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Friday Continuing Education Series: Fatherhood, Families and Gender In Our Therapeutic Work, Lew Epstein, LCSW

  • Fri, November 10, 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925



Friday, November 10, 2017

Fatherhood, Families and Gender 

In Our Therapeutic Work

Lew Epstein, LCSW


This talk will explore the changing roles of fathers along with some effective ways to engage men in treatment. It will also examine the family systems concept of coaching as an approach to working with both men and women and show how gender issues can often be the missing piece in our work with couples. Family genograms will be used to illustrate the work done with one man’s anger problem and excerpts from More Coaching for Fatherhood will be read to further supplement and illustrate the process.

One of the goals of this talk is to review for clinicians the multi-generational family of origin approach to therapy. It is also to introduce the concept of coaching as an effective approach to working with men in general and fathers in particular.     It will offer specific uses of the family genogram as a tool in the process of change. Practitioners should also come away some of the things to look for in sessions that would indicate the presence of gender issues and the ways to best address them.

Lewis Epstein is a psychotherapist and family therapist since 1979. He holds a Masters degree from Hunter College School of Social Work and has conducted classes in Human Development and the Family on both the graduate and undergraduate college levels.    He is the author of Coaching for Fatherhood (1996) and a second, expanded edition, More Coaching for Fatherhood, 2008.) He is a frequent speaker and workshop provider for parents groups and other organizations. He has also taught in the public schools of New York City on both the elementary and high school level and has worked for their Committee on Special Education.  He has been a counsellor for police officers in the NYPD and was involved in the treatment of first responders following the World Trade Center attacks in 2001.   He has a blog titled Inside the Hour @

He is a father, and grandfather living in Tiburon and has a private practice in Mill Valley.

Time: Networking is from 11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.

Location: Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (map)

Information: For more information about the Friday Continuing Education Series and about joining the Committee, please contact CE Director, Laurie Buntain.

Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation. 

Refund PolicyRequests for refunds must be in writing and received by the CE Director on no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the CE Director, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.All instructors will read and adhere to Marin CAMFT’s stated policies.

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 

Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the CE Director.

Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 2 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents contact Laurie Buntain, Continuing Education Director for more information.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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