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Translating ESFT Fundamentals into Clinical Practice 2021-2022

Guest Instructors:
Adam Boguski, MDiv
Jorge Colapinto, LMFT
Andrew Fussner, MSW
Frani Pollack, PhD

Altoona Site:  8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Central PA Site: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

In cases presented for consultations in these clinicals, the key focus is on supporting therapists’ skills in applying the fundamentals of ESFT in their work.  The focus is on learning to see, think, do, and be with families in ways that are consistent with the model. This means that case discussions are grounded in the identification of the family’s negative interactional cycle. Significant attention is given to helping therapists recognize patterns, both positive and negative, observed in videotapes of treatment sessions, then translate their observations to a systemic conceptualization and treatment plan. Mini-didactics are provided to deepen and extend therapists’ understanding of basic systemic concepts and principles.

As a result of participating in these clinicals, therapists will be able to:

  1. Identify family beliefs and see interactional patterns maintaining or exacerbating identified problems
  2. Maintain an empathic, collaborative, strength-based attitude with family members and community providers
  3. Clarify treatment focus and select appropriate systemic interventions
  4. Conceptualize problems and their solutions in systemic terms.
  5. Demonstrate strategies for obtaining caregiver “buy-in” to a relational frame of the problem and its solution.

This series counts toward required annual training hours in Family Based Mental Health Services, but is not currently available for CE credit.

Agenda (Altoona)
8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-3
12:30-1:30pm: Break
1:30-4:00pm: Objectives 4-5

Agenda (Central PA)
8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-5

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within an Ecosystemic Family Therapy Model. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.

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Attuning to Emotional Processes 2021-2022

8:30 am to 3:30 pm

During interaction with one another and with the therapists, family members often experience frequent fluctuations in their comfort level. There is often significant anxiety. To be most effective, it is critical that therapists attune to and track these fluctuations in family member emotional states.  When family members feel therapists are in sync with them, the alliance becomes stronger, and they become more open to trying to connect and relate differently in sessions.  When therapists notice family member emotional states, they are better able to foster positive interactions between family members and reduce blame and judgment.   The main goal of this workshop is to help therapists understand the concepts of anxiety, negative emotional states, and emotional regulation, and how they show themselves in family relationships.  In cases presented for case consultation, Dr. Pollack draws on her training in Emotionally Focused therapy and attachment theory to help therapists look beneath family member behavioral presentations, identify underlying emotional states, and help family members to practice connecting more authentically.   Therapists will be asked to reflect on their own emotions and reactions toward family members. Guidance is provided on how this personal awareness can be used to move the therapy forward.

As a result of participating in these clinicals, therapists will be able to:

  1. Explain the role of anxiety and emotion regulation in negative interactions in families
  2. Recognize clues that a family member is experiencing anxiety in sessions and needs additional support
  3. Attune to fluctuations in one’s emotions and how this shapes responses to family members in sessions
  4. Identify emotion-based strategies for establishing an empathic connection between caregivers and their children
  5. Recognize patterns of closeness and distance in family relationships
  6. Create and maintain a positive emotional connection with all members of the family

This clinical series counts toward required annual training hours in Family Based Mental Health Services, but is not currently available for CE credit.

Agenda
8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-4
12:30-1:30pm: Break
1:30-3:30pm: Objectives 5-6

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within an Ecosystemic Family Therapy Model. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.

Frequently Asked Questions
Visit our FBMHS Policies & FAQs for additional information regarding the CFBT online learning center, accommodations for disabilities, reporting problems with the course, instructions for viewing webinars, etc.

Systemic Intervention 2021-2022

8:30am to 3:30pm

In cases presented for consultation in these clinicals, the central focus is on seeing process in family interactions.  Based on review of videotapes of family therapy sessions, participants are given the opportunity to recognize pattern, create systemic hypotheses and consider how best to intervene.  Attention is given to recognizing common family patterns such as complementarity, triangulation, conflict-detouring, etc.  Focus is also given to larger system impacts on the family. Systems theory is explained and systemic interventions, such as enactments and reframing, are demonstrated.  Therapists are encouraged to take an active, facilitative role in sessions, seizing upon opportunities to help family members interact in more functional patterns with one another.

As a result of participating in these clinicals, therapists will be able to:

1, Adopt a stance of respectful curiosity and supportive challenge.
2. Identify and map family and larger system relational patterns that maintain the presenting problems.
3. Locate latent family strengths and resources that can be mobilized to effect positive change.
4. Formulate a systemic, contextual explanation of the problems and share it with the family.
5. Expand the family’s experience of the possible by setting up and facilitating pattern-transforming enactments.

This clinical series counts toward required annual training hours in Family Based Mental Health Services, but is not currently available for CE credit.

Agenda
8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-3
12:30-1:30pm: Break
1:30-3:30pm: Objectives 4-5

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within an Ecosystemic Family Therapy Model. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.

Frequently Asked Questions
Visit our FBMHS Policies & FAQs for additional information regarding the CFBT online learning center, accommodations for disabilities, reporting problems with the course, instructions for viewing webinars, etc.

Affect in Family Therapy 2021-2022

8:30am to 3:30pm

In cases presented for consultation in these clinicals, patterns of interaction in the family are highlighted with an emphasis on how members signal one another with various affective expressions. Through videotape analysis, participants are given the opportunity to practice attuning to and interpreting the meaning of family member interactions. Particular focus is given to the therapist’s affect and how family members make meaning of it.   Participants are given the opportunity through case discussion and role play to practice using their affective expressions to deepen the therapeutic alliance, establish leadership and structure in sessions, work with closeness-distance, and challenge boundaries.

As a result of participating in these clinicals, therapists will be able to:

  1. Create and maintain a positive emotional connection (therapeutic alliance) with all family members in sessions
  2. Identify strategies for gauging and highlighting distance and closeness between family members in sessions
  3. Recognize and highlight boundary problems in sessions
  4. Demonstrate how the tone of voice, physical proximity, and humor can be used to raise or lower emotional intensity and punctuate pattern in sessions
  5. Describe strategies for shifting alliances in sessions to keep family members engaged and active with one another
  6. Implement interventions guided by a well-defined systemic hypothesis about what maintains the problem

This series counts toward required annual training hours in Family Based Mental Health Services, but is not currently available for CE credit.

Agenda
8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-4
12:30-1:30pm: Break
1:30-3:30pm: Objectives 5-6

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within an Ecosystemic Family Therapy Model. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.

Frequently Asked Questions
Visit our FBMHS Policies & FAQs for additional information regarding the CFBT online learning center, accommodations for disabilities, reporting problems with the course, instructions for viewing webinars, etc.

ESFT Case Seminar 2021-2022

8:30am-12:30pm

This series is designed to demonstrate how to integrate the various components of the ESFT model and apply it with fidelity.  Cases are presented by family based therapists who are more advanced in their training (third year trainees), providing opportunities for therapists at all levels of training and development to see how the model works across a wide variety of families and problems.  Focus is given to ESFT case conceptualization, the facilitative posture of the therapist toward the family, the influence of child and family psychology on problems and their solutions, and the assessment of personal effectiveness in sessions.  How the six core ESFT mechanisms of change are applied in sessions are highlighted, with ideas about how they can be strengthened.  This seminar serves as a good place for therapists nearing capstone to present their work, receive feedback about their progress and fine tune their skills.

In the clinical cases presented, as a result of the discussions, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify interactional patterns (the relational context) maintaining or exacerbating problems
  2. Identify how the child’s lagging skills and/or psychology impact his/her behavior  
  3. Identify the ESFT core mechanisms of change in sessions
  4. Identify strategies for effectively facilitating more functional, emotionally meaningful conversations between family members in sessions
  5. Identify signs of intervention effectiveness in sessions

This series counts toward required annual training hours in Family Based Mental Health Services, but is not currently available for CE credit.

Agenda
8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-5

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within an Ecosystemic Family Therapy Model. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.

Frequently Asked Questions
Visit our FBMHS Policies & FAQs for additional information regarding the CFBT online learning center, accommodations for disabilities, reporting problems with the course, instructions for viewing webinars, etc.