Foundations 8: Enactments

CE Hours: 6.0

Friday, 5/21/21, Philhaven via Zoom
Thursday, 5/27/21, Norristown via Zoom

One of the core mechanisms of change in ESFT is helping family members to practice more functional patterns of relating.  This workshop introduces enactments, an experiential treatment method utilized in almost every session to create long lasting change.  The history and rationale that informs the use of enactments is described, with attention given to the concepts of first order and second order change, and content versus process.  This workshop will focus on the role of the clinician as a facilitator rather than a creator at the center of change. The four phases of an enactment will be outlined, focusing on the key tasks associated with each phase.   Videotapes of family therapy sessions will be used to demonstrate what enactments look like in practice.    


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

  1. Describe the nature of an enactment and how it creates change in interactional patterns
  2. Explain the differences between first order and second order change
  3. Explain the differences between process and content in interactions
  4. List four phases of the enactment
  5. List two basic strategies for facilitating successful enactments
  6. Describe two tasks therapists do during an enactment to help it be successful

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