The AAMFT Podcast is an all-access pass to the latest news, developments, and thought leaders in the world of systemic therapy. Hosted by Dr. Eli Karam, it strives to relate, educate, and innovate one episode at a time. The episodes explore topics that relationship-based therapists care about, and features unique conversations and interviews with established experts. The show provides information and education on direct practice and emerging trends in the MFT profession.
Episode 54: Howard Markman and Scott Stanley
Howard Markman and Scott Stanley are internationally recognized researchers who have authored over 100 publications and whose work has spanned over four decades. During this episode, they talk about their many years of collaboration including the development of the PREP® curricula for relationship education and enhancement. Reflecting on the clinically relevant findings from 40 years of the program, they also discuss the future possibilities for couples therapy.
Episode 53: Gwyn Daniel
Gwyn Daniel is a systemic psychotherapist and trainer at the Tavistock Institute in London. She is the author of the chapter "Families in Chronically Unsafe Community Environments" in the Handbook of Systemic Therapy. In this episode, she discusses the impacts of trauma, political violence, and dislocation on family life, particuluary for Palestinian families. Interventions are shared that aim to strengthen family and community connections and sustain hope in contexts of extreme suffering and despair.
Episode 52: Sean Davis
Sean Davis is a professor at Alliant International University and the author of seven books including a widely used textbook in the field. In this episode, he talks about the often overlooked skill of writing: for therapeutic effect, for self-care, for your practice. He discusses the advantages of writing to complement clinical skills, including critical thinking and persuasive abilities, and shares tips on developing good writing habits, how to get feedback on your writing, and what he has learned from other prolific writers.
Episode 51: Lori Gottlieb
Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and author of the NYT bestseller Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. which is currently being adapted as a television series. In addition to her clinical practice, she writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column. In this episode, she shares her non-traditional path to become an MFT. She discusses how her column provides a window into how therapists think about everyday dilemmas, helping to normalize getting help and prioritizing mental health.
Episode 50: Eliana Gil
Eliana Gil is the founding partner of the Gil Instititue for Trauma Recovery and Education. A play therapy pioneer, Gil talks about integrating family therapy and play therapy and finding ways to invite children into the adult world through alternate ways of expression. She talks about how to feel comfortable in working with kids and enliven a process that many struggle with verbally. Finally, she shares that playfulness is for everyone, and has the ability to change energy and make people more present, often leading adults to rediscover their creativity and imagination.
Episode 49: Ben Fineman and Caroline Wiita
Ben Fineman is an associate MFT and Caroline Wiita is a marriage and family therapist in training. Together they host the podcast Very Bad Therapy, which talks about what goes wrong in the therapy room and how it could go better, interviewing both clients who have had bad experiences and experts who share insight from their years of experience. In this episode, they discuss the need for young professionals to normalize asking for help, learning from mistakes, and self-reflection to improve client outcomes.The AAMFT Podcast is going live! Featuring interviews with authors from the Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy, a ground-breaking reference work on both the profession and the practice of systemic family therapy, guests discuss global mental health and other topics.See https://www.aamft.org/podcastlive for upcoming free, live episodes.
I certainly enjoy Dr. Eli Karam and the AAMFT podcast! Discovered it fairly frequently and added it to my growing list of “podcasts not to miss.” Some of my favorite AAMFT podcast programs thus far have featured the following remarkable individuals: Cloe Madanes, Monica McGoldrick, Manijeh Daneshpour, Richard Schwartz, Patricia Papernow, Jackie Williams-Reade, Scott Sells, and Froma Walsh. I love Dr. Karam’s interviewing style, his questions, and his enthusiasm. Each podcast seems well-edited and is not only interesting but also a great review of some of the people I admire and have learned from along the way (especially the pioneer series - love it!). Thank you AAMFT for providing this terrific podcast. I look forward to listening to all the ones I’ve missed, as well as the ones to come.
Love this podcast
Not only do I get to learn more about specific topics and get recommendations for further reading, I also remember why I am passionate about this Marriage and Family Therapy and systemic approaches. I have been sending and posting specific episodes to many of my colleagues. I have learned so much from this podcast. I highly recommend it!
This podcast has been a lifesaver for my education and growth as a MFT during the pandemic! Great guests and interesting, relevant topics.