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Supervising Well During a Workforce Crisis

Friday, May 20, 2022
8:30am to 12:00pm
Location: All FBMHS Training Sites via Zoom

Community based behavioral health services, such as FBMHS,
successfully survived COVID only to find a different more serious
threat in their midst – not enough staff to do the job. Some FBMHS
programs report more than a third of staff positions currently
open and few qualified applicants. It is truly a crisis, affecting not
only families’ access to services but also the morale of those
remaining in their jobs. 

Learning Objectives:

The primary objectives of this bi-annual meeting of FBMHS supervisors and training faculty is to

    1. Create a collaborative eco-systemic understanding of the depth and breath of the problem,
    2. Determine possible ways to preserve therapists who remain
    3. Ensure they are growing and developing as family therapists so they can provide high quality care to children

This is an supervisor level workshop. The target audience is behavioral health supervisors 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.

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

Frequently Asked Questions
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Effective Supervision of Family Based Teams Working with Youth At-Risk of Self-Harm

Thursday, 4/7/22, Wellspan-Philhaven via Zoom
Thursday, 4/14/22, Norristown via Zoom
8:25am-12:35pm

Intensive in-home services, such as Family Based Mental Health (FBMH), serve youth who are at high risk for self-harm.  This training, grounded in APA best practices related to the clinical supervision of therapists working with suicidal clients, highlights applications to the unique context of community-based work.  In this treatment context, therapists are connected to the youth’s family and tend to know other important players in the youth’s life.  This, plus having an integrated crisis service built into the program adds an extra layer of support for stabilizing high-risk youth in their own homes.  This interactive training explores the challenges of interrupting the impulse of families and other systems to prematurely send youth with suicidal ideation to an inpatient hospital.  Strategies are discussed for assessing the family’s capacity for keeping a child safe and for supporting families in the process.  Discussion is also devoted to the often competing demands faced by supervisors when there is a crisis or an incident, which can involve a seeming tug-of-war between a focus on client safety, documentation, and supporting the therapists.

Objectives 

As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the three supervisory themes of best practice when working with suicidality.

  2. Identify a minimum of two responsibilities that are unique to FBMHS supervision with suicidality.

  3. List three areas of supervisory need when clients are experiencing a suicide crisis

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health supervisors 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.

Agenda

8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1 & 2
10:30am-10:45am: Break
10:45am-12:35pm: Focus on Objective 3

Frequently Asked Questions
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Right Use of Power

Friday, March 25, 2022, All Sites via Zoom
8:25am-12:35pm

Power is a highly misunderstood and loaded word, but one highly relevant to the therapeutic relationship. A power differential is always present in the therapeutic relationship, and can be used effectively, ineffectively, or even abused. The ‘right’ use of power in the therapeutic relationship involves developing an awareness of the power differential, the implications for clients and families served, and a thoughtful application of our ethical codes.

This training will challenge clinicians to rethink the definition of power and dispel myths and biases around the word that can hinder the ethical, right use of power in therapy. Clinicians will learn about relevant research about power imbalances between counselors and clients and common misuses and abuses of power. Clinicians will be provided with interactive case studies, discussions, and breakout groups to further explore the ‘right’ uses of power in a variety of clinical situations.

As a result of participating in this training, attendees will be able to:

  1. Participants will learn about common myths and biases about power that can undermine the effectiveness of individual and family therapy and develop a more adaptive definition of power 
  2. Participants will learn about the research on power differentials in the therapeutic relationship and common ways counselors underuse, overuse, misuse and abuse power with clients and families
  3. Participants will learn about the link between the ‘right’ use of power in relation to strong rapport and therapeutic alliances, engagement in treatment, and positive outcomes in individual and family therapy
  4. Participants will apply the APA and ACA code of ethics to demonstrate the right uses of power in realistic case studies, ethical dilemmas, and clinical situations relevant to family and individual counseling

Agenda

  • 8:25am-8:45am: Introductions & overview of agenda & course format
  • 8:45-10:30am:
    – Clarifying what power is, dispelling common biases, myths and misconceptions about power that can undermine treatment, and reviewing research on effective and ineffective uses of power in the therapeutic process
    – A review of common myths and biases about power that can undermine outcomes in therapy with individuals and families
    – A working definition of power as the ability to influence and direct change and literature on the power differentials present in the therapeutic relationship
    – A self-assessment of power aimed at helping attendees identify the power they have in their personal and professional lives
    – A review of 9 different types of power and those most relevant and useful to the therapeutic process, with examples and emphasis of effective/ineffective uses of power
  • 10:30-10:40am: Break
  • 10:40-12:00pm:
    – Examining power differentials in therapy, common uses, misuses, and abuses of power in the therapeutic relationship, and effective uses of power that are guided by ethical codes and guidelines
    – A discussion about the actions and approaches of effective therapists including when, why and how they use their power according to research
    – A review of the impact of right uses of power on therapeutic rapport and alliance, engagement in treatment, and outcomes in individual and family therapy
    – A review of common misuses and abuses of power in the therapeutic relationship including ethical and boundary violations
    – An examination of key components of the APA and ACA code of ethics with interactive discussions on how these apply to the ‘right use of power’ in realistic case studies, ethical dilemmas, and clinical situations
  • 12:20-12:35pm: Wrap up, summary, and Q & A

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.

About The Trainer
Hailey Shafir is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, a licensed addiction specialist, and a board-approved clinical supervisor for newly licensed mental health and addiction counselors. She has more than a decade of experience providing counseling, developing programs for at-risk youth, people struggling with addictions, and providing training and supervision for clinicians. She is the owner of several businesses including Keep Counsel, Plan-it Therapy, IndyWind, and Therapy Cred. Hailey is also a content writer and medical peer reviewer for Addictions.com, the National Drug Helpline, Choosing Therapy, Rehab Adviser, Searchlight, Social Pro Now, and other sites, and has worked to develop online recovery apps and programs for people struggling with addictions and impulse control disorders.

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.

New Supervisor Workshop: Ensuring Treatment Fidelity and Building Clinical Competencies through Supportive Supervision

Friday, 3/4/22, All Sites via Zoom
8:30am-12:30pm

This is the second of a two-part series designed for new supervisors providing Family Based supervision using the ESFT model.  The first workshop in this series covered two of the five ESFT core supervisor responsibilities: establishing positive, supportive supervisory relationships and functional teams. This workshop covers the other three:  ensuring treatment fidelity and treatment effectiveness and building clinical competency for therapists.  The supervisor role can be overwhelming at times.  That is, it can be difficult to manage all five ESFT supervisory responsibilities while also meeting the expectations of various stakeholders. The format for this training is interactive.  Participants will have the opportunity to discuss current dilemmas in carrying out and balancing their multiple supervisory responsibilities. 

Objectives:

As a result of participating in this training, supervisors will be able to:  

  1. Identify two benefits of using ESFT fidelity tools in supervision 
  2. Describe strategies for using session videotape review in supervision in conjunction with the PA FBMHS Therapeutic Adherence Scale to develop clinical competency
  3. Demonstrate techniques for providing supportive feedback to supervisees

Agenda
8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-3

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health supervisors 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.

Identifying the Key Elements of Effective ESFT Supervision

Thursday, January 6, 2022 at Norristown Via Zoom workshop
Friday, January 7, 2022 at Philhaven Via Zoom workshop
8:30am to 12:30pm

Clinical supervision in ESFT is grounded in best practice standards that inform all supervision practice, regardless of treatment model. However, there are also additional supervision practices that are unique to therapists implementing a systemic treatment model with high-risk children and families working in intensive, in-home family-based settings. This interactional workshop identifies these elements through videotape review and discussion.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this training, supervisors will be able to:

  1. Identify general supervisory best practices
  2. Identify effective supervisory practices unique to ESFT
  3. Apply knowledge of effective practices in videotape review

Agenda
8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-3

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health supervisors 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.