FCT National Conference 2018

The inaugural Family Centered Treatment National Conference was a huge success!

“The conference was excellent; breakout sessions were relevant and rejuvenating….”  

Attendees hailed from 14 different States/Provinces and represented 25 different organizations and universities. We were excited to provide a diverse range of topics relating to FCT and family-based services including; attachment, trauma, supervision & leadership, research & design and much more.

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Featured speakers


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Dr. Sue Johnson

Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment. Sue has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. In 2016, she was named Psychologist of the Year by APA, and has been honored by AAMFT for her Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy.

As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson has created for the general public, a self-help version of her groundbreaking research about relationships – how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them.

Her most recent book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships outlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love – based on new scientific evidence and cutting-edge research.

Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 50 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT.

She lives in Ottawa with her husband. She adores Argentine tango and kayaking on Canada’s northern lakes.

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Dr. Richard Kagan

Dr. Kagan provides consultation and training on treatment of complex trauma and developing trauma-informed service systems. He has had extensive leadership experience in non-profit child and family services as director of professional development, QI, research, and psychological services and has served as the principal investigator for two SAMHSA funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) grants. Dr. Kagan has also served on the NCTSN Steering Committee, the NCTSN Affiliate Advisory Board, the NCTSN Complex Trauma and Child Welfare Committees, and co-led development of the NCTSN curriculum, Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Traumatic Stress. He was formerly Director of Research and Consultation for the Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute at Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, New York, a NCTSN community services site since 2002.

Dr. Kagan’s presentations, articles, and books highlight practical and innovative approaches that practitioners and organizations can utilize to help children and families strengthen resilience and reduce traumatic stress. Publications include 44 articles, chapters, and papers on practice and research issues in trauma therapy, child welfare, foster care, adoption, training implementation, program evaluation, and quality improvement and ten books including The Real Life Heroes Toolkit for Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Families.

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Dr. John Sullivan

Dr. Sullivan is one of the original developers of the Family Centered Treatment model and is the Founder of both the Institute for Family Centered Services and the not-for-profit FCT Foundation.  For the past 30 years, strengthening families within their communities has been a professional driving force for John. His work continues to focus on the elimination of unnecessary out of home placements for children and family members. 

John’s  bachelors, masters, and doctoral studies all involved a blend of clinical studies, organization psychology, and business courses. His academic focus has always been  on finding the best ways to create systems change at all levels.

From 1989 to 2011, John helped to lead the development of a private national system of care. This agency, The Institute for Family Centered Services, focused on serving populations that appeared resistant to traditional services.  As a result, John along with colleagues, were motivated  to develop effective and pragmatic partnerships with families and community support systems. that led to the development of the FCT model. From this Practice-based Evidence evolved the FCT model, and was the foundation for John’s doctoral research and the the numerous research initiatives that continue to grow.  John’s experiences in nursing, as a therapeutic house parent, a peer group therapist, residential treatment program director, and national consultant have kept his leadership grounded. In all positions he always paid constant attention to the point of service delivery. 

In addition to his work promoting FCT, he has started businesses in other fields such as solar energy, management consulting, and motorsports. He is currently involved in  auto racing and instructing (with his wife Melonie), volunteering on various Boards, outdoor sports, travel, and spiritual studies.