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Heart for Mental Health Event

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Speaking Event

Christian Family Institute is honored to take part in the Heart for Mental Health event Friday, March 10, 2017.

Come support efforts to educate, raise awareness, learn about resources, and experience training in mental health.

Register your attendance with Dr. Roddy of Advanced Eye Care, Inc. 

Participating partners:

Southern Hills Baptist Church – Celebrate Recovery

Bright Tomorrows

Hope is Alive Mentoring Homes

Teen Challenge

Heart for Mental Health flyer

Premarital Counseling With the PREPARE/ENRICH Customized Version

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Christian Family Institute has been training mental health professionals, pastors, and lay counselors to do premarital counseling for over 30 years.  We are strong believers that such premarital preparation can improve relationships and reduce divorce rates.  One tool CFI commonly employs to strengthen relationships and marriages before they begin is the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment inventory.

I look back at the old versions of this test and am amazed at the changes that it has undergone over these many years.  I first met Dr. David Fournier, an early developer of the inventory in 1977 when he was pilot testing PREPARE in Kansas City.  Little did I know how significant our relationship would later be, and what an important role PREPARE would serve in our work.

This last year, PREPARE underwent another major revision.  It is now going to be known as PREPARE/ENRICH Customized version, instead of PREPARE 2000.  Several major changes in the instrument are immediately apparent.  One change is that all the instruments are combined.  Another change is that this version can only be taken by computer.  When a counselor agrees with a couple to utilize this version, a private login account is established allowing the parties to take the inventory online.  The initial items inquire into the status of the couple’s relationship, such as whether they are engaged, living together, or married.  Other items inquire about age and other factors.  The answers to these questions determine which banks of questions are relevant and will be administered to the couple.  Each couple takes a “custom” version of the assessment.

The outcome results are immediately obvious.  Separate reports are generated for counselors (“facilitators”) and couples.  Reports include a massive amount or information about the couple and their relationship, no matter what stage of relationship the couple may be in.  This enables couples to make important informed decisions, including commitments to grow and change.

Another important aspect of the PREPARE/ENRICH inventories is the increased emphasis on interactive feedback and therapeutic exercises.  For those trained in this approach, tools for helping couples grow are immediately available to meet the couple’s needs.

CFI will be providing workshops to train new users of the PREPARE/ENRICH Customized Version, and to update those already trained in PREPARE 2000.  Watch CFI’s website for dates and times.  Also, check out the Life Innovations website for more information.

by Dale R. Doty, M.S.W., Ph.D.

To sign up for Dr. Dale Doty’s PREPARE/ENRICH training workshop on Friday, March 28, 2014 please click here.

Advanced Marital Therapy Series – 2013 Fall Courses

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Advanced Marital Therapy Training

1st and 3rd Fridays – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

(time change for Dec 20th Ethics)

Register Here

September 6th, 2013. Mediation as a Tool in Marital Therapy – Dale R. Doty, Ph.D.

When mediation is mentioned, most people think of divorce. Mediation can also be an effective tool in resolving marital disputes. This workshop will focus on the development of mediation skills in the context of marital therapy.

September 20th, 2013 The Role of Forgiveness in Therapy – Chris Giles, M.S.

Unforgiveness of past offenses like poison to a marriage. It is difficult to identify but can do a great deal of damage. This workshop will give attendees a phase model to forgiveness in marriage.

October 4th, 2013 The Gottman Approach To Marital Therapy – Eric L. Clements, M.S.

John Gottman’s research into the inner workings of marriage is unmatched. This seminar will explore the main discoveries from his work, as well as the impact it can have, as we work with couples.

October 18th, 2013 Reproductive Issues in Couples Therapy – Amanda Harrington, Ph.D.

Many couples face reproductive issues such as postpartum depression, infertility, and pregnancy loss. These experiences can disrupt and cause significant strife in the couple relationship. In this workshop we will present a brief therapy approach to these issues.

November 1st, 2013 Suspicions of Infidelity in Marital Therapy – Dale R. Doty, Ph.D.

In some cases, a partner in marital therapy is suspicious of their spouse’s friendships, or relationships. Is it a friendship, or is it an affair? When does “friendship,” turn to betrayal? We will cover the strategy for therapy when there is denial of any wrong-doing in the face of mounting evidence.

November 15th, 2013 Marital Therapy and Personality Disorders – G. Bowden McElroy, M.Ed.

William Doherty once wrote that because so few therapists have training or experience in martial therapy, “From a consumer’s point of view, going in for couples therapy is like having your broken leg set by a doctor who skipped orthopedics in medical school.” If that’s true, then a couple where one or both have a personality disorder is like having surgery from a doctor that skipped basic anatomy. Learn what makes this complicated dynamic frustrating to couples and therapists alike and how to effectively provide marriage counseling for these couples.

December 6th, 2013 Sex Addiction: Diagnosis and Treatment – Salley Sutmiller, M.S.

Sex addiction or just bad behavior? The public discussion about that question has also found its way into therapy circles. This workshop will focus on defining and explaining sex addiction and treatment issues.

December 20th, 2013 Last Chance Ethics – William B. Berman, Ph.D. (3 hours 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Seeing couples may involve highly complex ethical dilemmas not found in other forms of therapy. This workshop will present a number of such scenarios, along for options in ethically resolving or even preventing them. Bring your own questions or ethical dilemmas for this lively discussion.

Equipping Ministers

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Equipping Ministers

Dealing with mental health issues in the church

Series of 6 workshops for pastors and those in church leadership positions, exploring the skills and current knowledge regarding mental health and relationship issues facing the local congregation.

Refresher in basic counseling skills

September 13, 2013

Presenters: Eric Clements and Chris Giles

In this session we will discuss the role of counseling in ministry, the church leader as a member of the treatment team, an overview of common psychotherapy lingo and a refresher of basic counseling skills.

Future Topics will inclu


  • Treating mood and anxiety disorders (September 27, 2013)
  • Personality disorders (October 11, 2013)
  • Marriage issues (October 25. 2013)
  • Family issues (November 8, 2013)
  • Dealing with mental health and relationship crisis (November 22, 2013)

When: Every other Friday beginning September 13th at 9:00am to 10:30am

Cost: FREE

Where: Christian Family Institute

6846 South Canton Avenue
Suite 501
Tulsa, OK 74136

Registration: Please call our office to reserve your spot 918.745.0095

Equipping Ministers Workshops

Learn How to Help Others

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013


Level I

learning-to-helpThe purpose of this class is to develop an understanding of the Biblical basis of Christian counseling, and to understand the skills and processes involved in counseling. Further, participants will practice the safe use of these skills in small groups, receiving feedback from fellow participants and instructors.

Class Dates: Mondays in April, Starting April 8th
5 Weeks – April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, and May 6th, 2013

Class Times: 7:00 p.m. to 8:45

Cost: $45.00 plus book, $12.00 = Total of $57.00

Location: Rejoice Christian High School, 12200 E. 86th Street North, Owasso, OK

Taught by: The Clinical Staff of Christian Family Institute

Dale R. Doty, M.S.W., Ph.D.
William B. Berman, Ph.D.
G. Bowden McElroy, M.Ed.
Eric L. Clements, M.S.
Salley Sutmiller, M.S.
Lois Trost, M.S.W.
Timothy Doty, Psy.D.
Krista Caveny, M.A.
Amanda Harrington, Ph.D.
Jennifer Giles, M.S.
Chris Giles, M.S.
Joe James, Psy.D.

Register Here

Sponsored by:

Christian Family Institute
6846 S. Yale, Suite 501
Tulsa, OK 74136

Rejoice Christian School
12200 E. 86th Street North
Owasso, OK 74055

Continuing Education in Ethics

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Licensed mental health professionals are required to receive between twelve and twenty hours of continuing education each year.  Three of the required hours must be in professional ethics and law.  Our profession is developing at a rapid pace.  New research and developments are occurring in defining the best practices in the field.   New rules are being formed all the time to help professionals keep up with the pace of that development.

One such area is the ethics and best practices in dealing with families caught in the web of divorce.  When divorces turn ugly, sometimes  couples invite numerous professionals into the fight.  One of the strategies employed by  divorcing couples is to make allegations about the fitness of their spouse as a parent, and seek sole custody, even threatening their partner with not being able to see their children.  When accusations include charges of physical or sexual abuse during the divorce process, many professionals become involved, including attorneys and often numerous mental health professionals.

The most damaging divorces may involve “dueling mental health professionals,” with each party hiring a professional to be on their “side,” to say good things about their client and bad things about the other spouse they may have never met.  Though clearer rules have been written in hopes of preventing mental health professionals from getting caught up in such fights, it still occurs.  When divorce fights escalate to this unfortunate point, often the professionals involved are participating in doing harm to their clients.  We are aware of tragic cases in which the parties have run up hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses, and involved many of the custody evaluators, mediators, parenting coordinators, and mental health professionals in town.

Because of this fairly common occurrence, licensing boards have expanded the codes of ethics to define proper conduct for “forensic practice.”  Also the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts recently convened a Task Force to study and develop guidelines to govern the best practices of professionals who seek to serve families during divorce.  They have previously published the Standards of Practice for custody evaluators, parenting coordinators.  Their most recent document, which is still undergoing review, is titled, “Guidelines for Court-Involved Therapists.”  For some who have extensive experience in the court process with clients divorcing, some of the content in these guidelines seem like “common sense.”  Having sat on the licensing board and having reviewed complaints against numerous therapists for violating those principles, it has led me to believe that sense and training in this area is not common.

I will be discussing these matters in an upcoming CEU workshop, sponsored by the Oklahoma Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, for professionals titled “The ethical and legal complications of treating families of divorce.”  I hope we can raise the awareness of therapists to the dangers lurking in providing services in court related cases, and how to practice within the “best practice guidelines.”  The workshop will be held on December 10th at 9:00 a.m.    For more information, check out:

Dale R. Doty, Ph.D.

PREPARE ENRICH Training video

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Announcement!  CFI has entered the video age.  We have recently posted a couple of videos.

Dr. Dale Doty discusses the benefits of PREPARE/ENRICH training for pastors, clergy, ministers, counselors, and marriage coaches who would like certification in a very useful tool.

Check back for more videos coming soon!


Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Become a qualified user of computer aided testing for your counseling practice:

This workshop is designed to enable professional counselors, graduate students, pastoral counselors, and lay leaders involved in marriage preparation and marriage enrichment to administer and interpret these computer scored diagnostic relationship inventories. This workshop will include information on the latest revisions of these inventories including online administration options, and the latest counseling tools that are effective in reducing divorce outcomes.

This workshop is designed to assist people in the Tulsa, OK area to:

– develop more effective premarriage preparation programs
– better use diagnostic testing in premarital and marital counseling
– understand the design of the highly sophisticated PREPARE and ENRICH Inventories
– give feedback to couples on the results of the computerized Couple Profile

For more information: Prepare and Enrich Brochure