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Fall 2014 Family Therapy update

by Christi McGeorge, section chair

Greetings from the Family Therapy Section! The conference this year will be an exciting one as the Family Therapy Section celebrates its 75th anniversary. In honor of this major milestone, the Family Therapy Executive Committee is planning a special celebration during the section meeting. If you have photos or mementos from the section over the years and are willing to share them, please email me.

As part of our Family Therapy Section 75th Anniversary Celebration, there will be a networking activity that features past section chairs during the annual section meeting. This will be a wonderful time to connect with individuals that have shaped our section and the field. Additionally, we will recognize a second group of Family Therapy Section Legacy Scholars who will also participate in our networking event during the section meeting. The Family Therapy Section Legacy Scholars being honored this year are Drs. Jeff Larson, Volker Thomas, and Doug Sprenkle. I am very grateful to all of the section chairs and legacy scholars for their willingness to participate in this networking activity and share their wisdom with all of us. Please plan to attend the section meeting and celebration on Thursday, November 20, 7:45-9:15 p.m.

While the Family Therapy Section meeting is going to be very exciting, there will also be many wonderful sessions to attend at the conference. For instance, the Section is sponsoring a Special Session by Dr. Sandra Stith, a Family Therapy Legacy Scholar, entitled "Moving Beyond Ideology: My Journey Toward a Third Wave Intersectional Perspective of Intimate Partner Violence." The presentation will be held Thursday, November 20, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

This year, we are also sponsoring a Family Therapy Round Table Symposium (the first of its kind). This session is Friday, November 21, from 2:45 to 4:00 p.m., and will involve eight round tables focused on a diverse array of topics. This will be a great time for us to gather as a section to learn about cutting-edge approaches to family therapy and contemporary issues facing the field. The presentations and scholars that will be involved in this round table symposium are:

  • It's Not Fair: Using Contextual Therapy with Families Facing Health Issues. Alexandra Schmidt, D. Scott Sibley
  • Family Adaptive Systems: The Next Wave of Family Resilience. Carolyn Henry, Amanda Harrist, Amanda Sheffield Morris
  • Coparenting Through Divorce: Key Factors and Best Practices for Creating Change. Matthew Brosi, Ronald Cox, Timothy Welch
  • Family Financial Strain: Free Tools and Strategies for MFTs and FLEs. Bryce Jorgensen, Damon Rappleyea, Clinton Gudmunson, Tim Griesdorn, Alan Taylor
  • Changing Perspectives in Acculturation: Effective Therapy Practice with Immigrant Populations. Bertranna Abrams, Jessica Chou, Hoa Nguyen
  • Commitment in Mixed-Orientation Relationships. Kevin Zimmerman, Christian Jordal, Lisa Schwartz
  • Whistle Blowers: A Systemic Understanding of Sexual Harassment. Jody Russon, Renata Carneiro
  • Professors of Asian Heritage: Our Stories in Couple and Family Therapy Field. Hao-Min Chen, Karen Quek, Liang-Ying Chou, Alex Hsieh, Hye-Sun Ro

I look forward to seeing you in Baltimore for what will be a truly outstanding conference and celebration of the section's 75th anniversary!