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marriage and family therapy program Accomplishments

Aug 8, 2017
Michael Curtis, Brittney Farrow, and Melissa Yzaguirre (all Marriage and Family Therapy) all have been admitted to the 2017-18 Minority Fellowship Program of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The program is dedicated to expanding the delivery of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to underserved minority populations and increasing the number of culturally competent marriage and family therapists. Additionally, Curtis was awarded the diversity scholarship for emerging leaders. All three are first-generation college students who are in their third year of study in the UNLV's marriage and family therapy program.

May 15, 2017
Katherine Hertlein and Gerald Weeks (both Marriage and Family Therapy) have won the Integrative Approaches to Sex Therapy Award from the American Association for Sexuality Counselors, Educators, and Therapists (AASECT). This award is for creative applications of an integrative and interactive approach to sexual issues in clinical work with individuals, couples, groups, and/or supervisees of all ages, genders, and other diversities. This award may be considered for any practical or theoretical body of work, including (but not limited to) trainings, retreats, online courses, videos, or a published paper or book. Nominees should be AASECT-certified sex therapists or sexuality counselors who have demonstrated a clinical consciousness that is multidimensional: inclusive of some combination of physical, emotional, cognitive and/or spiritual dimensions of sexual experience, along with relational and/or social contexts. This award will be presented at AASECT's 49th annual conference in June.

May 11, 2017
Katherine Hertlein and Gerald Weeks (Marriage and Family Therapy), along with co-author Nancy Gambescia of Drexel University, are the 2017 recipients of the American Association for Sexuality Counselors, Educators, and Therapists Book Award for their book, A Clinician's Guide to Systemic Sex Therapy. This award is presented to the author(s) of a book that makes a significant contribution to AASECT's vision of sexual health and to the clinical and educational standards of the field. The nominated book can be written for a professional audience or for a general audience and must have been published in English.  The three authors will be given their award at the AASECT 49th annual conference in June. 

Mar 27, 2017
Katherine M. Hertlein (Marriage and Family Therapy) has been appointed editor-In-chief of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. The journal has been dedicated to the interests of adult couple relationships through its rigorous research articles, treatment articles, theoretical pieces, and diverse perspectives expressed in other formats. It is a premier outlet for giving voice to contemporary issues in couples where current ideologies are explored, challenged, and resolved. The Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy strives to be the expert resource for academic and professional consumers who conduct assessment of, provide education to, and intervene with today’s couples. Hertlein will begin this role in January 2018. This is the first time a journal has been housed in UNLV’s MFT program.  

Sep 1, 2016
Gerald Weeks, Stephen Fife, and Colleen Peterson (Marriage and Family Therapy) co-edited Techniques for the Couple Therapist¸ published in June. The book features many of the most prominent psychotherapists today, presenting their most effective couple therapy interventions. This book provides clinicians with a user-friendly reference with an array of techniques that can be quickly read and immediately used in session. The book includes more than 50 chapters by experts in the field on the fundamental principles and techniques for effective couple therapy. Many of the techniques focus on common couple therapy processes such as enactments, communication, and reframing. Others focus on specific presenting problems, such as trauma, sexual issues, infidelity, intimate partner violence, and high conflict. Students, beginning therapists, and seasoned clinicians will find this pragmatic resource invaluable in their work with couples.  

Mar 2, 2016
Gerald R. Weeks, Katherine Hertlein, and Nancy Gambescia (Marriage and Family Therapy) recently published the second edition of A Clinician's Guide to Systemic Sex Therapy (Routledge, 2015). This text is a companion book to Systemic Sex Therapy, second edition, which was publisher earlier in 2015 by Routledge. These two books continue the development of  a new paradigm for the field of sex therapy. Weeks is the founder of the systemic approach to sex therapy. This text is his 23rd advanced professional book. 

Apr 1, 2015
Stephen Fife (Marriage and Family Therapy) is coauthor of an article published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy that won the publication's Best Article of 2014 Award. His coauthors were Jason Whiting, Sean Davis, and Kay Bradford. The article, "The Therapeutic Pyramid: A Common Factors Synthesis of Techniques, Alliance, and Way of Being," presents a meta-model of psychotherapy that synthesizes important common factors of change in therapy. The publication is the top journal in the discipline. Comments from the reviewers include: "A very useful paper for supporting the training of future therapists and researchers. I would highly recommend this article for all introductory couple and family therapy courses as it promotes a highly needed conversation in the field." "This is a strong theoretical meta model. It moves the idea of common factors forward. It also has important training and research implications." "Of all the articles, this one has the greatest promise for advancing the field. It extends the conceptualization of the common factors in practical ways. I would see this article being one that would be on reading lists in training programs in psychotherapy training programs, regardless of discipline."

Mar 1, 2014
Gerald Weeks and Stephen Fife (both Marriage and Family Therapy) are the authors of Couples in Treatment: Techniques and Approaches for Effective Practice, third edition (Routledge 2014). This is Weeks' 20th book. Additionally, Weeks has been elected president of the 21st International Congress on Sexual Health, which will take place in Turkey in April.

Apr 1, 2013
Tara Emmers-Sommer (Communication Studies), Katherine Hertlein (Marriage and Family Therapy), and M. Alexis Kennedy (Criminal Justice) have had their manuscript, "Porn Use and Attitudes: An Examination of Relational and Sexual Openness Variables Between and Within Gender" accepted to the Marriage and Family Review. The three authors also had their paper, "Testing a Model Predicting Risky Sexual Behavior," accepted for presentation at the 2013 International Communication Association conference in London.