Identifying Negative Family Patterns Through Facilitated Enactments

CE Hours: 4.5
Instructor: C. Wayne Jones, PhD

A Live, Interactive Webconference
Friday, 2/25/22, Wellspan-Philhaven via Live Interactive Zoom
Thursday, 3/3/22, Norristown via Live Interactive Zoom

Therapists working in intensive, in-home, family-based services treat families trapped in negative, self-defeating interactional patterns.  This can create a relational environment that is toxic for both children and caregivers.  Identifying the details of these family patterns and how they relate to presenting symptoms is critical for therapists designing a relational treatment plan, but can be a challenging process.  This workshop describes facilitated enactment, an experiential method grounded in systems theory that brings interactional problems into the session for direct observation and discussion.  It is the cornerstone of the EcoSystemic approach.  This workshop reviews the science behind experiential approaches to treatment, such as enactment.   Enactment is a powerful method that can be used in intervention as well as assessment.  This workshop is the first in a two-part series on enactment. This workshop focuses primarily on how to use enactments to identify negative interactional patterns associated with presenting symptoms and to help shift families from a behavioral view of problems to one that is relational.


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

    1. Explain the science that informs the use of experiential methods in learning
    2. Explain the nature of facilitated enactment
    3. Describe how to set up enactments to identify negative family interaction patterns
    4. Describe how to use enactments to shift families to a relational frame of problems and solutions

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is all 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.


  • 8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1 & 2
  • 10:30am-10:45am: Break
  • 10:45am-1:10pm: Focus on Objectives 3 & 4

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