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MFT & Me: The Self of the Family Therapist

Likely, as a family therapist you have received many different messages about the use of your self in therapeutic encounters. In this presentation, we will discuss some of the (often conflicting) messages we hear about the self and what it means to bring one’s self into the therapeutic milieu. We will also explore the ethical implications for the use of self in family therapy as well as the potential pitfalls of doing so. That said, we will spend the bulk of our time unpacking how we may make use of our selves in the context of marriage and family therapy, identifying parts of our own stories that may keep us from using our selves well, and experimenting with ways we can find greater freedom to be real, live humans in our encounters with clients. The presentation will conclude with a time of question and response.

Jake Johnson, PhD, LMFT

Jake JohnsonDr. Johnson is an assistant professor of marriage and family therapy at Wheaton College. His scholarly work has been published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Contemporary Family Therapy, and the Journal of Family Psychotherapy, and he has presented on MFT-related topics to both domestic and international audiences. He currently serves as the Secretary of the International Family Therapy Association's board of directors and is a former member of the IAMFT board of directors (2015-2018). Jake also maintains a small private practice in the Chicago suburbs where he resides with his wife and four young boys.


Couples and Addiction Recovery

Statistics show that 1 in 10 people who come to therapy have an addictive disorder, yet only 10% receive treatment.  Many approaches do not provide treatments that address or account for the relationship between the person with an addiction and their partner.  In this presentation you will receive more information on how to treat addiction systemically and help couples recover well.

Jenna Fahey, MA, LMFT, LCPC

Jenna FaheyJenna Fahey is a psychotherapist at Skylight Counseling Center in Evanston. Jenna works with couples and individuals with a variety of issues including substance abuse and codepency.