Facilitating Enactments in Family Treatment

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

A Live, Interactive Webconference
Wednesday, 2/9/22, via Live Interactive Zoom
Thursday, 2/10/22, via Live Interactive Zoom
Friday, 2/11/22, via Live Interactive Zoom


Children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral issues (and their families) can become entrenched in negative interactional patterns that perpetuate and exacerbate high-risk behavior.  ESFT treatment, using enactments, disrupts and shifts these negative interactional patterns to more functional ones.  This training builds upon the Fall workshop, Shifting Negative Patterns Through Facilitated Enactments, which introduced enactments and how to use them in family assessment.  This workshop describes three types of changeinducing enactments.  Videotaped sessions demonstrate how to use different enactments in family treatment.  An emphasis is placed on having a systemic case conceptualization guiding family sessions A systemic case conceptualization enables family therapists to recognize key negative patterns when they occur and use enactments to create more functional relationships.  Four phases of enactment are explained: setting the stage, giving the directive, keeping the conversation on track, and helping the family process and make meaning of the enactment.


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

  1. Describe enactments and how systems theory informs this technique
  2. Identify three types of change-inducing enactments
  3. Explain the four phases of an enactment

8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-3

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within North Carolina’s Intensive In-Home Program. 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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