Creating the Therapeutic System

CE Hours: 4.0
Instructor: C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Thursday, October 1st, 2020 Venango County Via Zoom
Friday, October 30th, 2020 Mercer County 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. Explain the differences between caregiver engagement and caregiver involvement
  2. Identify strategies for “selling” caregivers on the importance of their participation and engagement in treatment for their children
  3. Identify the most common reasons caregivers do not participate and engage in treatment
  4. Apply a motivational interviewing approach to addressing barriers to caregiver participation and engagement in treatment