This course is an initial orientation to the ESFT clinical model for therapists providing intensive, in-home family treatment to children with SED and their families. The ESFT model is placed in historical context and an overview of the model is provided. Because systems theory is at the core of ESFT case conceptualization and practice, several webinars in this course are devoted to describing in detail the nature of a systemic mindset and what makes it distinctive from other clinical perspectives. Many of the basic concepts used in ESFT are introduced in order to help therapists become familiar with the language of the model.
This is a Beginning Level course. The target audience is all behavioral health professionals working with children and adolescents.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the key elements of Eco-Systemic Family Therapy.
- Define treatment mindset and how it shapes a therapist’s clinical decision-making
- Describe the historical roots of ESFT
- Identify the distinguishing characteristics of a systemic mindset
- Describe four non-systemic mindsets and how they shape treatment
- Describe what therapists working from a systemic mindset do in treatment sessions
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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