Join Dr. Diane Gehart for a FREE Training! 

In 2023-2024, I will be re-recording many of my YouTube lectures as I launch the 4th edition of Mastering Competencies in Famly Therapy and prepare for the 3rd Edition of Theory and Treatment Planning in Psychotherapy.

I have the option of recording these alone, but I prefer to record them while in dialogue with someone like YOU!

If you would like to be a part of the live recording and discussion, join my mailing list to get your invitation links:

You will find links to upcoming scheduled events below. 

Register for Upcoming Free Training! 

Social Justice in Family Therapy

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

2-4 pm PDT | 5-7 pm EDT | 21-23 UTC/GMT

Register to save your seat and ask your questions live.

Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2 CEs will be offered for the Social Justice in Family Therapy training

Social Justice in Family Therapy

June 13, 2023

Now with 2 Hours of FREE CE!

Regularly $59!

2 CE in Diversity and Social Justice

This workshop provides an overview of the major social justice models in the field of family therapy, beginning with Gregory Bateson’s anthropological foundations to contemporary practices that address diversity, equity, and inclusion. The theories reviewed include:

    • History of Social Justice in Family Therapy
    • Critical Social Theories
    • Social Construction of Us and Them
    • Sociocultural Attunement in Family Therapy
    • Relational Responsiveness
    • Global Family Therapy
    • Just Therapy: Working with Indigenous and Native Communities
    • Sociocultural Oppression and Trauma Model
    • Residual Effects of Slavery
    • Liberation-Based Healing
    • Gender and Power in Family Therapy
    • LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy
    • Self-of-the-Therapist and Sociocultural Relational Connection

Instructor: Dr. Diane Gehart, Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling Programs at California State University, Northridge. She has authored numerous titles including Mindfulness for Chocolate Lovers: A Lighthearted Way to Stress Less and Savor More Each Day, Mindfulness and Acceptance in Couple and Family Therapy, Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy, and Theory and Treatment Planning in Counseling and Psychotherapy.

Course Goal:

By the end of this program, participants will be able to describe the main social justice models in family therapy.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to identify at least 5 early pioneers of social justice in family therapy.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the 4 elements of Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy.
  3. Participants will be able to identify at least 2 models for working with Ethnoracial issues in therapy.

CE Approval: This course has been approved for 2 hours of law and ethics continuing education by the NBCC and CAMFT.

Therapy that Works Institute programs are offered for NBCC credit (NBCC ACEP No. 7125). 

This course is approved by the Therapy that Works Institute, a California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)-approved continuing education provider (Provider #1000141).

Course CE certificates will be awarded via email within 24 hours upon completion of all course modules, course quiz, and course evaluation. 

Accommodations/Grievances: Requestions for accommodations and/or grievances related to the course should be directed to [email protected]. These communications will be responded to within 2 working days.

Access: Participants will have access to the course and free CEs through July 14, 2023. 

Cost: FREE through July 14, 2023. Course may be purchased for $59 after this date.

Dr. Diane Gehart  

Therapist | Author | Mental Health Expert


A best-selling author and award-winning educator, Dr. Diane Gehart has authored over 14 books that have been translated into numerous languages. She is the founder and director of the Therapy that Works Institute, training thousands of mental health clinicians around the globe.

Her authored works include popular books such as Mindfulness for Chocolate Lovers: A Lighthearted Way to Stress Less and Savor More Each Day and professional titles such as Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy, Theory and Treatment Planning in Counseling and PsychotherapyCollaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference, and Mindfulness and Acceptance in Couple and Family Therapy.

Her work has been featured in newspapers, radio shows, and television worldwide, including the BBC, National Public Radio, Oprah’s O Magazine, and Ladies Home Journal.

She is a Professor and Program Coordinator in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at California State University, Northridge, Adjunct Faculty at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawai'i, and maintains a private practice in the Los Angeles area.

Recent Publications

Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy, 4th Ed.

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Released April 28, 2023

This text is designed for:

  • Family therapy courses
  • Clinical skills courses
  • Practicum and fieldwork courses
  • Use across multiple courses
  • License exam preparation

Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy is designed to be an efficient and highly effective means of teaching new therapists to master the essential competencies necessary to succeed in doing couples and family therapy in the 21st century. As an instructor in an accredited program and university that is required to measure student learning, I needed something that would enable me to effectively measure student learning. Although I created comprehensive assessment systems for measuring student mastery of competencies (Gehart, 2007, 2009), I realized that in order to do so, the students needed resources that provided them with the detailed knowledge to develop real-world skills. In short, I needed something more than a text that simply offered solid but old school “book knowledge”; I needed a resource that eloquently responded to my students’ everyday training experiences and needs. This book was written to be the missing link between theory and practice that my students needed.

Free Textbook Forms Here

Collaborative-Dialogic Practice:
Relationships and Conversations that make a Difference Across Contexts and Cultures

Edited by Harlene Anderson and Diane Gehart

Have you ever wondered how to successfully communicate with someone who sees the world from an entirely different angle than you do?

Often the chasm between those holding differing views seems impossible to navigate, even with the best of intentions.

Whether you work in a boardroom, schoolroom, therapy room, or community organization, Collaborative-Dialogic Practice offers a humanizing approach to facilitating dialogues that make a difference in our fast-changing, diverse, and ever-shrinking world.

These practices encourage relationships and conversations that create a generative space and promote meaningful transformations, even in the most difficult situations. This approach involves an epistemological and mindset shift in how we think about ourselves, the people we meet, what we do together, and how we do it. Grounded in social constructionism, the main feature of the practice, the philosophical stance, guides the professional in particular ways of being, talking, thinking, and acting with others.

Rather than assuming an expert position of authoritative knowledge, collaborative practitioners use curiosity, not-knowing, and uncertainty to engage others in meaningful dialogue that generates new understandings, informing future possibilities that were previously unimagined by either person alone.

Learn More Here