The State of Therapy: Creating Collaborative Conversations


Presenters: Jeremiah Gibson, LMFT, CST; David Haddad, EdD; & Jacqueline Gagliardi, MEd, LMFT

How do you think the field of therapy is going to look in ten years? How do you want our field to look like in ten years?

What are some of the barriers that may prevent your vision from coming true?

The New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST) and William James College invites you to share your input and energy at the State of Therapy Conference on Friday, November 15 from 9-5 pm. The State of Therapy Conference will include:

• Collaborative conversations between therapists about impacting and improving the state of therapy in Massachusetts.
• Panel discussions and small group conversations to explore how therapists in Massachusetts can advocate for the practice of family and systemic therapy to larger systems.
• An evaluation of some of the issues that limit the capacity, growth, and practice of family therapy in Massachusetts, including the development of best practice standards for couples therapy, the expansion of quality supervision opportunities, and the creation of ways to effectively communicate the process of family therapy to the public.

The Conference Schedule is as follows:

• 9-9:15 am Introduction to the Day
• 9:15-10:15 am The State of Therapy: Five therapists in different developmental stages discuss the life cycle of their practice
• 10:15-11:30 am Workshop #1
    • Creating collaborative mentoring relationships between newer therapists and more experienced therapist
    • Incorporating systemic therapy into in-home therapy training
    • Best practice standards for couples therapy
• 11:30-11:45 am Break
•11:45 am-1 pm Workshop #2
    • Starting and building a private practice
    • Cultivating processes for effective, strength-based supervision
    • Disseminating information about the process of couples/family therapy to the public
• 1-2 pm Lunch and NEAFAST Annual Conference
• 2-3:15 pm Workshop #3
    • Practicing an inclusive, multicultural approach
    • Cultivating support systems for agency employees
    • Developing an ongoing training module around ethic
• 3:15-3:30 pm Break
• 3:30-5 pm Workshop Review: Highlights presented and discussed with full group; Closing Remarks, Call to Action, Evaluation

The State of Therapy Conference is incredibly affordable ($150), and includes breakfast, lunch, 6 CEs, and the opportunity to learn from, network, and collaborate with other family and systemic therapists. Discounts include:

NEAFAST members can attend for $130. (Discount code will be emailed separately to members. To join NEAFAST, visit
Prelicensed therapists and students attend for $75.
Prelicensed and student members of NEAFAST can attend for $10 through the Emily Mitchell Scholarship Fund. (Membership for NEAFAST for prelicensed therapists is $50, $25 for university students.)

We can work together to improve our field with stronger, clearer professional standards and expectations for family and systemic therapy. We can collaborate with each other to build stronger professional relationships so that family therapists are supported at all points. We can share our expertise about the practice of family therapy with other therapists, other larger systems, and families of all kinds in the state of Massachusetts.

Specific learning objectives:

1. Distinguish between five different stages of the development of a therapist, including needs and cultural considerations at each specific stage.
2. Identify three specific interventions within collaborative language system theory.
3. Experience and practice three different techniques for effective running groups.
4. Explore and identify isomorphic processes through the incorporation of collaborative language systems theory and group therapy practices.
5. Outline and generate operational plans for advocating for the practice of family therapy within multiple larger systems.

Program Code: STC6
Credits: 6
Fees: $150 for CE Credits; $75 for No CE Credits - Lunch is included.


  • When

  • Friday, November 15, 2019
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • William James College
    1 Wells Avenue
    Newton, Massachusetts 02459

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