Recognizing and Treating Embattled, High-Conflict Families

CE Hours: 4.0
Instructor: C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020,  8:30am-12:30pm, Venango County Human Services, Franklin, PA

Embattled family systems are marked by an intense power-struggle between the caregivers, creating an emotional war zone where pressure is placed on children, extended family, friends, and professionals to choose sides.  Avoiding becoming triangulated into the conflict between caregivers while maintaining a balanced therapeutic alliance, is one of the most challenging aspects of treating these families. This workshop provides an eco-systemic framework for understanding the dynamics of these families and for effectively navigating their complicated toxic interpersonal politics.

As a result of attending this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the characteristics of embattled, high-conflict families
  2. Recognize and disrupt triangulating interactions
  3. Identify the impacts of chronic intense caregiver conflict on children
  4. Identify common traps when working with high-conflict families
  5. Describe how to structure treatment sessions with caregivers, keeping treatment child-focused

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