Family Therapy from a Multicontextual Framework

In light of the impact COVID-19 is having on our community, OceanMHS has decided to postpone our Full day Conference “Family Therapy from a Multicontextual Framework” scheduled for Friday March 27, 2020.  The Conference has been rescheduled for Friday August 14th, 2020. All persons registered for the conference will remain registered for the new date.   We feel this decision will provide our participants the opportunity to feel fully present and engaged in the conference.  We appreciate everyone understanding and look forward to seeing you in August!

If you have any questions please contact Hope Fitzgerald. or 732-349-3535 x733

When: Friday, August 14, 2020

Where: Clarion Hotel & Conference Center , 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


     Early Bird Rate: $89 by 7/9/2020

     Regular Rate: $99 after 7/9/2020

Presenter: Joel Levine, MSW, LCSW, LPC, LCADC, LMFT


This course, Family Therapy from a Multicontextual Framework, Approval #190311-108, provided by Ocean Mental Health Services, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: December 19, 2019 through August 31, 2020. New Jersey social workers will receive 6 Clinical & Social + Cultural Competence CE credits for participating in this course.

Description: The workshop aims to guide practicing clinicians through the multi-contextual framework of our society that deliberately impact families and family interactions. When families reach out for help they are often unaware of some of the multi-contextual issues that impact the reasons they come to therapy in the first place.  This workshop will help the practicing therapist to identify, define and understand the flow of stress throughout the family, the pride cycle and the definition of power and control, white privilege and its context in family therapy.


  • To learn the multiple intersecting and bi-directional layers of the Ecological Paradigm
  • To learn to identify the vertical and horizontal stressors
  • To understand the concept of genograms and how to apply it in a clinical setting
  • To have a working knowledge of hierarchy of oppression and control and understanding a working definition for white privilege and it’s context in family therapy.
  • To become familiar with family therapy theorists

Presenter Education:  Joel Levine, MSW, LCSW, LPC, LCADC, LMFT

2002: The Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, NJ – Certificate Program, Marriage and Family Therapy

2000: Fordham University Master of Social Work Clinical Practice, Minor in Substance Abuse

1995: Montclair State University Bachelor of Arts Minor in Family and Child Studies




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