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2019 Schedule

Daily Conference Schedule

Registration/Check-in: 12:30-1:00
Registration/Check-in: 8:00-8:30

Afternoon Sessions: 1:00-4:00

Session 1: 8:30-9:55

Registration/Check-in: 8:00-8:30         

Session 2: 10:05-11:30

Morning Session: 8:30-11:30

Luncheon: 11:30-12:30

Luncheon: 11:30-12:30

Student Poster Presentations: 12:30-1:00

Afternoon Session: 12:30-3:30

Session 3: 1:00-2:25

Networking Event: 4:00-7:00

Session 4: 2:35-4:00

Thursday, April 4 (Choose from 2 afternoon-only workshops):
Foundations of EFT: Working with Emotion to Strengthen Attachment Bonds (Joshua Marder, LMFT)
Sex Therapy 101(Karen Washington, LMFT and Jo Flannery ALMFT)

Keynote Speaker Friday, April 5 (all day):
Angela Skurtu, M.Ed., LMFT 
Helping Couples and Families Overcome Infidelity
Saturday, April 6 – Workshop Choices:
Select from 16 morning and afternoon breakout workshops


Thursday Intensive Session 1

Foundations of Emotionally Focused Therapy:  Working with Emotion to Strengthen Attachment Bonds
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) provides a framework of understanding and working with couples in therapy.  Couples therapy is a discipline that requires a unique set of skills.  The EFT model takes from the Humanistic, Systemic, and Attachment based approaches and trains a therapist how to restructure the couples emotional experience of each other.  This includes helping couples reach de-escalation, withdrawer reengagement, and pursuer softening.

In this workshop, we will explore the foundations and applications of EFT.  There will be some breakout sessions for people to apply some of what they’re learning.  And we will discuss the challenges of working with couples, required paradigm shifts on how to view the client in order to help them, and how to bring EFT concepts into your practice. 

Joshua MarderJoshua Marder, M.A., LMFT, ICEEFT Certified EFT Therapist, serves as a board member of the Chicago Center of Emotionally Focused Therapy and runs the monthly North Shore EFT Peer Consultation Group.  He has a private practice in Lincolnwood, where he works primarily with couples.  Josh offers couples workshops and therapist trainings periodically in the Chicago area (see www.holdmetightchicago.com for the next couples workshop, with CEs for therapists), and is known and sought for couples and family therapy and supervision in the Chicago area.

Thursday Intensive Session 2

Sex Therapy 101
Do you see couples in your therapy practice? Do you or your clients want to discuss sex, but aren’t sure how to bring it up? Let’s talk about sex! Joanne Flannery and Karen Washington are two local experts in doing just that: discussing sex. Please join them for an intensive conference session where they will go into detail in how to discuss sex, what to look for when conceptualizing potential sexual issues, and resources for treatment/treatment options.

Joanne FlanneryJoanne Flannery is a clinical sexologist and couple and family therapist. She is the co-founder of Sexology International, an online platform used to disseminate modern and relevant sex and relationship information. Jo is currently seeing clients at Chicago Psych Therapy Group where she practices sex therapy specializing in sexual desire discrepancy and intimacy.

Karen WashingtonKaren Washington is an LMFT with a specialty in sex therapy in private practice at Relationship Reality 312 in Chicago, where she helps adults define and achieve the sex life they want. Karen is also an adjunct professor at Adler University in the Couple and Family Therapy department, where she created curriculum for a sex therapy elective for masters and doctoral students. Karen is also pursuing a second masters and doctorate in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Her current research is focusing on communication styles in nonmonogamous relationships.