Addressing Supervisory Challenges in Fostering Child-Centered, Family-Focused Case Conceptualizations

CE Hours: 6.0
Instructor: C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Friday, 4/5/19, WellSpan Philhaven, Mount Gretna, PA

Learning to develop a well-formulated systemic case conceptualization and then using it to guide treatment can be challenging for therapists working with children and families at risk.   Without a clear case conceptualization, therapists can become inducted into a reactive role, responding to each crisis or issue of the week.  Sessions can become disconnected from the others, undermining change efforts.  This workshop rests on the idea that children with serious emotional problems have more positive treatment outcomes when the therapists’ case conceptualization is both child-centered and family-focused and addresses the negative interactional pattern (NIC) that maintains the presenting problem.  Supervisors are key in helping their supervisees develop meaningful, data-informed case conceptualizations and then ensuring that these conceptualizations guide sessions. It is often easier in principle than in practice. One of the goals of this interactional, experiential workshop is to collectively identify the most common barriers or challenges and develop strategies for addressing them.  Supervisors attending this workshop bring videotapes of supervision sessions, which are then used to generate discussion.     

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

  1. Describe the six components of an eco-systemic case conceptualization
  2. Identify two supervisory challenges related to helping therapists develop a more child-centered case conceptualization
  3. Identify strategies for facilitating therapists’ ability to recognize the child’s lagging skills  
  4. Identify two supervisory challenges related to helping therapists develop a family-focused case conceptualization
  5. Identify strategies for facilitating therapists’ ability to recognize the most important interactional patterns to give focus to in sessions
  6. Analyze videotapes of supervisors methods in helping therapists develop child-centered, family-focused conceptualizations

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