Jamie Doming, MBA

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about changes in regulatory procedures.
  2. Participants will be able to understand how proposed changes may impact clinical practice.
  3. Participants will discuss current issues at the state level.


Friday: 3/24/23   

Title: "The Who, What, Where, and How of Sex Trafficking."
*** 3.0 Hour General approved by LAMFT & LCA & SW

CENTER SOUTH: Katie Guinn, Ph.D., LPC-S; Haley Wiley, M.A., LPC

This training will cover what sex trafficking is, how it has changed, what it looks like, where it takes place, and what you can do to help prevent it. We will cover local and national statistics, go through specifics on cybersex trafficking, and how social media has influenced this population.

Objective: We will examine a systemic perspective of identifying victims, how the grooming process starts and is maintained by the victim’s system, the socioeconomic impact of sex trafficking, and how social media is impacting all of these factors.

11:00-11:30am         LUNCH

11:30am-2:30pm      Hippocrates Revisited: ETHICS
*** 3.0 Hour ETHICS approved by LAMFT & LCA & SW

Tom Moore, MA, M.MFT, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Exploring Emerging Ethical Imperatives With the ancient wisdom of the parent of all ethical thought as his guide, the presenter will propose a cybernetic model for examining the recursive relationship between ethical principle, our collective identity as mental health professionals, and the legal framework that governs professional practice. This model will then be used as a springboard for identifying emerging ethical imperatives that find imminent relevance to post-modern society and to the clients we serve.

Learning Objectives Participants will:

  1. Explore the development of a cybernetic model to describe the co-evolution of the constructs of ethics, professional identity, law, and professional technocracy.
    2. Utilize this model to identify emerging ethical imperatives that demonstrate “imminent relevance” to the post-modern client.
    3. Explore the importance of maintaining “imminent relevance” as a profession and as practitioners; and the potential cost to our clients, ourselves, and our profession of not doing so.


2:45-4:15PM       Assessment, Diagnosing, and Treatment of PTSD
*** 1.5 Hour Diagnosis approved by LAMFT & LCA & NASW-LA (Clinical hrs)

Christian J. Dean, Ph.D., LPS-S, LMFT-S

Abstract: This presentation will explore systemic factors associated with PTSD assessments and conceptualization along with treatment planning recommendations, and interventions.

Educational Objectives:

  • Participants will learn to use appraisal instruments and systemic factors to help in the diagnosing of PTSD.
  • Participants will learn to differentiate other mental health disorders from PTSD.
  • Participants will learn to develop and identify treatment plans and interventions to help clients diagnosed with PTSD.


Saturday: 3/25/23   

8:00-9:30 am     Family Social Services
*** 1.5 Hour General approved by LAMFT & LCA & SW.

Anna Mercante- LCSW

Understanding the system outside the family can sometimes be a hard road to walk. Education on resources available and how to educate the family on how to use them can support the whole family. Resources provided will provide counselors/therapists with the ability to provide resources that will help our clients think outside the box when they feel like they are stuck in one.

Objectives: Education professionals on resources available to the family system. Provide awareness on how to discuss using services in a healthy manner that decreases fear of stigmatism. Educate providers on to grow resource network to assist in providing best care options to clients.

9:45—11:15AM     Counseling Couples using Teletherapy
*** 1.5 Hour Tele-health approved by LAMFT & LCA & NASW-LA (Clinical hrs)

Matt Morris, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Counseling couples is hard enough in person, but how does it work in a teletherapy environment?  Together we’ll explore the best practices for counseling couples virtually using teletherapy tools, while creating therapeutic moments of meaningful connection (1.5hours teletherapy)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain a better understanding of how their technology can be set up for counseling couples using teletherapy.
  2. Participants will learn ways in which their version of couples therapy can be adapted to the teletherapy environment.
  3. Participants will increase their understanding of the advantages of the modality of teletherapy for counseling couples

11:15-11:45am          LUNCH

11:45-1:15 PM     MFTAC Supervision
*** 1.5 Hour Supervision approved by LAMFT & LCA

Foley Nash LPC-S LMFT-BAS, Kelly Tyner LMFT-S, Abby Barthel LMFT, Mark Reynaud, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Supervisor candidates, supervisors & supervisors of supervision are required to complete 3 CEUs annually of supervisor training. This course satisfies/meets that requirement.

  1. an orientation of the LPC/LMFT Supervision rules.
  2. A review of the MFT Supervision Handbook.
  3. An explanation of the academic requirements for LPC/LMFT licenses and requirements of the registration and supervision of PLPCS and PLMFTs
  4. A description of the necessary qualifications and responsibilities of the Board-Approved Supervisor and Registered Supervisor Candidate (LMFT-SC)
  5. A description of the ethical responsibilities in the supervisor/supervisee

1:30-3:00 PM     Diagnosis in Play therapy
*** 1.5 Hour Diagnosis approved by LAMFT & LCA & NASW-LA (Clinical hrs)

Amanda Monroe, LPC

Through this session you will learn anxiety assessments that can be used, signs and symptoms to look for in children and contributing factors to anxiety in children.  You will gain insight on what resources can best be used for clinicians, caregivers, and teachers.

Helping Children Cope with Anxiety


2) signs and symptoms

3)contributing factors

4)resources for families/teachers/clinicians

3:15-4:45 PM     Assisting with Processing Emotional Intelligence/ Conference Closing
*** 1.5 Hour General approved by LAMFT & LCA & NASW-LA (Clinical hrs)

Jennifer Rush, LPC-S, LMFT-SC

Ever had to work with an individual, family, or couple that had difficulties with noticing, naming, and processing emotions. This webinar will go into learning how emotional intelligence works and activities to bring to your clients to assist their emotional development.

Objectives: Education on what is emotional intelligence and how it comes to affect individuals and the family system. Educate on how to work with individual on identifying emotional areas of development. Provide take home activities for professional to try with increasing the EI of the clients.

***Last few minutes will be to Close out the conference