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Medical Family Therapy Professional Training Seminars

Build your skills and increase your knowledge with our convenient, one-day seminars. Register online in three easy steps. It’s convenient, easy, safe, secure, and should take you just a couple of minutes to complete. Please provide all the applicable information requested. If you have any questions, please direct them to the Medical Family Therapy Program at (206) 281-2762 or

Collaboration Between Therapist and Physician

September 28, 2012, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Review the core concepts needed for psychotherapists to collaborate successfully with physicians. Topics covered will include the brief history of medicine; the new paradigm emerging in medicine; primary care vs. specialty care; continuity of care; core skills in collaboration; review of models of best practice; complex cases and high medical utilization; and the medical home.


Motivational Interviewing for Patient and Family Health


November 2, 2012, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

What is the impact of harmful health behaviors on health and wellness? This seminar reviews the need for psychosocial providers who can work with physicians to help patients as they make a significant lifestyle change. Topics will cover the U.S. statistics for diseases caused largely by lifestyle; the frustration of physicians who have time only for medical mandates; how to assess the motivation of patients and families to change; and motivational interviewing techniques used in both medicine and psychotherapeutic environs.


Interviewing for Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Care


November 30, 2012, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

What is the nature of the therapeutic interview versus the biomedical interview? We will cover various areas of import for therapists who wish to work successfully with physicians in service of their clients dealing with illness, including how to understand physician training, focus, and language; evidenced-based practice; outcome-based practice; levels of collaboration - what is needed and when; and patient-centered care protocols for collaboration and medical consultations.



PillsJanuary 11, 2013, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Get the latest information in psychotropic medication used for the treatment of depression, anxiety, bi-polar, attention deficit, and some mental illnesses with psychotic features. The seminar will also cover what psychotherapists need to understand about how these medications alter brain function and their common side effects.


Family Therapy Tools for Treating Medical Illnesses

Child DoctorFebruary 1, 2013, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

This seminar covers the most prevalent types of illnesses in children and adults, with a focus on their impact on the patient and family. Topics will include types of illness from a psychosocial perspective; family life-cycle implications; family structure implications; childhood diabetes and cancer; breast and prostate cancer; chronic progressive illness such as multiple sclerosis; and chronic pain.


Brain-Savvy Therapist

BrainMarch 1, 2013, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Review the latest information in brain science as it relates to psychotherapy. Learn about the basics in brain physiology and neurobiology; how to use the understanding of brain science to facilitate interventions with clients and families; treatment ideas; case reviews; and why therapists need to understand how a brain learns, changes, and functions.


Marketing Your Practice to Physicians

StethescopeApril 12, 2013, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

What is the best way to present and market your services to a physician? We'll cover various topics, including how to identify differing areas of medicine; cultural differences in medicine to be considered before approaching a physician; what medical family therapy covers that is not represented in other behavioral science fields; strategic connections in specialty and primary care; insurance obstacles and bridges; and the development of marketing products.


Spirituality and Health

RocksMay 3, 2013, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Explore research regarding spirituality and health that encourages a biopsychosocial-spiritual paradigm of health care practice. We'll examine the effects of prayer, meditation and other spiritual practices, and spiritual communities/professionals within the contexts of health and longevity outcomes, mental health, stress-related diseases, substance abuse, and the management of chronic illnesses. Ethical and culturally sensitive interventions will be highlighted.

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