Over 40 Years of Service to the Mental Health Community

MaMHCA: Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association

MaMHCA's 31st Annual Conference



Strengthening Families: Couples and Their Children

October 28, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Crowne Plaza - Boston Woburn
Woburn, MA



Up to 6 Category 1 CE Credits


Paola_work_picConference Program 1:

Love and Desire: A Closer Look into the Anatomy of Relationships

by Paola Andrea Rodriguez, LMHC


With humor and the latest research and techniques, Paola will address the most fundamental topics in couples work- communication skills, conflict resolution, and sex/sexuality. Specific strategies and exercises will be presented using examples from Paola's own experience, to enable clinicians to apply evidence based principles and successful strategies in their own work.

About the Presenter: Paola began her career in 2001, working with foster children, and a focus on addictions, crisis intervention, and family work. In 2009, she began started a private practice working with couples, and expanded her career to include trainings on couples treatment, sex and sexuality, and work within the transgender community. In 2014 Paola  earned her certification as a sex therapist from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).  In 2014, she relocated her practice Fort Lauderdale and Miami.



Conference Program 2:

Deep Waters and High Waves: Steadying the Parental Ship

by Norman Tonelli, LMHC





Being able to “captain the ship” when either parental conflict or outright sabotage is taking place, is one of the biggest challenges faced by those working with kids. And yet it is often the health of the family leadership that is the foundation of the healthy functioning of the family.  Using case studies and vignettes, Norm will share many of the successful techniques that he has developed and implemented to respond to the challenges we all face when working with families. 

About the Presenter: Norman Tonelli, LMHC, author of “Raising Great Kids-A Parent’s Guide to Building Self- Esteem in Children”, (1995) is a leading consultant on parent effectiveness and human potential development. He is an outstanding speaker with an ability to use comedy, music, impersonations and other creative avenues to educate and inspire people to grow. As developer of “Educational Entertainment", Norm employs songs, skits, impressions, poems, and stand-up comedy to address important issues of the day.