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Shifting Negative Family Patterns Through Facilitated Enactments

Friday, 4/22/22, Wellspan-Philhaven via Zoom
Thursday, 4/28/22, Norristown via Zoom
8:25am-1:10pm

Children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral issues (and their families) can become entrenched in negative interactional patterns that perpetuate and exacerbate high-risk behavior.  ESFT treatment, using enactments, disrupts and shifts these negative interactional patterns to more functional ones.  This training builds upon the Winter workshop,  Identifying Family Patterns Through Facilitated Enactments, which introduced enactments and how to use them in family assessment.  This workshop describes three types of change–inducing enactments.  Videotaped sessions demonstrate how to use different types of enactments in family treatment.  An emphasis is placed on having a systemic case conceptualization guiding family sessions.  A systemic case conceptualization enables family therapists to recognize key negative patterns when they occur and then use enactments to create more functional relationships.  Four phases of enactment are explained and demonstrated: setting the stage, giving the directive, keeping the conversation on track, and helping the family process and make meaning of the enactment.

Objectives 

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

  1. Describe enactments and when to use them in treatment
  2. Show the link between having a clear systemic case conceptualization and effective enactments
  3. Identify and describe three types of change-inducing enactments
  4. Explain actions involved in the four phases of an enactment

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.

Agenda

8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1 & 2
10:30am-10:45am: Break
10:45am-1:10pm: Focus on Objectives 3 & 4

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Using Genograms & Timelines to Highlight Family Patterns

Thursday, December 16, 2021, Norristown via Zoom
Friday, December 17, 2021, Philhaven via Zoom
8:25am-1:10pm

Genograms and Timelines are two clinical interviewing tools that have a long and rich history in family therapy practice.  They are useful both in assessment and in creating a relational frame for intervention.  As an assessment, a genogram interview helps therapists identify who is in the larger family system and the pivotal events that have created personal and relational challenges for family members. The genogram creates an opportunity for family members whose perspective has been constrained by survival instincts to see themselves as part of a larger family stems with a shared history.   The timeline places presenting symptoms in a historical and relational context. 

 This workshop demonstrates how to conduct both a relational timeline interview and a genogram interview.  A basic symbol legend is described for constructing a three-generational genogram.  In addition, a method for highlighting qualitative dimensions of family relationships, the Genogram Based Interaction Measure (Browning, Hull & Rozovsky) is introduced and demonstrated.  This workshop uses videotapes to demonstrate a genogram interview.  Connecting the genogram to specific case conceptualization will be discussed. Workshop participants’ genograms, based on their current cases, will be shared to demonstrate analysis and interpretation of genogram data.

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

  1. Explain the role of genograms and timelines in family assessment and family treatment
  2. Utilize the genogram as a tool in forming a case conceptualization
  3. Describe how to introduce the genogram and timeline interviews to families
  4. Describe the basic genogram symbol legend and the expanded genogram-based interaction measure.
  5. Describe how to conduct a timeline interview so it evokes empathy in caregivers and reframes presenting problem as relational.

Agenda

8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1-2
10:30am-10:45am: Break
10:45am-1:10pm: Focus on Objectives 3-5

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.

About Scott Browning, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Browning is a professor in the Department of in the Department of Professional Psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.  He is a noted authority on psychological treatment with stepfamilies, families of homicide, and families on the spectrum.  He has published numerous books, chapters and articles on these topics, as well as on the genogram.  Dr. Browning is a diplomat in couple and family psychology and is part of the clinical training team of the National Stepfamily Resource Center.  In 2017 Dr. Browning was given an award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Psychology by division 43 of the American Psychological Association.

Frequently Asked Questions
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Recognizing & Responding to Intimate Partner Violence

Friday, October 29, 2021, Philhaven via Zoom
Thursday, November 4, 2021, Norristown via Zoom
8:25am-1:10pm

The US is currently experiencing simultaneous public health issues.  The COVID crisis is obvious but the other crisis, trauma created and maintained by patterns of violence, is often less visible and gets too little attention.  Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is of pandemic proportions, which means it’s very likely that therapists working in intensive, in-home, family-based programs encounter it regularly.   IPV creates adverse childhood experiences as well as significant life adversity for adults, both of which are social determinants of health linked to chronic disease, poor health outcomes, and premature death.  And these effects impact caregivers’ parenting.  Utilizing a trauma focused lens, this training explores contributing factors of IPV, including what many families describe as generational curses related to IPV.  This training highlights the contexts that maintain and perpetuate these “curses” involving the intergenerational transmission of this form of violence.  Videos and case scenarios are utilized to help identify different types of IPV, the structural and systemic issues that intersect with IPV, and the indicators for predicting lethality. 

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

  1. Explain the link between IPV, adverse childhood experiences, and the long-term adverse effects on adult physical, emotional, and relational health. 
  2. Describe the Cycle of Violence 
  3. Describe the role of intersectionality and systemic structural issues that contribute to re-traumatization of individuals and families seeking services and support
  4. Explain the role of stigma and the concept of generational curses in the intergenerational transmission of IPV  
  5. Identify types and lethality indicators for IPV  

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is all 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.

Agenda

8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1-2
10:30am-10:45am: Break
10:45am-1:10pm: Focus on Objectives 3-5

About The Trainer

Lisa Christian is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University.  She completed a post graduate training program in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center (PCFTTC) where she is a faculty member.  She is employed full time at the Anti Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) and has been working in the area of victim’s services for the past 5-years.  At AVP she provides in-office individual and family therapy as well as in school counseling, trauma focused crisis response, clinical consultation, training and support to middle/high school students and faculty impacted by violence and violent crime. She also provides clinical supervision, training and support to the Philadelphia (CARES) Peer Crisis Response Program.  Prior to her work in victim services, she worked in varied capacities with homeless adolescents and families for 26-years. She has an extensive background as a trainer, group and workshop facilitator. Her engaging and interactive teaching style incorporates more than 30-years of work as a practitioner in homeless as well as victim services.

Frequently Asked Questions
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Identifying Negative Family Patterns Through Facilitated Enactments

A Live, Interactive Webconference
Friday, 2/25/22, Wellspan-Philhaven via Live Interactive Zoom
Thursday, 3/3/22, Norristown via Live Interactive Zoom
8:25am-1:10pm

Therapists working in intensive, in-home, family-based services treat families trapped in negative, self-defeating interactional patterns.  This can create a relational environment that is toxic for both children and caregivers.  Identifying the details of these family patterns and how they relate to presenting symptoms is critical for therapists designing a relational treatment plan, but can be a challenging process.  This workshop describes facilitated enactment, an experiential method grounded in systems theory that brings interactional problems into the session for direct observation and discussion.  It is the cornerstone of the EcoSystemic approach.  This workshop reviews the science behind experiential approaches to treatment, such as enactment.   Enactment is a powerful method that can be used in intervention as well as assessment.  This workshop is the first in a two-part series on enactment. This workshop focuses primarily on how to use enactments to identify negative interactional patterns associated with presenting symptoms and to help shift families from a behavioral view of problems to one that is relational.

Objectives 

As a result of participating in this workshop, therapists will be able to:

    1. Explain the science that informs the use of experiential methods in learning
    2. Explain the nature of facilitated enactment
    3. Describe how to set up enactments to identify negative family interaction patterns
    4. Describe how to use enactments to shift families to a relational frame of problems and solutions

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is all 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.

Agenda

  • 8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1 & 2
  • 10:30am-10:45am: Break
  • 10:45am-1:10pm: Focus on Objectives 3 & 4

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