Graduate Booster: The Secrets of Exceptional Family Counselors

CE Hours: 4.0
Instructor: Hailey Shafir, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS

A Live, Interactive Webconference
Thursday, November 18, 2021, All Sites via Live Interactive Zoom

This training details what counselor qualities, actions, and therapeutic approaches have the most compelling evidence to suggest they are effective in family counseling. The traits and qualities most closely linked to client engagement, satisfaction, retention, and outcomes will be reviewed, and practical strategies will be provided on how these can be demonstrated in sessions.

Counselors will also learn proven and effective strategies to build and maintain rapport, repair therapeutic ruptures, promote engagement, accelerate progress, and facilitate real, lasting change with the families they serve. Participants will also learn about the common factors of therapy that are necessary for progress to occur, as well as specific ways to implement these in sessions. 

Strategies to improve the structure and flow of family sessions, monitor progress, deal with resistance and disruptions, and course correct a session going wrong will also be provided. Case examples, role plays, and small group breakouts will be used to get live interaction, feedback, and skill application throughout the training.

As a result of participating in this training, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify the ‘common factors’ which are necessary for growth, progress, and therapeutic change to occur, including the single most important factor linked to positive outcomes in therapy
  2. Identify actions that undermine therapeutic progress and the traits/qualities associated with effectiveness
  3. Identify specific ways to elicit feedback, monitor progress, and evaluate effectiveness 
  4. Explain how to identify and repair a therapeutic rupture, and how to skillfully navigate resistance and defensiveness

8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-4

This is an intermediate 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.

About The Trainer
Hailey Shafir is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, a licensed addiction specialist, and a board-approved clinical supervisor for newly licensed mental health and addiction counselors. She has more than a decade of experience providing counseling, developing programs for at-risk youth, people struggling with addictions, and providing training and supervision for clinicians. She is the owner of several businesses including Keep Counsel, Plan-it Therapy, IndyWind, and Therapy Cred. Hailey is also a content writer and medical peer reviewer for, the National Drug Helpline, Choosing Therapy, Rehab Adviser, Searchlight, Social Pro Now, and other sites, and has worked to develop online recovery apps and programs for people struggling with addictions and impulse control disorders.

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