Recognizing and Treating Under-Organization in Families

CE Hours: 5.5

Cost: $66


C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Published 3/1/20

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.

This course is designed for beginner and intermediate levels.


As a result of participating in this online course, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize patterns of under-organization
  2. Identify the role of fragile couple relationships in creating and maintaining under-organization in families
  3. Describe the impact of family under-organization on the development of children’s emotional competencies
  4. Identify strategies for addressing caregiver ambivalence about the parent role
  5. Describe five important treatment tasks in helping under-organized families
  6. Identify the most common mistakes professionals make when working with under-organized families and how to avoid them

This online distance learning course includes webinars, readings, links to other online resources, and post-tests to ensure comprehension of the material. Participants can communicate with the instructors via the online moodle interface.  All course content, including post-tests, should take approximately three hours to complete.

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