The State of Therapy 2022: NEAFAST Annual Conference—Healing Happens in Relationships

September 30, 2022; 8:30am-4pm ET
6 CEs | Live In-Person
Edwards House
1 Badger Road
Framingham, MA 01702

Instructors: David Haddad, EdD; Jacqueline Gagliardi, MEd; Katherine Manners, LMFT; Mary-Jane Beach, LMFT; and Mike Lynch, LMFT

The State of Therapy Conference welcomes you to this day of discussion, networking, and learning with your peers. Our focus this year will be an exploration of the role of relationships in healing. Relationships of all types, between individuals, dyads, communities, and professions will be addressed as avenues for healing, support and growth. Taking our current challenges into consideration, these are compounded by national events, including revelations of the January 6 hearings, the reversal of Roe, mass shootings, and a number of upcoming legislative decisions that remind us of the continued destabilization in our relationships and family systems. These events not only impact the communities and clients we work with, they affect us and the larger therapeutic community. Therapists, exhausted and overwhelmed by the increased demand for services following the COVID-19 pandemic, are now faced with further challenges as we begin to emerge from the pandemic into an uncertain and increasingly divided future.

The State of Therapy Conference will discuss strategies for exploring healing in dyadic (couples) and group (and family) relationships. The Conference will use the therapeutic community as a parallel process for how we can work more effectively with couples, families, and groups. We will develop processes for building dyadic relationships in the therapeutic community--relationships that can provide mentorship and support between generations of therapists. We will then explore how collaborative group dynamics can increase our capacity to provide support and grow our therapeutic skills. The State of Therapy Conference utilizes lecture, panel discussions, and group discussions as its primary learning platforms. 

The State of Therapy Conference will be held at the beautiful Edwards House in Framingham, MA. Due to a limitation in space, the maximum capacity is 90 people, so please sign up early!

The State of Therapy Conference includes the opportunity to learn from, network, and collaborate with other family and systemic therapists, and is incredibly affordable! The following fees will give you 6 CEs, breakfast, lunch, and the opportunity to network with the brightest, most talented relational therapists in New England:

Non-Members: $175 (with a 6 month membership to NEAFAST included)
Members: $125
Student and Agency Worker Members: $40 (Through the Emily Mitchell Scholarship Fund. This option is available for the first 15 student/agency members who sign up.)
Become an NEAFAST Member! Sign up before September 1 to receive a $25 discount. 

Schedule:
8:30-8:45am: Introduction and Welcome
8:45-10:25am: Expanding collaboration and reviewing the process for developing mission statement
10:25-10:40am: Break
10:40am–12:20pm: Providing healing in dyadic relationships
12:20-1:20pm: Lunch
1:20-3pm: Providing healing in group and family relationships
3-3:15pm: Break
3:15-4pm: Reflection/Review

Sign Up Here!

David Haddad, EdD is a psychologist, systems therapist, and a Professor at William James College where he teaches in the Counseling Program, as well as the Global Mental Health Concentration. David is also a partner in Appreciative Action, a consultancy that uses strength based and intentional practices for cultivating positive and sustainable change.

Mary-Jane Beach, LMFT and AAMFT-Approved Supervisor, is a family systems therapist and special education consultant. In 1989, with her husband, she founded Bridges Associates, Inc. to help clients with diverse abilities take charge of their lives.  Bridges is dedicated to bridging the gaps among professionals and systems. Toward these ends, Mary-Jane developed, implemented and evaluated the TAKE CHARGE! ® At Home Program with MFT interns, youth and families in public and private systems across the Cape. 

Michael Lynch, LMFT is an integrative therapist and the founder of Men’s Center New England, a private practice in Burlington, MA, focusing on the therapeutically underserved and underrepresented male population.  Michael formerly worked for Streff Associates in Stow MA, South Bay Community Services in Lowell MA and the Center for Individual and Family Counseling in North Hollywood, CA. 

Katherine Manners, MEd, LMFT is a systems therapist in private practice with a specialization in Couples Therapy. Katherine is also a founder of and senior partner of Resilience Works, providing national consultation and training to trauma-serving organizations on trauma-informed practice, vicarious trauma, effective supervision and staff support. 


This activity is pending certification by the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST) on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions for LMFT professional continuing education.

This activity is pending certification by the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions for LMHC professional continuing education.

This activity is pending certification by the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions for LICSW professional continuing education.

Please note: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

This program is being offered independent of any commercial support or conflict of interest. Clinicians with any level of experience are welcome to participate.

Cancellation Policy: Please email us at [email protected] if you are unable to make it. We will give a full reimbursement for cancels prior to September 6, 2022.