Annual Conference



Lorenz Clinic announces its first annual Invited Practitioner Conference.  This year’s conference will be held Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and will feature Dr. Harry Aponte, a national expert on The Person-of-the-Therapist model of therapy and training.

For therapists, the work with disadvantaged families faced with persistently destructive personal and societal factors can be demoralizing.  The work demands technical skill to simultaneously address deeply personal wounds and overwhelming social forces.  It also pleads for personal sensitivity and emotional strength that allows therapists to feel the pain and challenge the social odds their clients face.  Dr. Aponte contends that this calls for distinctive training in the use of self that speaks to the therapist’s emotional resources and social consciousness.

Dr. Aponte will introduce a particular approach, The Person-of-the-Therapist Model, to therapists’ use of themselves in the work with these families.  The model emphasizes therapists relating and working through their own life experiences, especially their personal vulnerabilities, as a medium through which to relate to the pain and brokenness of these emotionally and socially vulnerable families.  This presentation will identify six basic therapeutic tasks Dr. Aponte believes are essential to work with disadvantaged families:

  • Gain the Client’s Trust and Partnership
  • Connect to Today’s Issue
  • Assess its Source and Dynamics
  • Make the Session a Real Experience for Clients
  • Build on the Client’s Strengths
  • Mobilize the Client’s Eco systemic Resources

The conference will be of interest to mental health professionals who work with disadvantaged families and individuals.  The discussion will also be of particular interest to training directors and supervisors.

More information is available here.

About The Presenter

Dr. Harry J. Aponte, HPhD, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, is a family therapist known for his writings and workshops on the person of the therapist, spirituality in therapy, therapy with disadvantaged and culturally diverse families, and structural family therapy. Dr. Aponte was a staff member and teacher of family therapy at the Menninger Clinic, and Director of the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center.  Currently, Dr. Aponte is clinical associate professor in the Couple & Family Therapy Department of Drexel University in Philadelphia.  He has a private practice in Philadelphia, and conducts training and workshops throughout the country and abroad.

Dr. Aponte published Bread & Spirit through Norton, a book that speaks to therapy with today’s poor in the context of ethnicity, culture and spirituality.

Dr. Aponte and Dr. Karni Kissil have edited a book entitled The Person of the Therapist Training Model: Mastering the Use of Self, published by Routledge (2016).


The event will be held in the MacMillan Auditorium at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota (Directions).  The auditorium is located in the Oswold Visitor Center.  Registrants will receive complimentary admission to the arboretum grounds the day of the event.  The fall color should be near peak!

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a top visitor attraction, is more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails. As a premier northern garden, the Arboretum was borne out of the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and established in 1958, with the Men’s Garden Club of Minneapolis, Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, Minnesota State Horticultural Society and other community supporters creating the Arboretum as a gift to the University of Minnesota.


7:30     Registration

8:00     Introduction

9:00     The Use of the Self of the Therapist and Disadvantaged Families

10:30   Break

10:45   Video of a Session with a Family

12:00   Lunch (provided)

1:00     Training & Supervising the Person of the Therapist

2:30     Break

2:45     The Intertwining of the Social and the Psychological in Therapy

4:00     Finis

Continuing Education Credit

The event has been approved for 7 CEU’s by the Minnesota Board Social Work, Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy, and Minnesota Board of Marriage & Family Therapy.  The Minnesota Board of Psychology has approved the event for 6.5 CEU’s.

Registration Fees

$190 – Early Bird (ends 6pm 9/15/17)

$225 – Regular Admisstion

$70 – Pre-licensed Practitioner

$40 – Students


Cancellations will be accepted through 5:00pm Friday, 10/6/17.  Cancellations will be refunded less a 25% administration fee.  To cancel your registration, contact the Training Program Coordinator, Sydny Spires, by email at or via telephone at (952) 443-4600