Foundations 4: Establishing Leadership and Structure in Family Treatment Sessions

CE Hours: 6.0
Cost: $120
Instructors: Marlene N. Reiff, LCSW, LMFT, Dan Gilmore, MA, LPC

Thursday, 3/17/22, Norristown via Zoom
Friday, 1/21/22, Philhaven via Zoom

This workshop is designed to explore the importance of leadership and structure in family therapy, and the clinician’s role in this process.  Participants in this workshop will learn about the benefits of structure and leadership in producing a safe environment for therapy and growth.  Strategies for increasing predictability and structure will be discussed including orienting clients to treatment, facilitation, and debriefing/closure of sessions.  During the workshop, participants will have opportunities to reflect on their perceptions of leadership, personal leadership style, and personal challenges in the leadership role.  Attention will be given to the use of co-therapy and its unique benefits and challenges related to leadership.


As a result of participating in this workshop, therapists will be able to: 

  1. Describe two ways that structure promotes a positive therapeutic environment
  2. Develop protocols for opening and closing therapy sessions
  3. Define three types of leadership and identify personal leadership style 
  4. List two strategies to promote effective co-therapy 
  5. Recognize content and process as it relates to facilitating treatment sessions.

8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-3
12:30-1:30pm: Break
1:30-3:30pm: Objectives 4-5

This is a beginner 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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