Affect in Family Therapy

CE Hours: 6

Friday, March 2, 2018, Philhaven Conference Center, Mt Gretna, PA
Trainer – Andrew Fussner, MSW

Thursday, March 22, 2018, PA Counseling Services, Lebanon, PA
Trainer – Tara Byers, MS, NCC, LPC

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. Gauge and highlight distance and closeness between family members in sessions
  3. Recognize and highlight boundary problems in sessions
  4. See how personal affect (tone of voice, physical proximity, humor) can be used to raise or lower affective intensity and to punctuate pattern in sessions
  5. Strategically shift 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

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