An Introduction to Systemic Practice

CE Hours: 1.0
Cost: $18
Instructor: C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Systems theory informs case conceptualization and practice, not only in EcoSystemic Structural Family Therapy (ESFT) but in all models of family therapy.  Systems theory directs therapists to focus on the social context and interactions between people in the family and the larger ecosystem.  Therapists who are new to systems thinking often struggle with making the shift from a more linear perspective which privileges an individual’s intrapsychic dynamics or behavior over that of the relational context. This course is designed to facilitate this shift for therapists new to family therapy by clarifying the elements of systemic and nonsystemic treatment mindsets.

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

Course Objectives
As a result of completing this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the concept of treatment mindsets
  2. Identify the distinguishing characteristics of a systemic mindset and how it shapes treatment
  3. Describe four non-systemic mindsets and how they shape treatment

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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