The AAMFT Podcast show

The AAMFT Podcast

Summary: The AAMFT Podcast is an all-access pass to the latest news, developments, and thought leaders in the world of systemic therapy. Hosted by Dr. Eli Karam, it strives to relate, educate, and innovate one episode at a time. The episodes explore topics that relationship-based therapists care about, and features unique conversations and interviews with established experts. The show provides information and education on direct practice and emerging trends in the MFT profession.

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 Episode 13: Michele Weiner - Davis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:06:57

Michele Weiner-Davis is an internationally renowned relationship expert, best-selling author, and professional speaker that specializes in helping people change their lives and improve important relationships. Eli sits down with Michele and discusses her own struggles that made her a better therapist, parent, and spouse. She discusses her origin story and discusses who her biggest influences were in her career. Michele recalls her own personal experience with receiving therapy and the benefit that it had on her career. Lastly, Michele discusses some of the new programs and books she has coming out that address infidelity in couples.

 Episode 12: Diane Gehart: Mindful MFT | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:09

Diane Gehart is a professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University Northridge and has practiced psychotherapy for over 15 years. Eli sits down with Diane to discuss mindfulness and the benefits it has in the MFT field. She discusses her career journey and how mindfulness played a part in her career. She provides her definition of mindfulness and differentiates it from other approaches like “flow”. Diane also discusses her approach to teaching mindfulness to her students and their reaction to this approach. Lastly, Diane talks about her thoughts on the future of mindfulness and how it should continue to be integrated in the field.

 Episode 11: Monica McGoldrick | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:31

Dr. Monica McGoldrick is the Co-Founder and Director of the Multicultural Family Institute. She is also the author of many popular books, including “Genograms: Assessment and Intervention,” and "Women in Families," just to name a few! In this episode, Eli sits down with Monica to discuss her life, her journey, and her many accomplishments as a family therapist. Listen in as Monica discusses her career journey, from finishing her degree in Russian Studies to being known as a pioneer in the field. She also discusses her process of writing her widely popular Genogram book and her collaboration on expanding the Family Life Cycle framework. Finally, Monica will discuss her views on the evolution of the field and how she views her personal legacy.

 Episode 10: Manijeh Daneshpour: Culturally Competent MFT | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:01:34

Dr. Manijeh Daneshpour is an LMFT with over 20 years of academic research and clinical experience centered around multiculturalism, social justice, premarital and marital relationships of Muslim family dynamics. Eli sits down with Manijeh as she tells powerful stories about her family of origin and her work with clients as it pertains to multiculturalism and cultural diversity. She discusses how being the only girl in an all-boys school has shaped her for her future. She defines what a third-wave feminist is and how it shaped her approach to the classic models of therapy.  Lastly, she discusses what factors are important for the field to move forward in cultural competency. 

 Episode 9: Steve Harris and Tim Dwyer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:50

In this episode, Eli interviews Tim Dwyer, President of AAMFT, and Steve Harris, Editor of JMFT about their background and journey through the field. They discuss their visions for the future of AAMFT and the Journal, and how their work benefits the members of AAMFT and the field of marriage and family therapy. First to be interviewed is, Dr. Steve Harris. He discusses the topics he would like to add to the JMFT catalog and the excitement of the upcoming edition of effectiveness. He provides ways for members to get more involved in the journal especially students. Later, Dr. Tim Dwyer describes his trajectory of leadership under AAMFT and the leadership qualities that he brings to the table. He goes into detail about what he does as the president of AAMFT and the things he is excited to see in the future. Get to know more about these two leaders in the field.  

 Episode 8: Harry Aponte | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:06

Harry Aponte is a clinical associate professor in Drexel University’s Couple & Family Therapy Department. Eli chats with Harry as he reflects on his career journey, including how his upbringing in the Bronx prepared him for community work.  He discusses his work with person of the therapist, advising therapists that their personal skills are what make techniques work. He talks about how his program created a safe environment for students to share their personal experiences while understanding how these experiences can both help and hinder the client process. He offers essential advice on resonating with people through one’s own brokenness. Harry reveals his reaction to receiving overdue validation on his work from Salvador Minuchin. Finally, he contemplates what he most wants to be remembered for in his professional legacy. 

 Episode 7: Medical Family Therapy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:59

Host Dr. Eli Karam sits with two of the leading therapists in the field of Medical Family Therapy, Dr. Angela Lamson and Dr. Jennifer Hodgson. Medical Family Therapy is a field that has its own set of competencies and interventions, with its own unique skills and training. It looks at health from a biopsychosocial/spiritual framework. In other words, it looks at health, loss, trauma, and death in the context of family and how that interfaces with different systems. Drs. Lamson and Hodgson share stories of how they first got into the field and how they first connected with each other. They  give insight on the skills needed to work in Medical Family Therapy, different training opportunities, and the future of the field.  Finally, they provide insight on how to expand the scope of your practice within Medical Family Therapy.

 Episode 7: Medical Family Therapy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:59

Host Dr. Eli Karam sits with two of the leading therapists in the field of Medical Family Therapy, Dr. Angela Lamson and Dr. Jennifer Hodgson. Medical Family Therapy is a field that has its own set of competencies and interventions, with its own unique skills and training. It looks at health from a biopsychosocial/spiritual framework. In other words, it looks at health, loss, trauma, and death in the context of family and how that interfaces with different systems. Drs. Lamson and Hodgson share stories of how they first got into the field and how they first connected with each other. They  give insight on the skills needed to work in Medical Family Therapy, different training opportunities, and the future of the field.  Finally, they provide insight on how to expand the scope of your practice within Medical Family Therapy.

 Episode 6: Bill Doherty | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:12

Bill Doherty is an educator, researcher, therapist, speaker, author, consultant, and community organizer. In this episode, he recounts with Eli his experience in the Catholic church and how circumstances including “failed celibacy” led him to leave the priesthood. He shares how his extensive work doing community presentations led to years of interaction with judges and lawyers, eventually creating the discernment counseling model. Bill contemplates the positive directions the field is taking, and some of the necessary downsides including a crucial turning point of the field and an unexpected consequence of the relational, systemic approach. Eli asks a question that gives Bill goosebumps as he contemplates his boundary-pushing career. Finally, he shares a story about a small but significant detail his mom noticed during his appearance on Oprah.

 Episode 5: Online Therapy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:03:32

In this episode, Dr. Eli Karam sits down with Shelly Smith and Jennifer Labanowski to discuss Online Therapy. Online Therapy is one of the most requested topics for discussion in the MFT profession. In this podcast, you will find out the factors that led Shelly and Jennifer to pursue this career after first being skeptical of this type of therapy. They will discuss the four areas of research to know before starting your own online therapy practice like stating up to date on state regulations and some of the ethical implications associated with online therapy . Find out why clients seek out this form of therapy over face to face and what might lead a therapist to choose this form of therapy. Eli dives in to find out more information about online therapy from experts in the field.

 Episode 4: Tracy Todd | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:38

This episode’s guest is Dr. Tracy Todd. With years of experience as an MFT and the current CEO of AAMFT, Tracy and Eli discuss the future of AAMFT and the new programs we are introducing to benefit the advancement of the profession. He describes how MFTs can benefit from mixed-reality simulation training, new Topical Interest Networks, future-building events like the Leadership Symposium, and the Disruptive Innovation Challenge. Tracy shares how AAMFT’s new initiatives allow us to stay current and continuously evolve within the growing field, and highlights the significance of providing opportunities for members to become involved and engaged with their profession.  

 Episode 3: David Schnarch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:03:02

David Schnarch is a world-renown sex and marital therapist. Eli sits down with David and talks about his career and influence on the field. He discusses how failures led him to come up with the crucible approach, and the revolutionary idea that sexual problems are predictable and normal. He considers the essential qualities a therapist should have to effectively practice sex therapy, touching on how his own openness enables his work. David shares his biggest influences and makes a surprising prediction of the path of the next innovation in systemic therapy. Finally, he talks about his next project of utilizing brain-based therapy with high-risk couples.

 Episode 2: Sue Johnson, Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:51

In the second part of Eli's interview with Dr. Sue Johnson, they continue their discussion of the "person behind the model." Sue talks about the lessons learned from her first marriage and reflects on 30 years of marriage with her second husband. She shares the epiphany that led to the development of EFT, and tells a story of a time when two-thirds of the room walked out of her conference presentation at the mention of it. Later, she contemplates what she wants EFT to accomplish and how she'd like MFTs to use their societal influence to educate the public on understanding love relationships. 

 Episode 1: Sue Johnson, Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:14

Sue Johnson is the creator of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy. In part one of Eli’s interview, Sue recalls how her upbringing in an English pub affected her relationships with her parents and community, and established her comfort level with interpersonal drama and emotion. Sue explains her mother and father’s stark differences in parenting and the effect her mother’s preference that she become a hairdresser had on her eventual career choice. Sue shares the secret for working with aggressive people

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