Creating the Therapeutic System

CE Hours: 4.5
Instructor: C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Friday, December 4th, 2020 Altoona Via Zoom
Thursday, December 17th, 2020 Norristown Via Zoom
Friday, December 18th, 2020 Philhaven Via Zoom

One of the most critical tasks in any family therapy approach is convening the right members of the system for treatment and gaining their full participation. Parent participation and engagement is considered a related but separate construct from the therapeutic alliance and simple involvement. These differences are explained in this workshop, and clues are provided to help therapists assess caregivers’ level of engagement. Fully engaging all caregivers can be very challenging in working with overwhelmed, distrustful caregivers in community-based programs. This workshop identifies the most common reasons that caregivers may be reluctant to participate fully in in-home treatment and identifies strategies for addressing them. These strategies will be demonstrated in videos of family sessions.


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

  1. Identify indicators of caregiver engagement in treatment
  2. Identify and address the most common reasons caregivers do not engage in treatment
  3. Identify strategies for gaining caregiver buy-in to family treatment
  4. Apply a motivational interviewing approach to addressing barriers to caregiver engagement in treatment
  5. Explain co-regulation and the role it plays in engaging and building a therapeutic alliance with caregivers who have a trauma history

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