Recognizing and Treating Enmeshment in Families

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

A Live, Interactive Webconference

Cost: This training is free but open only to supervisors and behavioral health professionals working in agencies contracted with CFBT

Friday, June 7, 2024, North Carolina Training Groups via Live Interactive Zoom

In ESFT, it is assumed that children’s presenting problems are best understood and treated in the context of their family’s structure.  Enmeshment is one of four structural patterns most associated with serious emotional disturbance in children. This workshop describes the characteristics of enmeshment and how this interactional pattern shapes children’s development of social-emotional competencies and their response to treatment. Treatment guidelines are highlighted, as well as common clinical traps therapists are likely to encounter when working with enmeshed relational patterns.


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

  1. Recognize the markers of enmeshment in families.
  2. Describe how enmeshment impacts youth symptom development.
  3. Recognize four maladaptive strategies used to minimize conflict in enmeshed families.
  4. Identify the targets of change when working with enmeshment.
  5. Describe common clinical traps when working with enmeshed systems.

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within North Carolina Intensive In-Home program. 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 1-3
10:30am-10:40am: Break
10:40am-1:05pm: Focus on Objectives 4-5

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