Foundations 7: Discovering the Negative Interaction Cycle

CE Hours: 6.0

Norristown: Thursday, 3/5/20
PA Counseling Services: Thursday 4/2/20
Philhaven: Friday, 4/30/20

This workshop is designed to help therapists develop a systemic case conceptualization through their careful elicitation of the family’s Negative Interactional Cycle (NIC) around the child’s presenting problem.   Each of the six steps of the NIC will be described. A major focus will be given to where and how therapists can obtain the information needed for each step in the NIC. This workshop will outline key strategies for engaging families in the development of the NIC and offers multiple opportunities to practice through role play.   Since a significant amount of the data used to construct the NIC is derived through observation of spontaneous enactments in therapy sessions, major focus is given to learning “to see pattern” in the room and “pushing the conversation” to elicit more details about the pattern. Participants are shown how the NIC can be translated into treatment goals.

Objectives 

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

  1. Explain the link between the NIC, case conceptualization, and treatment planning
  2. Describe the six questions that comprise the six steps of the NIC 
  3. Identify the main sources of information for each of the six steps of the NIC
  4. Explain the reasons it is important to create a collaborative context in which family members discover the NIC in partnership with the therapist 
  5. Demonstrate through role-play a method for introducing the NIC process to the family 
  6. Describe spontaneous enactments of the NIC and how to punctuate these patterns with the family during sessions

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