August Grand Rounds with Tai Mendenhall, PhD, LMFT

Lorenz Clinic is excited to host Tai Mendenhall, PhD, LMFT, and his presentation, “We are in this Together: Helping Couples Navigate Contemporary Healthcare Systems as They Cope with Complex and Difficult Clinical Presentations,” for our August Grand Rounds continuing education event. Dr. Mendenhall will be in person at our Rosemount clinic for this presentation from 10 am-12 pm on Wednesday, August 10. The event will also be streamed live via Zoom for those who would like to attend virtually. Lorenz Clinic is excited to offer this event to clinicians in and around the Twin Cities area at no cost.

Participants can expect to learn how to:

  • Articulate the different missions of – and common providers (disciplines) working within – primary-, secondary-, and tertiary- “levels” of health care.
  • Describe the manners that clinical-, operational-, and financial- “worlds” of health care work collaboratively with – and sometimes against – each other.
  • Learn empirically-supported ways that therapists can help couples navigate healthcare systems as they cope with complex and difficult clinical presentations.
  • Understand theoretically-conceptualized strategies of interdisciplinary collaboration that can be advanced by therapists working across a wide range of care environments.

Clinicians who participate will be eligible for 2 Continuing Education Hours that have been approved by the following Minnesota Boards of Licensure:

  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Behavioral Health and Therapy

Registration for the event is free and is required for all attendees.

Register to attend in-person at our Rosemount clinic here.

Register to attend the live event virtually here.

About Tai Mendenhall, PhD, LMFT

Tai J. Mendenhall, Ph.D., LMFT is a Medical Family Therapist and Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota (UMN) in the Department of Family Social Science. He is an adjunct professor in the UMN’s Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, an Associate Director of the UMN’s Citizen Professional Center, and the Director of the mental health teams in the UMN’s Medical Reserve Corps. He works actively in the conduct of integrated behavioral health care and community-based participatory research (CBPR) focused on a variety of public health issues.

July Grand Rounds featuring Markie L.C. Twist, Ph.D.

Lorenz Clinic is excited to host Markie L.C. Twist, Ph.D., during July’s Grand Rounds professional development event. Dr. Markie will present on the Clinical Guidelines for LGBTQIA-Affirming Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT) that was recently published by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT, April 2022). These new guidelines outline how marriage and family therapists practice in an affirming, inclusive, ethical, and competent way with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) people. These guidelines are timely with the advent of Pride month to encourage positive language to affirm clients’ personal identities.

Attendees will be eligible for 2 CE credits from the following boards:

  • Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Nursing

Event Details

Date: July 13, 2022
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: In-person event will take place at the Rosemount Clinic; a virtual presentation is also available

Learning Outcomes:

  • Review the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Guidelines for LGBTQIA-Affirming Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT).
  • Discuss common presenting LGBTQIA-related concerns via a case study and discuss and apply AAMFT Clinical Guidelines for LGBTQIA-Affirming Marriage & Family MFT.
  • Analyze shared consultation cases via the AAMFT Clinical Guidelines for LGBTQIA-Affirming Marriage & Family MFT. 

To register, use the links below. Registration is required for this event. 

In-Person Attendance

Virtual Attendance



About Markie Twist, Ph.D.

Markie Louise Christianson (L. C.) Twist (she/they), Ph.D., is an award-winning sexuality educator, sexologist, relationship therapist, author, and international speaker. Dr. Twist is Teaching Faculty in the Department of Applied Psychology in the Doctoral and Master of Arts Programs in Couple and Family Therapy and Master of Arts Program in Dance/Movement Therapy at Antioch University New England. Dr. Twist is also a licensed marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor, as well as a clinical fellow and approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and certified sexuality educator and supervisor through the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Dr. Twist is co-author of the books, The Internet Family: Technology in Couple and Family Relationships and Focused Genograms: Intergenerational Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families (2nd ed.). Markie also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Sexual and Relationship Therapy: International Perspectives on Theory, Research and Practice and is co-editor of the book Eco-Informed Practice: Family Therapy in Age of Ecological Peril. In addition, Markie serves as a session instructor at the University of Guelph. To learn more about Dr. Twist visit:

May Grand Rounds with Bill Doherty, Ph.D.

Lorenz Clinic is excited to host Bill Doherty, PhD., and his presentation Therapy in a Polarized Political Environment, for our May Grand Rounds continuing education event. This event will be presented from 10 am-12 pm on Wednesday, May 11, both virtually and in person at our Rosemount Clinic. In support of Mental Health Awareness month, and after a great turnout for our April Grand Rounds, we are excited to offer this event to clinicians in and around the Twin Cities area.

Dr. Doherty’s workshop will be both clinical and practical, offering breakout opportunities, plenty of time for Q&A, and also video demonstrations.

This workshop style event will cover the following learning objectives:

  1. Identify the scope and sources of today’s high levels of political polarization
  2. Discuss how political stress can affect clients in their relationships.
  3. Describe tools for helping clients cope with political differences in ways that buffer their relationships and potentially improve them.

Clinicians who participate will be eligible for 2 Continuing Education Hours that have been approved by the following Minnesota Boards of Licensure:

  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Behavioral Health and Therapy

Registration for the event is free and is required for all attendees.

Register to attend in-person, here.

Register to attend virtually, here.

About Dr. Doherty

Bill Doherty is a family therapist and professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota where he directs The Citizen Professional Center. Following the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, he co-founded Braver Angels, a citizen initiative bringing conservatives and liberals together to counteract political polarization and restore the fraying social fabric in American society.  Braver Angels now has volunteers working in all 50 states. At the same time, he co-created the Police and Black Men Project, for which he facilitates an ongoing group of police officer and community members who have forged relationships of trust with the goal of safe communities for all.  He has a strong interest in social change based on assets rather than deficits for everyone involved.  Among his awards is the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Family Therapy Academy.

Join Us for April Grand Rounds

Lorenz Clinic is excited to host Thomas Joiner, Ph.D., for his presentation, Why People Die by Suicide, for our April Grand Rounds event, on Wednesday, April 13, from 10am-12pm. Grand Rounds is hosted monthly for all of our Clinic staff for the purpose of strengthening relational approaches. This April’s event will be unique as we open it up for clinicians and colleagues from around the Twin Cities, to join us both virtually or in person at our Rosemount Clinic. 

Clinicians who participate will be eligible for 2 Continuing Education Hours that have been approved by the following Minnesota Boards of Licensure:

  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Behavioral Health and Therapy

About the webinar/presentation:

In his new theory of suicidal behavior, Thomas Joiner proposes three factors that mark those most at risk of death: the feeling of being a burden on loved ones; the sense of isolation; and, perhaps chillingly, the learned ability to hurt oneself.  He tests the theory against diverse facts taken from clinical anecdotes, history, literature, popular culture, anthropology, epidemiology, genetics, and neurobiology

Attendees can expect to leave with an increased understanding about the epidemiology and risk factors for death by suicide, Dr. Joiner’s theory about suicidal behavior, as well as anecdotes and scientific evidence that evaluates the new theory, some added tools for assessment and suicide prevention, and more. 

About Dr. Joiner:

Thomas Joiner went to college at Princeton and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. Dr. Joiner’s work is on the psychology, neurobiology, and treatment of suicidal behavior and related conditions. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was given the 2020 James McKeen Cattell Award for lifetime contributions to the area of applied psychological research from the Association for Psychological Science.

A consultant to NASA’s Human Research Program, he is the Director of the DoD-funded Military Suicide Research Consortium, a ten-year, $70 million dollar project. Dr. Joiner runs a clinical and consulting practice specializing in suicidal behavior, including legal consultation on suits involving death by suicide.

How to register:

Interested participants can register for either an in-person or virtual event. Please utilize the links below and submit your registration. Our in-person event will be hosted at our Rosemount Clinic. Check-in, coffee and light pastries will be available beginning at 9:30am for those joining us in person. 

Virtual Event Registration

In-Person Event Registration


Annual Conference Features Expert in Couples

Lorenz Clinic announces its Fifth Annual Invited Practitioner Conference. This year’s conference will be held Friday, November 5, 2021 and will feature Dr. Anthony Chambers, a leader within the Couples and Family Psychology specialty, and expert on therapy with multiracial couples and systems-oriented therapy. Dr. Chambers will present his APA-published work on assessing couples distress in systemic context. The presentation will have important implications for all clinicians working with special populations and providing justice-focused care, not just those seeing couples.

Lorenz hosts an Annual Invited Practitioner series, an annual conference that invites internationally recognized scientist-practitioners to help bring science to practice on Main Street. Along with bi-weekly consultation and over 100 in-house continuing education hours each year, this conference is open to the regional provider community and contributes to a rich professional ecology for staff and trainees alike and enlivens work at all levels of the organization.  To register for this event, visit the event page here.

Conference Summary:

The current trend in professional psychology education calls for trainees to be evaluated on the basis of core functional and foundational competencies (Fouad et al., 2009). Despite calls for competency-based training in couple and family psychology (CFP; e.g., Kaslow, Celano & Stanton, 2009) and couple and family therapy (Celano, Smith & Kaslow, 2010), only recently has there been attention to the knowledge-, skill-, and attitude-base that a psychologist must possess in order to achieve specialty status as a CFP (Stanton & Welsh, 2011). As the field of CFP matures and more Psychologists move towards specialization in professional psychology, training models are needed that can facilitate competencies at the specialty level.

Towards that end, one of the most challenging skills for any couple therapist is being able to move from an individual to a systemic case conceptualization. Consistent with Stanton & Welsch’s (2011) couple and family psychology competencies, a thorough case conceptualization involves problem formulation, case formulation, and treatment formulation. However, this can be overwhelming for many trainees and established therapists conducting couple therapy. Thus, this presentation will present a systematic and systemic model that actualizes the case conceptualization competency.

The framework presented is a four-session evaluation that includes an initial conjoint session in order to understand the couple’s relationship problems followed by separate sessions in order to understand each person’s individual and family of origin histories (Chambers, 2012; 2018). The evaluation concludes with the therapist providing feedback to the couple that is used to establish a working alliance. Although the notion of routinely meeting with each member of the couple separately as part of an evaluation is not new (Karpel, 1994), the purpose of this presentation is to describe this procedure in enough detail that audience members will be able to teach this model to their trainees and/or be able to replicate this model for use in their own practice with couples.

Specifically, the presentation will describe the rationale and goals for the model, the tasks and pertinent issues to assess in each session, as well as how to present the model to couples during the initial phone call and initial visit. Finally, the presentation will discuss how to provide a dyadic/systemic conceptualization of their relationship problems, and how to make appropriate recommendations for treatment. Ethical and complicated issues such as confidentiality, how to handle secrets, and how to know when couple therapy is contraindicated will also be presented.

About the Presenter

Anthony Chambers, PhD, ABPP, is the Chief Academic Officer and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist on staff at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Chambers is also the Director of Northwestern University’s Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies and is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology. He is also the former Director of the Couple Therapy program at The Family Institute. Dr. Chambers is one of the few Psychologists in the United States Board Certified in treating couples (ABPP). Dr. Chambers is also a former President of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Couple and Family Psychology. He currently serves as President for the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology, which are the two organizations responsible in board certification for Psychologists in Couple and Family Psychology. Dr. Chambers’ professional accomplishments have resulted in becoming a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and several other organizations. He also serves on the editorial board for the journal Family Process and is the past Associate Editor for the flagship journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. Finally, Dr. Chambers was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Chambers completed his internship and post-doctoral clinical residency at Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital (HMS/MGH), specializing in the treatment of couples. He currently maintains a thriving clinical practice comprised of 90% couples. Dr. Chambers also engages in scholarly writing, teaching and public speaking aimed at disseminating the latest knowledge about how to have a healthy relationship.