Recognizing and Treating the Under-Organized Family

CE Hours: 7.0
Instructors: Joshua Irvine, MA, LPC, C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Monday, June 24th, 2019 Durham Friends, Durham, NC with Wayne Jones, PhD
Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 Durham Friends, Durham, NC with Joshua Irvine, MA, LPC
Thursday, June 27th, 2019 Durham Friends, Durham, NC with Joshua Irvine, MA, LPC

8:30am to 4:30pm

Under-organized families are marked by inconsistency and chaos.  Life in the home can feel random and leaderless. Children living in these families are at risk for abuse and neglect, and a wide range of behavioral and emotional problems within the family and community.  This workshop provides an eco-systemic framework for understanding under-organized families, and the caregivers who head them. Common traps are identified that therapists need to avoid when working with these families. Treatment guidelines are provided for addressing problems of caregiver engagement, maintaining a treatment focus, coordinating with multiple community agencies who may be working at cross purposes, and strengthening the caregivers’ executive functioning.

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

  1. Recognize patterns of under-organization
  2. Identify the factors that create and maintain under-organization in families
  3. Describe the impact of under-organization on the development of children’s emotional competencies
  4. Identify strategies for stabilizing caregivers and improving executive functioning
  5. Identify the most common mistakes professionals make when working with under organized families and how to avoid them
  6. Describe five important treatment tasks in helping under-organized families

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