ESFT Case Seminar 2021-2022

Instructor: C. Wayne Jones, PhD


This series is designed to demonstrate how to integrate the various components of the ESFT model and apply it with fidelity.  Cases are presented by family based therapists who are more advanced in their training (third year trainees), providing opportunities for therapists at all levels of training and development to see how the model works across a wide variety of families and problems.  Focus is given to ESFT case conceptualization, the facilitative posture of the therapist toward the family, the influence of child and family psychology on problems and their solutions, and the assessment of personal effectiveness in sessions.  How the six core ESFT mechanisms of change are applied in sessions are highlighted, with ideas about how they can be strengthened.  This seminar serves as a good place for therapists nearing capstone to present their work, receive feedback about their progress and fine tune their skills.

In the clinical cases presented, as a result of the discussions, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify interactional patterns (the relational context) maintaining or exacerbating problems
  2. Identify how the child’s lagging skills and/or psychology impact his/her behavior  
  3. Identify the ESFT core mechanisms of change in sessions
  4. Identify strategies for effectively facilitating more functional, emotionally meaningful conversations between family members in sessions
  5. Identify signs of intervention effectiveness in sessions

This series counts toward required annual training hours in Family Based Mental Health Services, but is not currently available for CE credit.

8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-5

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within an Ecosystemic Family Therapy Model. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.

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