Foundations 6: Boundaries and Triangles

CE Hours: 6.0
Cost: $120
Instructors: Shannon Stalnaker, MS, LPC, Dan Gilmore, MA, LPC

Thursday, 3/17/22, Norristown via Zoom
Friday, 3/18/22, Philhaven via Zoom


This workshop is designed to help participants identify, assess, and navigate common structural patterns in family therapy.  Participants will explore the role of boundaries within ESFT, both as an area to be assessed and as a therapeutic tool.  The workshop will focus on the role of boundaries in three common structural patterns: Triangulation, Enmeshment, and Disengagement.  Case vignettes, case presentations, videotape analysis, and structural maps will be utilized to practice identifying and assessing boundaries and boundary violations.  During the workshop, strategies for setting boundaries and the use of boundaries as a therapeutic tool will be discussed.  Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their personal experiences with boundaries and boundary setting to include: comfort level with setting boundaries, family of origin messages, and work/life balance.


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

  1. Define boundaries as related to ESFT treatment 
  2. Observe and identify boundaries and boundary violations during video analysis
  3. Describe two components of triangulation
  4. Contrast enmeshment and disengagement as they relate to boundaries.
  5. List two strategies for working with enmeshment

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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