Affect in Family Therapy 2021-2022

Instructor: Andrew Fussner, MSW

8:30am to 3:30pm

In cases presented for consultation in these clinicals, patterns of interaction in the family are highlighted with an emphasis on how members signal one another with various affective expressions. Through videotape analysis, participants are given the opportunity to practice attuning to and interpreting the meaning of family member interactions. Particular focus is given to the therapist’s affect and how family members make meaning of it.   Participants are given the opportunity through case discussion and role play to practice using their affective expressions to deepen the therapeutic alliance, establish leadership and structure in sessions, work with closeness-distance, and challenge boundaries.

As a result of participating in these clinicals, therapists will be able to:

  1. Create and maintain a positive emotional connection (therapeutic alliance) with all family members in sessions
  2. Identify strategies for gauging and highlighting distance and closeness between family members in sessions
  3. Recognize and highlight boundary problems in sessions
  4. Demonstrate how the tone of voice, physical proximity, and humor can be used to raise or lower emotional intensity and punctuate pattern in sessions
  5. Describe strategies for shifting alliances in sessions to keep family members engaged and active with one another
  6. Implement interventions guided by a well-defined systemic hypothesis about what maintains the problem

This series counts toward required annual training hours in Family Based Mental Health Services, but is not currently available for CE credit.

8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-4
12:30-1:30pm: Break
1:30-3:30pm: Objectives 5-6

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.

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