Category Archives: Family Based Mental Health

Advanced Training in Family Based Treatment 2014-2015

C. Wayne Jones, Ph.D.
Tara Byers, MS, NCC, LPC

This 4 part, 24-hour team-taught series is offered between September, 2014 and June, 2015 at Philhaven in Mt. Gretna, PA and Pennsylvania Counseling Services in Lebanon, PA.

This 24 hour, four-part series, is designed for the Family Based practitioner who has completed both Foundations and Core training hours, and who have established competency in applying the operationalized Eco-Systemic Family Based treatment-model. Therapists who have completed their hours and whose supervisors deem them “capstone ready” are also eligible to participate in this series. he focus is on strengthening and fine-tuning skill-sets associated with the seven core Family Based clinical competencies across a wide variety of children and families  These skill-sets include: therapeutic leadership, collaboration and accountability, systemic conceptualization, facilitative stance, systemic intervention, identifying relational patterns, and cultivating a therapeutic alliance.  Learning is fostered through viewing, analyzing and discussing within small groups videotaped therapy sessions of the therapist’s own work, that of colleagues, and demonstrations from “the best of Family Based treatment” library.

In order for each attendee to the most out this training, everyone should bring blank copies of the FB Treatment Adherence Scale, the Brief Session Self-Monitoring tool, and the 8 verification forms that contain the full set of skills associated with the Core Family Based Competencies (this will be for reference only).  Presenters are encouraged to bring in multiple video segments form multiple sessions. 

This series is designed to help therapists:1) describe and identify the skill-sets comprising each of the seven core Family Based Competencies, 2) objectively and accurately analyze their sessions using the Brief Self-Monitoring version of the seven core Family Based Competencies and the Adherence Scale, and 3) objectively and accurately assess their effectiveness, both within individual sessions and across sessions. This series is designed to help graduated therapists who still need to establish competency to do so successfully.

Making the Most of Team-Based Collaborative Treatment

Tara Byers, MS, NCC, LPC
Marlene Reiff, LCSW, LMFT
C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Friday, September 19th, 2014,  Philhaven Conference Center, Mt Gretna, PA
Thursday, September 25th, 2014, NHS, Colmar, PA
Friday, September 26th, 2014, Giant Community Room, Linglestown, PA

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

$125, 6.0 CE

The importance of cultivating a sense of partnership, working collaboratively with children and families is fundamental in family based treatment.  Too often, however this important relational stance is  given less attention to the other members of the treatment system, such as the therapists’ relationships with their co-therapist team partner, their supervisors and other professionals involved in the family’s life.  Teaming with others can be one of the most personally challenging components of family based treatment.  This workshop identifies the nature of successful teams and the empirical link between collaboration and treatment outcomes. Strategies are described for utilizing co-therapist teams to maximize the potency of the treatment with families.  Particular attention is given to the co-therapy and supervisor team.  Highlighted are the skills, attitudes and stages associated with the development of professional teams. Particular focus is given to common pitfalls and the signs therapists can look for to determine if they are working as a team. Strategies for team building and negotiating conflict are provided.

This workshop is designed to help you: 1) describe the elements of successful co-therapy teams, 2) describe the elements of successful therapist-supervisor relationships,  3) identify personal conflict management style, 4) identify strategies for fostering collaboration with other agency professionals, 5) identify constructive strategies for negotiating interpersonal conflict and 6) develop strategies for maximizing the use of co-therapy teams to both enhance therapy skills and help families meet their treatment goals.

Supervising Family Based Treatment 2014-2015

C. Wayne Jones, Ph.D.

Half-day sessions are 3.5 CE each and whole day sessions are 6.5 CE

This 30 hour series offers supervisors an opportunity to apply the concepts, methods, and supervisory tools they have learned to the therapists and teams they supervise – within the unique context of their agency.  A combination of half-day and whole-day sessions are held at each of the four training sites from September through June.  The small group nature of the series allows supervisors to present videos, obtain personalized feedback, reflect upon their work, and practice new skills in a supportive atmosphere. Focus is given to supervisory strategies and methods for fostering in their supervisees a deeper understanding of families, larger systems, attachment, self regulation, and the effects of trauma.

The series is designed to help supervisors: 1) establish a positive, meaningful, and effective relationship with their supervisees; 2) accurately assess clinical skills of their supervisees and provide feedback to them, 3) use contracting and goal setting; and 4) use videotaping, role playing, and other supervisory methods effectively.

The Fundamentals of Family Based Treatment 2014-2015

Marlene Reiff, LCSW, LMFT, Michael Russell, M.S. & Frani Pollack, Ph.D.

This 7 part, 42-hour series is offered at Philhaven in Mt Gretna, PA and at NHS in Colmar, PA.
Each session is 6.0 CE hours.

This series is designed for therapists in their first 12 to 18 months of training in the operationalized version of ESFT as applied to FBMHS. It is practice based, emphasizing the basics of the model, such as reading interactional pattern, systemic conceptualization of cases, creating a therapeutic alliance in families, and using the core assessment tools (Genogram, Eco-Maps, and the Time-line) to develop hypotheses. In each session, participants are engaged in real-world applications of basic skills through two to three organized case presentations. Each case presentation follows a standardized assessment protocol (the ITP) and a standardized treatment planning process (RTP) based on the treatment manual – Setting the Stage for Change: In-Home Family Based Treatment. Teaching methods include mini-didactics, video tape presentations, and role plays.

This series is designed to help the therapist:1) identify family interactional patterns, 2) create therapeutic alliances, 3) hypothesize using Genogram, Eco-Map, and Time-Line information, and 4) develop systemic case conceptualizations.

Core Applications of Family Based Treatment 2014-2015

C. Wayne Jones, Ph.D., Jorge Colapinto, LMFT, & Andy Fussner, M.S.W.

This 14 part, 72-hour team-taught series is offered at four different locations between September, 2014 and June, 2015: Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA; Philhaven in Mt. Gretna, PA; Pennsylvania Counseling Services in Lebanon, PA, and Northwestern Human Services of Montgomery County in Colmar, PA.

The focus of this multi-session practice-based series is on building assessment and intervention skills in the operationalized version of the Eco-Systemic Structural approach to family based mental health services, as outlined in the published treatment manual – Setting the Stage for Change: In Home Family Based Treatment. In each of these applied clinical sessions, real-world applications are demonstrated through two to three organized case presentations. Each case presentation follows a standardized assessment protocol (the ITP) and a standardized treatment planning process (RTP). Emphasis is given to recognizing relevant individual, family and community patterns believed to be amplifying symptoms and inhibiting the development of recovery. Recommended interventions are observed via video tapes, and then rehearsed via role plays. The theoretical and research foundation for choosing one intervention over another is provided.

This series is designed to help the therapist:1) analyze family interactional patterns to identify strengths and vulnerabilities, 2) create therapeutic alliances, 3) design meaningful relational treatment plans to help children recover, and 4) select and utilize effective strategies for intervention. These strategies include a) those that strengthen individual family member skills in effectively modulating negative emotions and behavior, b) those that strengthen caregivers’ empathy and support toward their children, c) those that strengthen caregivers’ parenting skills, and d) those that re-structure and strengthen the caregivers’ relationships with one another and others in their extended network.