Maurie and I have been back from Portland for two weeks now! I can barely believe how quickly that went. We had a fantastic time and really enjoyed all the networking we were able to do. While preparing for a conference is stressful, attending a conference is so inspiring!
The booth allowed us to meet with attendees from all over–from Florida to Canada to Hawaii– and share about the work we have been doing. We were able to get the word out about our training opportunity, but also educate others about the need for this important service. And congratulations for Lana J., our winner of the Amazon gift card.
The presentation on Sunday was a great success. We had over 50 attendees, a great turn-out for the last session of the conference. I really enjoyed sharing practical interventions for co-parents and discussing the challenges therapists have faced in working with this population. We heard from many people that they rarely see training on working with co-parents, so they were grateful to build their skills in this area. The audience seemed really engaged and had many wonderful questions and comments, so I hope they all enjoyed the presentation as much as I enjoyed giving it with Maurie.
We were also able to attend some wonderful sessions and build our own skills as therapists. Our favorites included
Solution-Focused Techniques with Children and Their Families by Frank Thomas and Interactional Change in Adolescents, Parents, and Family Members by Margaret Keiley, Ali Zaremba Morgan, Christiana Datubo-Brown, Raven Pyle, Alexander Chan & Allen Sabey. The keynotes by Dr. Ginsberg and Dr. Brown were among the highlights of the conference.
While exploring Portland, we were able to visit with Maurie’s former assistant at Tin Shed cafe, connect with my Auburn University classmates and mentors (War Eagle!), utilize the very convenient Max Light Rail service, and wander around the interesting arts and crafts markets. We look forward to attending more conferences in the future. See you in Wisconsin next year!!!