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TA-ESFT with Families Challenged by ASD or ID

Facilitators:
Steve Simms, Ph.D., LMFT & Jennifer Benjamin, Ph.D., LPC
Philadelphia Child & Family Therapy Training Center
Kathleen Corcharon, MA, Mike Cerqua, MBA, Brian Speth, MA
Western Psych Psychiatric Hospital
Josh Hoch, MA
Pennsylvania Mentor Family Based Services

1.0 Hours Credit (To be applied toward annual training hours in ESFT)
Cost: Free

Covid-19’s ultimate impact on child development, family life, and our social world is not yet known. It is likely that the suffering of many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or intellectual disability (ID) and their families is already made worse. Covid-19 has pushed services as usual out the window for consumers, their families, and clinicians. The FBMHS team must creatively implement adaptive interventions through technology-assisted methods. This webinar describes and illustrates four rules of thumb for implementing Technology-Assisted-Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy (TA-ESFT).  One set the stage of therapy through the professional’s ethical obligation to promote the wellbeing of the consumer. Two, secure the collaboration of the caregiver(s). Three, keep up adherence to TA-ESFT with the use of a checklist. Finally, promote professional competence with TA-ESFT through practice in supervision and training. Discussants elaborate on each rule of thumb and provide many relevant clinical examples.

Objectives

  1. The viewer will understand that the Covid-19 imposed global pandemic requires the FBMHS team to creatively implement adaptive interventions through technology-assisted methods.
  2. The viewer will describe four (4) rules of thumb for implementing Technology-Assisted- Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy (TA-ESFT).

This online distance learning workshop includes videos, readings, and links to other online resources and to ensure comprehension of the material.

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Promoting Clinician Adherence to Technology Assisted-Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy (TA-ESFT)

Facilitators:
Steve Simms, Ph.D., LMFT, Pinky Mehta, LMFT, & Jennifer Benjamin, Ph.D., LPC
Philadelphia Child & Family Therapy Training Center
Jen Duen, MA & Tim Reppert, BS
Creative Family Health FB Program  

1.0 Hours Credit (To be applied toward annual training hours in ESFT)
Cost: Free

It is a natural temptation to wait out a crisis like the Covid-19 imposed global pandemic. As leaders, the FBMHS team cannot give into this instinct. They must stay the course. How does the FBMHS team lead?  First, embrace the idea that Covid-19 has derailed the way we work for the foreseeable future. Next, know that the use of technology to facilitate mental health services including family therapy is supported by a growing research data base. Finally, focus on four practice-based rules of thumb for implementing TA-ESFT: 

  1. Work through an ethical lens
  2. Commit to a family systems perspective
  3. Adhere to TA-ESFT via a checklist  
  4. Use supervision and training to promote competence

Discussants elaborate on the four leadership principles and provide many useful clinical examples.

Objectives

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

  1. The viewer will describe the importance of adopting a leadership role in navigating the pandemic-imposed shift to TA-ESFT. 
  2. The viewer will explain how the focus on four practice-based rules of thumb to help to implement TA-ESFT.

This online distance learning workshop includes videos, readings, and links to other online resources and to ensure comprehension of the material.

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Adapting to Technology-Assisted Family-Based Treatment

Facilitators:
Joshua Irvine, MA, LPC

1.0 Hours Credit (To be applied toward annual training hours in ESFT)
Cost: Free

The five webinars here are comprised of excerpts from a day-long didactic Josh Irvine provided to three CFBT training sites: Altoona, Harrisburg/Susquehanna, and PCS. The didactics were presented during the initial four weeks of shelter-in-place when agencies were just moving to telehealth-only sessions. Together, these five webinars name the challenges therapists and supervisors are now facing, provide creative ideas for engaging family members using a telehealth format, and provide a framework for furthering personal and professional adaptation. Therapists will find these webinars validating and reassuring. Therapists are reminded that ESFT can help to anchor them as they experiment with adapting their usual techniques to a new context.

Objectives

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

1. Identify strategies for engaging caregivers reluctant to continue with telehealth based services.
2. Explain why and how expectations for families in telehealth treatment need to be revised.
3. Identify what it is like to be a family-based therapist delivering services while sheltering-in-place.
4. Identify four creative strategies therapists have successfully used to further treatment in video sessions.
5. Apply a stage of grief framework to the navigation of pandemic related loss and change.

This online distance learning workshop includes videos, readings, and links to other online resources and to ensure comprehension of the material.

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Setting Up and Conducting Telehealth Sessions that Maximize Engagement

Facilitator: Joshua Burton, LPC
1.0 Hours Credit (To be applied toward annual training hours in ESFT)
Cost: Free

This webinar addresses the basics of providing family treatment through a telehealth format. While the fundamental principles of ESFT remain the same, there is so much more that therapists must consider to create an experience of connection with family members and to keep them engaged.   The first part of this webinar (25-minutes) focuses on three critical components of setting the stage for a telehealth session.  that is, what therapists must consider before beginning a session.   The second part of this webinar focuses on two critical components of conducting telehealth sessions so they can be therapeutic.

The discussants in this webinar include:

C. Wayne Jones, Ph.D., Founder and Director, Center for Family Based Training
Tara Byers, MS, NCC, LPC, Clinical Director, Children’s Services, PCS
Adam Boguski, MDiv, Clinical Consultant, PCS Family Based Program – Lancaster
Dan Gilmore, MA, LPC, Family Based Program Director, Merakey Montco
Elizabeth Eby, MS, LPC, OP Site Coordinator, Gemma Services

Objectives
As a result of completing this training activity,  participants will be able to:

1. Identify strategies fr keeping telehealth sessions professional.
2. Identify information to consider when helping family members choose the best device for linking into a video session.
3. Identify actions therapists must take to create a productive structure for sessions
4. Clarify the critical importance of working through caregivers to have successful sessions
5. Identify strategies for conveying energy and affect in telehealth sessions

This online distance learning workshop includes videos, readings, and links to other online resources and to ensure comprehension of the material.

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Planning for Safety and Mitigating Crises in Telehealth

Facilitators:
Marlene Reiff, LCSW, LMFT
Tara Byers, MS, NCC, LPC
Shannan Stalnaker, MS, LPC

1.0 Hours Credit (To be applied toward annual training hours in ESFT)
Cost: Free

This webinar is the first in the series, addressing the biggest concern therapists have about working in a telehealth-only format – child and family safety.  The risk for suicide and violence is expected to climb as families in conflict who are living in cramped quarters can not get space from one another.  Negative patterns can easily escalate.  This webinar addresses telehealth based strategies for monitoring risk, de-escalating negative patterns, and working with caregivers to manage crises in the home,  This 37-minute webinar is an edited version of two different virtual workshops, one led by Tara Byers to the general staff at Pennsylvania Counseling Services, and the other led by Marlene Reiff and Shannon Stalnaker at a family-based supervisor training at Wellspan-Philhaven.   The format is conversational.

Objectives
As a result of completing this training activity,  participants will be able to:

1. Identify common challenges therapists face in promoting safety and mitigating crisis in telehealth-only services.
2. Identify 10 actions that therapists can take to promote safety and mitigate crises

This online distance learning workshop includes videos, readings, and links to other online resources and to ensure comprehension of the material.

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