Recognizing and Treating the Under-Organized Family

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2023, North Carolina Training Groups via Live Interactive Zoom Webconference
Thursday, February 9, 2023, North Carolina Training Groups via Live Interactive Zoom Webconference
8:25am-12:35pm

Under-organized families are marked by inconsistency and chaos.  Life in the home can feel random and leaderless. Caregiver engagement in treatment can be challenging.  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.

This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.

Objectives:

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

  1. Recognize patterns of under-organization and the factors that create and maintain this pattern
  2. Identify strategies for stabilizing caregivers and improving executive functioning
  3. Identify the most common mistakes professionals make when working with under organized families and how to avoid them
  4. Describe five important treatment tasks in helping under-organized families

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health therapists 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.

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