Education & Experience

BRIAN C. KENNEDY M.A., LMFT

1800 Cooper Pt. Rd. SW #18B
Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 352-1668 office
(360) 705-1350 fax

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

1995 Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy  Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington

1987 Bachelor of Science, Developmental Psychology  Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington

1987 Bachelor of Arts, Applied (counseling) Psychology  Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington

1984 Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts  Spokane Community College, Spokane, Washington

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Clinical Psychotherapist  Private Practice Olympia, Washington

Dec. 1996-Present Practicing individual, marriage and family therapy in a full-time private practice.  Utilize healing and strength-based treatment modalities to bring about symptom reduction, individual and systemic change in a safe, comfortable treatment context.  Work with couples issues, depression, anxiety, work and stress-related issues, emotional intimacy issues, anger management, trauma-related symptoms, sexual dysfunction, teen-parent problems and various other individual and relational difficulties.

Clinical Supervisors or Consultants: Dr. Richard Schwartz of The Center for Self Leadership, (AAMFT Approved Supervisor) Doug Anderson Ph.D., (AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor)

Clinical Psychotherapist  Behavioral Medicine Clinic Aberdeen, Washington

October 1998 to June 2001 Practiced individual, marriage and family therapy in a part-time private practice.  Utilized healing and strength-based treatment modalities to bring about symptom reduction, individual and systemic change in a safe, comfortable treatment context.  Worked with couples issues, depression, anxiety, work and stress-related issues, emotional intimacy issues, anger management, trauma-related symptoms, sexual dysfunction, teen-parent problems and various other individual and relational difficulties.

Clinical Supervisors or Consultants: Dr. Richard Schwartz of The Center for Self Leadership, (AAMFT Approved Supervisor) Doug Anderson Ph.D., (AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor) Carol Libby Livingston (AASECT sex therapy consultant)

Clinical Psychotherapist  The Evergreen State College  Health Services Counseling Center  Olympia, Washington

Jan. 1999 to October 1999 Practiced clinical-individual psychotherapy with TESC students in the Student Health Services Counseling Center.  Utilized strength-based models of treatment to bring about symptom  reduction and personal growth.  Treatment modalities utilized were narrative, internal  family systems (parts-therapy), solution-focused therapy and Bowenian family-of-origin therapy.  Presenting problems represented a variety of clinical and diagnostic  areas.  Supervised the clinical work of master’s level counseling interns.

Clinical Supervisors: Kathleen O’Shaunessy Ph.D. (Licensed Psychologist) Doug Anderson Ph.D. (AAMFT Approved Supervisor)

Clinical Therapist  Good Samaritan Mental Health Center  Puyallup, Washington

Oct. 95-Nov. 97 Practiced clinical-individual, and family-focused therapy. Responsibilities included:  on-going case-management which involved developing treatment plans, assessment and intervention, writing managed care funding requests, consulting and collaborating  with staff psychiatrist, and other professionals, and making DSM-IV diagnostic  evaluations.

Clinical Supervisors: Doug Anderson Ph.D., (AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor) Bill Collins Ph.D., (AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor) Linda Barson M.A., (AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor)

Family Therapist  Comprehensive Mental Health  Tacoma, Washington

April 1996 to November 1996

Practiced strength/solution-focused family and individual therapy in a community-based  mental health clinic.  Responsibilities include assessment, diagnosis, treatment plan development, managed care funding authorization requests, therapeutic intervention, development of child and family teams and various other clinical duties. Therapeutic practice relied on structural/strategic, Bowenian and narrative theories.

Clinical Supervisors: Doug Anderson Ph.D. Bill Collins Ph.D.

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern  Pacific Lutheran University    Good Samaritan Mental Health Clinic  Tacoma, Washington.   Puyallup, Washington

September 1994 to December 1995 Practiced brief, strength-based therapy with private-pay and publicly funded individuals, couples, and families with children in a community-based mental health clinic.  Presenting problems worked with represented a variety of DSM-IV diagnosis and other family relational difficulties. Caseload consisted of 12-15 clients and client families.

Clinical Supervisors: Cheryl Storm Ph.D., (AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor) Teresa McDowell M.A. (AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor) Ron Lewis M.A., (AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor)

Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor  Department of Social and Health Services  Region Five Juvenile Parole Office, Tacoma, Washington

September 1992 to March 1994

Assisted in the implementation of casework for juvenile parolees.  This casework  involved meeting with families to assess needs and develop case plans, and being involved in staffings for youth with various care providers from many state and  county social service organizations to assess and develop case plans.

Developed an experientially based counseling program for juvenile offenders.  Collaborated with other professionals in the social work and mental health fields in an effort to provide an integrative, state-of-the-art approach with youth involved in this program.

Chief Instructor Pacific Crest Outward Bound School  Portland, Oregon

January 1989 to September 1992

Counseling/Instructing

Provided leadership and vision for adult and youth Outward Bound participants  during 22-day Outward Bound courses.  Facilitated therapeutic group meetings and  counseled participants on a daily basis.  Conducted parenting skills seminars.   Provided training for staff in the use of a social skills training program.

Development

Designed social and living skills program which included writing a social skills training handbook used by participants and accompanying manual used as a  curriculum guide/resource by instructors.  Collaborated with three other senior staff  members to develop parenting skills seminars for up to 60 parents.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS AND AFFILIATIONS

Current Clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Current Clinical member of the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Current Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Washington State Department of Health  License # 020705  LF00000884

Current Member of the Southwest Washington Association of Behavioral Health.

Current Member of the Internal Family Systems Association

PRESENTATIONS/PROFESSIONALCLINICAL ACTIVITIES:

2008
Publication in the Journal of Self Leadership. “Standing at the Edge of the Abyss: Risk Taking, Transcendence and the Art of Letting Go”.

2009

“The Intergenerational Transmission of Core Values in Clinical Supervision”. A workshop presentation for Clinical Supervisors. Sponsored by the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Washington Association of Pastoral Counselors. Presentation with Doug Anderson, Ph.D., Merle Jordan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus Boston University, and Julia Bagley, M.A., LMHC,

2004

“Standing at the Edge of the Abyss: Transcendence, Risk Taking and IFS”.  Workshop presentation at the 13th annual Internal Family Systems Conference.

2003-2004

Presentation to the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program at Pacific Lutheran University.  Internal Family Systems therapy.

2001

Presentation to Community Youth Services therapeutic staff.  “Releasing the Self: Paths to Inner Healing”.  A day long workshop in the Internal Family Systems Therapy Model.

2001

Presentation to the Region Three membership of the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  “What Licensure Means for You”.

2001-2004

Former Chair of the Washington State Department of Health Mental Health Advisory Commission for Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Social Workers and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.

2000-2001

Appointed to Thurston County Commissioners Advisory Board for Children Youth and Families (Partners)

2004-2006

Lead Trainer for the Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) One Year Basic Clinical Training.  Seattle, WA

2000-2003

Former board member and Treasurer of the Southwest Washington Association of Behavioral Health.

1999-2001

Legislative Committee Chair Person for the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.  Working with the state legislature, Washington State Department of Health, Washington State mental health associations and other provider groups, to change the current certification law to a Licensure law regulating the practice of masters level mental health providers.

1999-2001

Board member for the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

1997

Provided a comprehensive, 12-week training on the clinical application of Narrative therapy for out-patient mental health clinicians at Good Samaritan Mental Health Services.  This training included lecture, video presentation, role playing, and case consultation.

1996-1997

Past member of the Washington chapter of the AAMFT student/associate committee which works to provide training, workshops and peer networking possibilities for student/associate members of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

1995-1997

Completed the requirements for Clinical status with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  These requirements involved, two years of weekly clinical supervision under the instruction of Dr. Doug Anderson.

1993-1995

Completed the requirements of a nationally accredited Marriage and Family Therapy  graduate program which consisted of, in conjunction with course work, 500 hours  of psychotherapy practice under the direct supervision of Dr. Cheryl Storm or other  AAMFT approved clinical supervisors.  Completed 100 hours of videotape supervision, case supervision or, supervision from behind a  one-way mirror.   Received a 3.91 grade point average.

CLINICAL TRAININGS AND WORKSHOPS

2001

The Trainers Training.  Four day training for clinician/trainers in the presentation and facilitation of the Internal Family Systems Therapy model.

2000-2001

Internal Family Systems Therapy-Advanced Clinical Training.   One year post-graduate clinical training facilitated and taught by Dr. Richard Schwartz and Dr. Michi Rose.  Seattle, WA.

2000

The Sexual Crucible.  Two-day clinical training focused on the application of sex therapy.  Facilitated by Dr. David Schnarch.  San Diego, CA.

1999-2000

Internal Family Systems Therapy-two year clinical training.  Two year post graduate clinical training facilitated and taught by Dr. Richard Schwartz and Dr. Michi Rose.   Seattle, WA

1998

Working with Angry Couples.  Two-day seminar on Internal Family Systems  Therapy and its application with couples.  Presentation by Dr. Richard Schwartz  from the Family Institute at Northwestern University.  Seattle, WA.

1998

Defining Self in One’s Own Family.  Two-day presentation on Bowenian family  therapy by Michael Kerr from Georgetown University.  Vancouver, BC.

1997

Narrative Therapy Lives Richly Described.  Presentation by Michael White.  Seattle, WA.

1997

Spiritual Presence in Psychotherapy.  One-day workshop instructed by Dr. Doug  Anderson.  Dr. Anderson is the Department Chair for Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University.  Seattle, WA.

1996

Brief Therapy for Managed Care:  Two-day workshop instructed by Cloe Madanes of the Family Therapy Institute of Washington DC.  This workshop focused on the practice of brief strategic therapy with children, adolescents and adults.  Seattle,WA.

1996

Symbolic Experiential Therapy.  Workshop instructed by Dr. Kevin Peterson past president of the WAMFT.  Seattle, WA.

1995

53rd annual American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy national conference:  Anchoring Families, Building Community.  Five-day conference.   Baltimore, MD.

1995

When The Body Speaks.  Two-day seminar focused on the practice of Narrative and  Collaborative therapy with families and individuals.  Instructed by Drs. John and  Emily Griffith.  Seattle, WA

1995

Narrative Therapy.  Workshop presented by Dr. Bill Collins.  Dr. Collins is on the  faculty of Presbyterian Counseling Service’s MFT post-graduate training program.  Seattle, WA.

1994

52nd annual American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy national conference:  The Challenge of Change, Forging our Future.  Five-day conference  focused on the practice of marriage and family therapy.  Chicago, IL.

1993

Working With High-Risk Children: Engaging The Soul Of The Disengaged  System.  One-day workshop instructed by Jay Lappin M.S.W., A.C.S.W. from the  Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic.  Tacoma, WA.

  • Circumstances

    • Relationship Issues
    • Major Life Changes
    • Separation/Divorce Physical/Emotional Abuse
    • Sexual Abuse/AssaultTraumaParenting
    • Loss

    • Death/Dying

    • Sexual Issues

    • Difficultly Sleeping

    • Spiritual Crisis

    • Spiritual Development

  • Behaviors

    • Socially Withdrawn From Others
    • Avoidance, Aggression: emotional/verbal/physical
    • Compulsive or Obsessive use of: alcohol, drugs, food, T.V., sex, computer, shopping
    • Child/Adolescent Problems
    • Obsessive
    • Impulsive
    • Hyperactive
    • Distractibility
    • Self Harm
  • Emotions

    • Depression

    • Anxiety/Worry/Panic

    • Agitation/Anger/Frustration

    • Sadness/Despair

    • Grief

    • Hopelessness

    • Fear/Terror

    • Mood Swings

    • Anger

    • Shame/Guilt

    • Loneliness

  • Thoughts


    • Difficulty with concentration/attention

    • Recurrent/intrusive thoughts

    • I am worthless

    • I am always scared

    • I can’t do anything right

    • I’m not lovable

    • Everything is my fault

    • I’m alone

    • I’ll always feel this way

    • It will always be this way