Foundations 7: Working with Reactivity and Strong Affect in Therapy Sessions

Colmar: Thursday, 3/7/19
Philhaven: Friday, 3/15/19
PA Counseling Services: Thursday 4/18/19

Dealing with reactivity and strong affect are an integral part of systemic therapy.   A strong therapeutic alliance helps therapists to regulate intensity in sessions.   Participants will be able to identify what might cause reactions in family therapy sessions and how to respond.  Therapists will have an understanding of the drama triangle and will have opportunity to look at their role in working with reactivity in therapy sessions.  Role plays will be utilized to give therapist opportunity to practice responding to high reactivity directed to them in sessions.


As a result of participating in this workshop, therapists will have opportunity to:

  1. Identify some reasons why family members may react in therapy sessions
  2. Identify some techniques to decrease therapist stress in therapy sessions
  3. Identify techniques to build emotional safety in therapy sessions
  4. Have a basic understanding of Karpman’s drama triangle and how it may evolve in therapy sessions
  5. Have an understanding of their own conflict style
  6. Identify how to respond when caregiver reacts to therapist

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