Foundations 7: Conducting Interviews that Reveal the Negative Interaction Pattern

CE Hours: 6.0
Cost: $120
Instructors: Shannon Stalnaker, MS, LPC, Frani Pollack, MSW, PhD

Thursday, 5/5/22, Philhaven via Zoom
Thursday, 5/12/22, Norristown via Zoom

This workshop is designed to support clinicians on eliciting the Negative Interactional Pattern (NIP) in session. Participants will compare and contrast various ways to describe patterns in the family including structural hypotheses, systemic hypotheses, and the NIP.  The workshop will outline key strategies for engaging families in the development of the NIP and offers multiple opportunities to practice through role play.  The direct connection between the NIP and the development of the Relational Treatment Plan will also be reviewed.


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

  1. Describe the difference between a structural pattern (label) and the systemic hypothesis.
  2. Practice, through role play, punctuating interaction that is part of the systemic hypothesis.
  3. Practice, through role play, introducing the Negative Interactional Pattern session to the family members.
  4. List the components of the Negative Interactional Pattern.
  5. Describe the ways in which the Negative Interactional Pattern session sets the stage for the Relational Treatment Plan

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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