Pre-Congress Workshop: Research in Family Therapy Forum

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 9 AM - 4 PM

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Doug Sprenkle, Ph.D.
Moderator and Presenter, USA

Susan Johnson, Ph.D.

Terge Ogden, Ph.D.

Valentin Escudero, Ph.D.

Doug Sprenkle, Ph.D., USA
Forum Moderator and Presenter

Research in Couple and Family Therapy Based on Randomized Clinical Trials:
An Overview of What We Know and Need to Know

Doug Sprenkle is highly recognized for his scholarly and professional contributions to the field of Family Therapy. He has been given many career awards, including the AAMFT Culmulative Career Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Research award, and the Significant Contribution to Family Therapy Award. He is also reknown as a co-developer of the Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems. During the past 10 years he has devoted much of his scholarly attention to common factors in marriage and family therapy interventions, and is the first author of a book on this topic that is under contract with Guilford Press.

Doug has had a 33 year career with Purdue University Human Development and Family Studies, serving as a Professor as well as the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, and Director of the Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy Clinic. He is the author of over 130 refereed journal articles and book chapters, as well as 10 books.

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Susan Johnson, Ph.D., Canada

The Empirical Validation of EFT:
Twenty years of findings and their clinical significance

Sue Johnson is a clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, author, popular presenter and one of the leading innovators in the field of couple therapy. She is one of the originators of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), a powerful, tested intervention to help repair and build strong loving bonds.

Her professional books are among the leading texts on couples therapy. Her 2008 book was written for the general public, Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love (Little Brown, New York). This book outlines her last 25 years of research and the new science of adult bonding.

Sue is the Director of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICCEEFT) with ten affiliated Centers in North America and Europe. Sue holds professorships at Alliant International University in California (Distinguished Research Professor) and the University of Ottawa in Canada.

Sue has received numerous honors for her work, including the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from AAMFT the Research in Family Therapy Award from AFTA, and is an invited Fellow of the APA. Sue has an active media presence.

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Terge Ogden, Ph.D., Norway

Predicting outcomes of Parent Management Training (PMTO):
Child, parenting, context and therapy factors

Terje Ogden (PhD) is research director at the Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral Development, Unirand and professor at the Institute of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway. The aim of the Center is to integrate research and practice in order to increase multi-disciplinary knowledge and enhance clinical competence in the prevention and treatment of serious behavior problems among children and youth. He has been the director of the research program on the national implementation and evaluation of empirically supported programs for the prevention and treatment of serious behavior problems in children and youth in Norway (e.g. Parent Management Training, Multisystemic therapy and PALS a school-wide intervention progam based on the Positive Behavior Support model). He also is the project leader of a longitudinal prospective study of the social development of children in which the development of approximately 1200 children are followed from 6 months to 7 years (The Behavior Outlook Norwegian Developmental Study – BONDS).

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Valentin Escudero, Ph.D., Spain

Studying the process of building therapeutic alliances:
Putting practice into research and research into practice

Valentín Escudero, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Family Intervention Research Unit (a family therapy research and training center) at the University of La Coruña (Spain). For the past three years, he was an invited professor at the Brussels University (VUB); previously, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Utah (USA), at the University at Albany-State University of New York (USA), at Williams College (USA), and at the University of Bristol (UK). Dr. Escudero is the author of multiple refereed articles in psychotherapy and counseling journals. He co-edited Relational Communication: an Interactional Perspective to the Study of Process and Form (2004), and co-authored Therapeutic Alliances in Couple and Family Therapy (2006; translated into Spanish and Italian). He is also the co-author of the System for Observing Family Therapy Alliances (SOFTA), an observational instrument to assess the quality of the therapeutic alliance in conjoint couple and family therapy. He is a certified psychotherapist and family therapist, and his practice and research interests focus on the study of family therapy process as well as on the applying family therapy in the context of social services and child protective services. His recent book “Guía Práctica de la Intervención Familiar” [Family Intervention Practice Guidebook] reflects his interest inn optimizing the use of systemic family therapy in the context of child protective services.

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