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Eco-Systemic Case Conceptualization

An effective case conceptualization tells a meaningful story that pulls everyone together, energized to work toward a common, mutually agreed-upon goal.  In ESFT, the Negative Interactional Cycle (NIC) is the core component of case conceptualization.  The first part of this course describes the nature of a negative interactional cycle, how it is informed by systems theory, and how it creates a relational frame of the problem. Two methods are presented for identifying the NIC in collaboration with families.  The second part of this course introduces the ESFT Case Conceptualization Worksheet, a critical thinking tool that focuses therapists on meaningful patterns at the individual child, caregiver, and family level of the system.  Questions are explained and a case example is used to demonstrate how to complete the worksheet, and then translate the information to outlining the NIC.

This is a Intermediate Level course. The target audience is all behavioral health professionals working with children and adolescents.

Course Objectives
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the nature of a Negative Interactional Pattern (NIC) and how it is used to develop a meaningful systemic case conceptualization and relational treatment plan.
2. Describe how to use enactments, highlighting pattern, and pushing the conversation to reframe individual problems as relational.
3. Describe and demonstrate a best practice rubric for evaluating case conceptualizations

This course uses an online distance-learning self-paced format.  It includes recorded audio, recorded video-based webinars, and selected readings.  There are post-tests to ensure comprehension of the material. Participants can communicate with the instructors via the online moodle interface. Real-time communication with the instructor in our online, self-paced distance learning courses is not possible. However, participants can send an email to the instructor via the online moodle interface within the course and expect to receive a response within 48 hours. All course content, including post-tests, should take approximately two hours to complete.

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This online distance learning course includes webinars, readings, links to other online resources on trauma, and post-tests to ensure comprehension of the material.

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Crafting Meaningful Treatment Goals and Action Steps

This course focuses on one of the most critical components of treatment success, creating meaningful, measureable goals and action steps that are systemically informed.   A case is made for restricting the number of long term goals in order to achieve “laser focus,” which is important to engagement and motivation in the change process.  Guidance is provided on how to choose the best focus for the overarching treatment goal and how to structure it so it is most effective.  This course demonstrates how to apply the SMART approach to the development of clinical goals in intensive, in-home programs.   For development of more achievable action steps, the power of incremental, tiny habits is described and demonstrated.  Concrete examples of both clinically sound and unsound goals and action steps are provided.   

This is a Beginning Level course. The target audience is all behavioral health professionals working with children and adolescents.

Course Objectives
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Explain the rationale for a one-goal treatment plan that flows directly from the case conceptualization
2. Demonstrate how to use the SMART format as a rubric for writing and evaluating clinical goals
3. Describe the principle of “tiny habits” and show how to use it in developing achievable action steps

This course uses an online distance-learning self-paced format.  It includes recorded audio, recorded video-based webinars, and selected readings.  There are post-tests to ensure comprehension of the material. Participants can communicate with the instructors via the online moodle interface. Real-time communication with the instructor in our online, self-paced distance learning courses is not possible. However, participants can send an email to the instructor via the online moodle interface within the course and expect to receive a response within 48 hours. All course content, including post-tests, should take approximately two hours to complete.

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Relational Treatment Planning

Treatment planning in ESFT is more than pro forma paperwork separated from the actual on-the-ground treatment.  It is, in fact, an  intervention that can be a major determinant of treatment outcomes.  If done well, the treatment planning process shifts the viewing of problems and their solutions to a more relational perspective, setting the stage for highly focused, meaningful, productive work with motivated family members. This course describes procedures for making this happen.  Basic principles related to relational treatment planning are described.

This is a Beginning Level course. The target audience is all behavioral health professionals working with children and adolescents.

Learning Objectives 

1. Conceptualize the treatment planning process as an interventional “process”
2. Identify the cornerstones of effective treatment planning with children and families
3. Describe the elements of a family friendly and clinically relevant treatment plan 

This course uses an online distance-learning self-paced format.  It includes recorded audio, recorded video-based webinars, and selected readings.  There are post-tests to ensure comprehension of the material. Participants can communicate with the instructors via the online moodle interface. Real-time communication with the instructor in our online, self-paced distance learning courses is not possible. However, participants can send an email to the instructor via the online moodle interface within the course and expect to receive a response within 48 hours. All course content, including post-tests, should take approximately one and a half hours to complete.

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