Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • 12 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • DePelchin Children's Center, 4950 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007
    • 42

    Mothering the Mother: Perinatal Mental Health and Family Systems

    Lorissa Eichenberger, M.A., LMFT, PMH-C

    In the past decade, the suicide rates of mothers has skyrocketed. Perinatal mood disorders are now the #1 complication of childbirth. Mothers are struggling more than ever with motherhood and mental health. This presentation is designed to educate mental health professionals on assessment/diagnosis, treatment, and resources for perinatal mood disorders. Sherry Duson, the director for The Center for Postpartum Family Health, has created a training model for therapists looking to work with moms and families impacted by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Lorissa, along with her colleagues at CPFH, have advanced training and unyielding determination in working towards improving outcomes for these women, partners, and families. This presentation will highlight the many areas of need in the maternal mental health population. Lorissa will also provide research data from her pilot curriculum-based birth trauma group, in addition to a wealth of resources for working with mothers and self-care.

    Workshop Objectives:

    1. Introduction to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS): Attendees will be able to assess for multiple PMADs including: depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and psychosis

    2. Risk factors and cultural factors: Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of the most commonly associated risk factors for perinatal mood disorders, including both economic and cultural influences

    3. Impact of PMAD’s: Attendees will have a greater ability to gauge multi-systemic impacts of perinatal mood disorders including partner, family, and community systems

    4. Treatment and recovery: Attendees will be able to utilize the various treatment modalities discussed in this presentation to help clients in their area of practice

    Lorissa received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2010. A self-described "birth nerd," she began her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her first of four children. As new parents without family locally, it was a struggle for she and her husband to find resources for mental health support following a traumatic birth. So, Lorissa joined local birth/breastfeeding groups, and she subsequently attended trainings for doula and lactation support to further enhance her professional capacity as a therapist. Lorissa then chose to specialize her practice and focus her passion by supporting the mental wellness of mothers and their families in the Greater Houston Area.

    Lorissa is a member of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and fiercely believes in helping women make educated and informed choices about their pregnancy, birth provider, and preferences for childbirth when possible.  Lorissa is an active member of the Houston Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (HAMFT) and the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (TAMFT). She is recognized by Postpartum Support International as a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Specialist (PMH-C) with advanced training and experience working with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). She periodically speaks at local moms' groups and presents at conferences each year on PMADs. Lorissa strives to create a nurturing and safe place for clients to feel heard, validated, and empowered.  Her areas of special interest include but are not limited to birth trauma, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, partner support systems therapy, and parenting education.  

    • 09 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 600 North Sam Houston Parkway West, Houston, TX 77067
    • 56

    Family Research in Differentiation of Self: The Basis for Bowen Family Systems Psychotherapy

    Victoria Harrison, MA, LMFT

    This workshop is based on Victoria Harrison’s popular new book, The Family Diagram and Family Research: Tools for Differentiation of Self. She will discuss and illustrate ways that family research is central for therapy and for the therapist who is working toward differentiation of self as the basis for change.

    Workshop Objectives

    Participants will:

    • strengthen their understanding of family research as part of therapy based in Bowen theory

    • realize the importance of ongoing work on family research as part of differentiation of self for the therapist

    • discuss challenges and overcoming challenges in family research.

    Presenter will:  

    • review Differentiation of Self as the basis for change,
    • review Steps Toward Differentiation of Self,
    • discuss and illustrate family research as part of therapy, and
    • discuss challenges and overcoming challenges in family research.

    Victoria Harrison, MA, LMFT began coaching in Bowen theory “to take responsibility for her own miserable situation” in 1975 and started as a student in the Georgetown Family Center Postgraduate Training Programs in 1976 and became involved there as a teacher, supervisor, directing programs and conducting research.  She moved to Houston, TX in 1990 where she established a clinical practice and an educational program, Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family. She joined the Bowen Center faculty in 1991 and continues to commute to DC where she has directed the Postgraduate Training Program and developed the Online Introduction to Bowen Theory.   

    She recently published a book on the family diagram and family research for people who are working on differentiation of self.  Her other articles and book chapters can be found online at either www.csnsf.org or www.thebowencenter.org.   You can order copies of The Family Diagram and Family Research at www.csnsf.org.  

    PLEASE NOTE, this workshop is being held at the Our Lady of the Lake University campus at the corner of Beltway 8 (north belt) and Green's Crossing (a little bit west of I-45). The address is 600 North Sam Houston Parkway West, Houston, TX 77067. You will enter the east side of the building through entrance 650. Give yourself extra time to get to the event!

Check in and on-site registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Light breakfast bites and coffee will be served. 


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