Graduate Booster: Creating Laser-Focused and Family-Central Enactments

CE Hours: 4.0
Instructor: Joshua Irvine, MA, LPC

A Live, Interactive Webconference

Cost: This training is free but open only to supervisors and behavioral health professionals working in agencies contracted with CFBT

Friday, March 22, 2024, All Training Groups via Live Interactive Zoom

In ESFT, enactments are used to re-shape family negative interactional patterns (NIP). They are the ultimate tool for the family-based therapist. To make the experience meaningful and the changes sustainable it is imperative for the family members to be central and active in both the development and the process of the intervention. It is also crucial that the goal of the enactment be laser-focused and clearly defined. In today’s workshop, we will review and discuss the phases of enactment from an advanced ESFT therapists’ perspective. Interaction among participants will be facilitated around observations of a videotaped high-quality enactment from a family therapy session. The videotape is used to demonstrate both laser-focus and the family’s centrality in the enactment. Participants will be encouraged to discuss the strengths and challenges they have faced when conducting enactments and lessons learned from their years as a therapist in FBMHS.   

This workshop includes lecture, video-tape review, handouts, and breakout rooms for discussion and for practicing skills. Participants will be provided with a comprehensive list of resources for further study.


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

  1. Describe the phases of enactment (Preparation, Initiation, Facilitation, Meaning-Making
  2. Identify challenges and successes with keeping sessions present focused using enactments
  3. Identify three strategies that can be used to keep the interaction going in the facilitation phase of enactment. 

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals who have completed the three-year training within Pennsylvania’s Family Based program. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.


8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1-2
10:30am-10:40am: Break
10:40am-12:35pm: Focus on Objective 3

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