Recognizing and Treating the Under-Organized Family

CE Hours: 4.0


C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Wednesday, 3/20/19,  8:30am-12:30pm, Venango County Human Services, Franklin, PA

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 helping professionals 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.    


  1. Recognize patterns of under-organization and the factors that create and maintain them
  2. Identify strategies for stabilizing caregivers in the under-organized family
  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

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