Doing Family Therapy: An ESFT Booster Training: Parts 1 & 2

CE Hours: 6.0

Part 1:
Friday, September 8th, 8:30am-4:00pm, Alliance Behavioral Health, Durham, North Carolina
Tuesday, September 12th, 8:30am-4:00pm, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Durham, North Carolina
Wednesday, September 13th, 8:30am-4:00pm, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Durham, North Carolina

Part 2:
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 8:30am-4:00pm, Alliance Behavioral Health, Durham, NC
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 8:30am-4:00pm, Alliance Behavioral Health, Durham, NC
Friday, February 16, 2018, 8:30am-4:00pm, Alliance Behavioral Health, Durham, NC

This workshop reviews progress that IIH programs have made in implementing ESFT in its first year.  Skill areas still needing growth are then highlighted and given focus.  A major focus is given to learning to see challenging children in a developmental, psychological and relational context.  An extended case study, along with videotape segments, is used to demonstrate an effective use of ESFT, as well as to generate discussion of the core mechanisms of change and basic family therapy techniques.   The use of relational assessment procedures that can be used therapeutically, like the Ecomap and Genogram and Timeline are introduced.  Throughout the day, participants are given opportunities to practice skills through role plays.

As a result of participating in these training activities, participants will:

  1. Identify ESFT’s six core mechanisms of change in family therapy sessions
  2. See and explain a child’s challenging behavior in its developmental, psychological and relational context
  3. Develop strategies for creating an alliance with and engaging caregivers
  4. Identify how to use assessment procedures, such as genograms, ecomaps and timelines as therapeutic interventions
  5. Describe how to facilitate more functional interactions between children and their caregivers in family sessions.

Additionally, as a result of participating in Part 2 participants will:

  1. Name therapeutic actions that fall under each of the 4 Pillars of ESFT
  2. Foster self-awareness by attuning to and describing therapist personal values, beliefs and responses triggered while watching videos of common session dilemmas in family therapy
  3.  Analyze the presenting problem, family genogram and family ecomap to anticipate patterns that might occur in session between family members
  4. Practice curious and open questions to build therapeutic alliance
  5. Practice validation and effective empathy to build the therapeutic alliance
  6. Develop a systemic hypothesis based on case information

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