Foundations 8: Conducting Interviews that Reveal the Negative Interactional Cycle

CE Hours: 6.0

Philhaven: Friday, 3/22/19
Colmar: Thursday, 3/28/19
PA Counseling Services: Thursday 6/6/19

The Negative Interactional Cycle (NIC) is a treatment intervention utilized to facilitate systemic change.  In the first month of ESFT treatment with a family, assessment information provides clues to the structural pattern in the family.  This information is synthesized with the therapist’s experience of interactions between family members in sessions, to develop the systemic hypothesis and eventually the NIC.  The NIC describes the unhelpful pattern that is present which, when repeated, creates the endless cycle of crisis and hurt that is unfortunately common in families served by ESFT.  The NIC is the culminating event of the first 30 days of treatment and is the first step to relational treatment planning. It is a detailed common relational/systemic vision for the problem that the therapists and the family collaboratively share.  

As a result of participating in this workshop, therapist 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 Cycle  session to the family members.
  4. Apply the systemic hypothesis structure to a current client family scenario.
  5. List the components of the Negative Interactional Cycle.
  6. Describe the ways in which the Negative Interactional Cycle session sets the stage for the Relational Treatment Plan

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