2012 Marriage and Family Therapy Conference
September 6-7

Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackon, MS
Approved for 12 CEUs, including 4 Ethics CEUs, through the MBOE for LMFTs



7:45 - 8:15         Registration
8:20 - 8:30         Welcome and Opening Address
            Contemporary Ethical Issues on Christian Marriage and Family Therapy
8:30 - 10:00       Bill Richardson, Ph.D.
10:00 - 10:15     Break
10:20 - 11:50     Bill Richardson (cont’d)
11:50 - 1:15       Lunch : Patterson’s Porch
           Brain Science, Biblical Studies and Relational Therapeutic Process
1:15 - 2:45         James Hurley, PhD
2:45 - 3:00         Break
3:00 - 4:45         James Hurley (cont’d)

8:30                   Introduction
          The Treatment of Sexual Addiction
8:35 - 10:00       Mark Laaser, PhD,
10:00 - 10:15     Break
10:20 - 11:50     Mark Laaser-(cont’d)
11:50 - 1:00       Lunch (Patterson’s Porch)
1:15 - 2:45         Mark Laaser-(cont’d)
2:45 - 3:00         Break
3:00 - 4:45         Mark Laaser-(cont’d)
4:45                   Closing

Session Descriptions:

Dr. Mark Laaser, Ph. D
The Treatment of Sexual Addiction
Total CEUs: 6  Ethics CEUs: 1
In this session,  Dr. Laaser will present the etiology and definition of sexual addiction—this will include a discussion of the relationship of addiction to a theology of original sin.  The session will also include how to properly assess the condition and how it relates to other mental health diagnosis and a more recent understanding of attachment theory of neuroscience.  Dr. Laaser will discuss the treatment of sexual addiction as a multi-factored plan and structuring effective treatment plans.  The core of this plan is spiritual and the other four main factors are physical, emotional, relational, and behavioral interventions.

William Richardson, PhD, LMFT (Bio)
The Ethical use of Intrapsychic Interventions in Systemic Marriage and Family Therapy
Total CEUs: 3  Ethics CEUs: 3
The focus of this session will be the unique ethical implications of conducting MFT while incorporating an intra-psychic, systemic treatment model developed by Richard Schwartz, Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFST).  This session will include therapist training and competence issues in the use of IFST and other approaches new to a practitioner.  It will also include issues involving the integration of individual treatment with contextual multi-person treatment such as whom to convene and when, confidentiality, and the “good” of the system vs the “good” of the individual.  Dr. Richardson will also cover relationships with colleagues, institutions, and managed care when using IFST, and “Self led ethics” (a frequently used IFST term) vs traditional consensus based ethics,

James Hurley, PhD, DPhil, LMFT (Bio)
The Marriage Journey
Total CEUs: 3  Ethics CEUs: 0

This presentation will present an initial protocol/framework for treating couples that pulls together recent neuroscience research especially LeDoux, Seigel, Greenberg and Panksepp, marital research by Gottman and Johnson and Scripture focusing on the wisdom literature, and the Pauline letters to Ephesus, Philippi and Corinth.  Take-home materials will be available for participants.


To register, use the registration form found here, and mail back to RTS. 


See brochure for cost/fees information. The cost includes lunch on Thursday and Friday. Early registration ends August 6; all registrations must be in by September 6. Full-time students and pastors may register for a discount, and no CE credit.