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A Socio-Emotional Approach to Gendered Power in Couple and Family Therapy presented by Sarah Samman

  • Fri, April 09, 2021
  • 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
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Topic: A Socio-Emotional Approach to Gendered Power in Couple and Family Therapy
  Sarah K. Samman, Assistant Professor, LMFT

Date:  Friday, April 9, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00PM 

Location: Zoom

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The goal for the mental health (MH) professional is to improve clinical skills and application to power differentials in couple and family relationships. Specifically, the MH professional will be able to identify client markers that demonstrate power differentials and to understand how to position the self against power inequities, interrupt power processes towards relational safety, and practice new options toward shared responsibility. This requires the therapist to understand and acknowledge their ethical responsibility and role as a fulcrum of change.

Meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Sacramento Valley Chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapists (SVC-CAMFT) CAMFT CEPA CE Provider #62279 is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor Continuing Education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. SVC-CAMFT maintains the responsibility for the program and all its content.  CE Credit will be awarded after the completion of the course via email in exchange for a completed course evaluation form.

No CEs will be awarded to persons arriving late or leaving early. Partial CE credit will not be awarded. 
Workshop Information:

Power is relational. It is therefore critical for MH professionals to consider their ethical responsibility to recognize and intervene in power processes that inhibit these relationships, i.e., decoupling or familial dissolution. This requires the therapist’s self-awareness as well as acknowledgment of implicit biases that align with power differentials and directly affect the therapeutic relationship and process.The workshop is based on the theoretical and practice knowledge gained over 10 years and grounded in Attachment Theory, Social Constructionism, Feminist Theory, and Feminist Family Therapy.The participants in this workshop will acquire a basic understanding of how power imbalances influence relationships for the purpose of assisting clinicians in conceptualizing and clinically applying socially just therapeutic techniques associated with the Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy practice of therapy.


9:45am - 10:00am - Logging in and admitting people to the workshop - Housekeeping
10:00am - 11:00am
- Lecture
11:00am - 11:10am - Group Discussion
11:10am - 12:00pm -
noon - Workshop Ends

Learning Objectives:

 #1 *To develop an understanding of the role power plays in inhibiting couple and family relationships.

 #2 *To develop an understanding of the pragmatic clinical concern requiring therapist advocacy and leadership/positioning as a fulcrum of change.

 #3 *Participants will learn the basic tenets of Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy (SERT) such as how to identify the Circle of Care as well as clinically intervene in power processes. Participants will also consider how this could apply to non-intimate relationships.

Presenter Bio:
Sarah K. Samman, PhD, LMFT is an Assistant Professor in the masters and doctoral Couple and Family Therapy Programs at Alliant International University, San Diego campus. She earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lewis & Clark College and her post-master’s certificate in Medical Family Therapy and doctoral degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University. She has presented at national and international conferences on issues of multiculturalism, spirituality, and gender and power on couple and family relationships. Dr. Samman utilizes a Socio-emotional Relationship Therapeutic approach with couples and a biopsychosociospiritual lens based on a strong interdisciplinary background in health psychology, medical family therapy with an interest in the integration of MFTs in healthcare settings. Dr. Samman has a deep commitment to diversity issues and interpersonal and social justice. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.

Early registration ends Thursday, April 1, 2021 Early registration rates:
2021 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $15
2021 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $10
Non-Member: $25

Starting Friday, April 2, 2021 rates:
2021 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $20
2021 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $15
Non-Member: $30

Registration Ends Wednesday, April 7 , 2021
No Walk-in Registration unless announced.  

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