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Friday, April 5 and Saturday April 6, 2024 

Come join us in beautiful Kelowna British Columbia, reconnect with your colleagues and  listen to some very interesting speakers. 

Register now for the full two days or choose one of the dates above. 


Early Bird Ends February 22, 2024 

Friday, April 5 events will be at the Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna.

Saturday, April 6 key note speaker and workshops will be at the

University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus.  

Friday, April 5, 2024

8:30am PDT Welcome and Opening 

9:00am - 10:30am 

Keynote Speaker: Jann Derrick, PhD,  RMFT-SM

Topic: Asking our Ancestors to Guide Us on a Way Forward

It's with great honour we announce that Jann Derrick, will join us on us at our 2024 Conference. Jann will welcome us to the land, begin our time together in a good way and will share what she has been taught about this time in the world's history from the Indigenous teachings. 

Jann Derrick is a Registered Family Therapist, CAMFT supervisor mentor, and lifelong advocate of Irish, English and Haudensaunee/Mohawk heritage. She was part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada and worked with the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commission. Jann served as clinical supervisor at Round Lake Treatment Centre where she also trained Drug and Alcohol counsellors and provided therapy in the pioneering Trauma Recovery Program for Aboriginal trauma. 

To learn more about Jann please click here

Friday Workshops

Out of the Box and into the Music: The Die Schöne Müllerin Project 

Danna McDonald, MMFT, RMFT-Supervisor Qualifying

In this 90 minute workshop session, participants will learn about the project and the ways that we took therapy and wellness themes outside of the box and to these unique musical communities, working within the system and using self-compassion as a tool for both personal wellness and community. The workshop will include experiential self-compassion activities that participants can use in their own work with individuals, families and communities. 

Navigating Attachment Repair and Processing Therapy (ARPT): A Journey through Indigenous Relational Wisdom

Ken Genlik, PsyD, RMFT

The experiential presentation intends to examine the various aspects of family therapy by exploring the distinctive method of Attachment Repair and Processing Therapy (ARPT™ ). Based on Indigenous Relational Wisdom (IRW), ARPT™ provides a unique systemic approach to addressing attachment-related insecurities within the context of diverse familial and cultural backgrounds.

This experiential presentation will explore the role of secure attachment interventions, such as Attachogram, attachment reassurance, attachment circles, and attachment room interventions, in addressing attachment insecurities, losses, and grief. 

Counselling Student Wellbeing in Internships 

Carlie Pagens, MA. RMFT-Supervisor Mentor 

This presentation explores factors that contribute to the wellbeing of students in internships in Canadian graduate counselling programs along with wellbeing practices for students to support their personal wellbeing and decrease the impact of secondary stress. The presentation will also consider practices that clinical supervisors and post-secondary institutions can utilize to support student wellbeing during internships.

How to Love an Addict

Michael Kurek, MMFT, M.Div,  RMFT

This presentation is about incorporating elements of CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) into family therapy. After a brief PowerPoint introduction to CRAFT and an outline of the various components, conference participants would be taken through some of the exercises and participate in an open conversation as to possible use and efficacy in their professional practice. The two most important areas that will be covered are healthy communication styles and appropriate boundary setting with natural consequences. 

Overcoming Our Powerlessness in a Global Refugee Crisis - How Systems Theory Can Be Helpful 

Tanya Elez, PhD, RMFT Supervisor

Despite the documented need for mental health services among refugees, family therapists may feel inadequately prepared to engage with this population. This workshop will address obstacles hindering therapist engagement and discuss overlooked competencies within systemic therapy, empowering us to better deliver clinical services to refugees.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

8:30am PDT Welcome 

9am - 10:30am 

Keynote Speaker: Katrina Curry, RCAT, LMFT, RMFT, RCC, RYT, MA, DVATI 

Topic: Gathering Ground: Practicing Solidarity Amid Collective Suffering

Katrina Curry is a somatic psychotherapist and creative arts therapist with 25 years of experience specializing in transforming legacies of collective and personal complex trauma. A writer and poet, movement artist, visual artist and photographer, in her clinical work she weaves relational ecology with expressive arts, mindfulness, embodiment practices, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Katrina is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Canada, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, and Registered Canadian Art Therapist, living in the territory of the Lkwungen People, also known as the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. 

To learn more about Katrina please click here

3:30 - 5:00pm  

Keynote Speaker: Kjara Brecknell 

Topic: The Call of the Drum to Rhythms of Humanity

This is 90 minute, no experience necessary, interactive event of playing drums with optional singing and dancing. Kjara will also weave into this “playshop” the history of drums and drumming, it’s proven effects as medicine for body and soul, along with how and why drum circles have been used by almost every culture in the world. This energizing, yet grounding playshop will absolutely be a night to remember.

Kjara has been drumming since she was 13 and playing in a Scottish Pipe Band. In 2002 she was re introduced to this passion through djembe drum circles in her local community of Salmon Arm British Columbia. As an Osteopath, Craniosacral Therapist and Equine Facilitated Learning Practitioner who specializes in Somatic Trauma Recovery, Kjara instantly recognized and researched the therapeutic values of community drum circles. To learn more about Kjara please click here.

Saturday Workshops

Conceptualizing & Treating Addiction as a Systemic Disorder

Bonnie Lee, PhD, RMFT-S

How is addiction a systemic disorder and how are MFTs poised to make a difference in its  treatment? Join the workshop to learn how to use a humanistic systemic therapy model  that outperformed individual treatment approaches in nine related clinical outcomes.

Don't Go Changin' to Try and Please Me: Diversity as a Fundamental Component of Supervision 

Sharon Ramsay, MDiv, RMFT-SM

As Canadian MFTs, how do we understand ourselves and our supervisory experiences through the lens of diversity? This session invites participants to engage in reflexive practices, researching their own experiences of diversity within their supervisory journey. Together we’ll address the differences that make a difference.

2SLGBTQ+ and Newcomers in Family Therapy

Chi-Chun Lin, Psy,D, RMFT-S

This workshop will mainly focus on three parts. First, the presenter will discuss 2SLGBTQ+ clients, including their barriers to accessing family therapy services, their presenting issues in family therapy, and the applications of family therapy interventions for them. Second, the presenter will discuss newcomer clients, including their barriers to accessing family therapy services, their presenting issues in family therapy, and the applications of family therapy interventions for them. The last part will focus on the practical experiences and self-reflections of the presenter who is an Asian gay man and a newcomer/immigrant in Canada. 

Ecotherapy: Climate Distress and our Response as Systemic Therapists

Melissa Clews-Hunt, MSc, RMFT Supervisor Mentor

This workshop integrates experiential activities and interactive discussions to normalize our clients’ and our own feelings of eco anxiety, eco guilt, and uncertainty about the future. In the ways we invite our clients to heal relationships, we can draw on our unique stance as systemic therapists to inspire a wider healing in our relationship with the earth. This workshop is intended to support you as a therapist to respond to your clients’ climate distress and to empower you as a therapist in these times.

Workplace Wellbeing, Systemic Family Therapy and Therapist Wellness

Jodie Voth, MMFT, RMFT & Carmel Watson, MMFT, RMFT

Years of highly specialized training to become a Marriage and Family Therapist does not limit MFTs to only doing therapy. Organizational assistance or workplace wellbeing is a rapidly expanding field of work that MFTs are ideally suited for but may not consider or even be aware of. Facilitating workshops and presentations, writing articles, providing consultation to leaders and other systemic workplace interventions allow MFTs to use our training in systems theory and maintain our identity as a systems therapist. 

Systemic Family Therapy, Single Session Therapy, Relational Therapy 

Monica Sesma-Vazquez, PhD, RMFT Supervisor Mentor, Dunia Clemente, MSW, RMFT Supervisor Qualifying, Rubina Rahman, MEd, Associate Member, Fazilah Shariff, MSW Associate Member

Come and join us for this workshop on how to optimize our long-term therapeutic processes with couples and families through the implementation of the main premises of the “One Therapy at a Time” or single session framework. We aim for you to feel inspired and re-energized to continue your great relational work by the end of this interactive presentation. 

Please click here to review the full schedule of events for the two days

Registration for the Conference

Early Bird Ends February 22, 2024 

Registration Closes March 15, 2024 

To register for both days or just one please click here

We are looking for 10 volunteers to help at the conference. If you are interested in this please register using the Volunteer payment option.  

Volunteers will be welcoming registrants, helping them orient to the space and environment, giving out welcoming packages, sharing information about the weekend events, and local attractions. Trouble shooting anything that may come up. A maximum of 10 volunteers will be accepted. A two day commitment preferred.

CAMFT Annual General Meeting 

Friday, April 5, 2024 

4:30pm - 6:00pm PDT

Four Points Sheraton Kelowna Meritage Room 

Virtual and In-person 

We hope you will  join us. We look forward to sharing information with you.

An agenda, reports and Zoom link will be shared with all members.

CAMFT has reserved a block of rooms for participants at the

Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport  - 5505 Airport Way, Kelowna, BC 

You can book your room for a discounted rate when you click on the link below. 

The discount rate starts

Wednesday, April 3 - Ends Sunday, April 7, 2024 

Rooms starting from $179. per night. 

Last Day to Book: Monday, March 4, 2024

Book your group rate for The Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy  

Supervisor Refresher Course

Sunday, April 7, 2024

9:00 am to 3:00 pm PDT (one hour lunch)

In-Person Kelowna, British Columbia

OR Virtual 

Who should attend? 

Any RMFT Supervisor or Supervisor Mentor who is due for a refresher course in 2024. The course is also open to any RMFT Supervisor Qualifying that feels this refresher course would be helpful. 

This Refresher will be led by a panel of supervisors. A variety of supervision concerns will be explored and reflected on by the panel, followed by an invitation to attendees to join small groups for their own reflection process.

Please click here to learn more about this course and to register. Last day to register is March 29, 2024 

Contact the CAMFT:

(416) 907-4620

[email protected]


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