Recognizing and Treating Under-Organization in Families

CE Hours: 5.5
Cost: $66
Instructor: 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 is an Intermediate Level course. The target audience is all behavioral health professionals working with children and adolescents.


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

  1. Recognize fragile couple relationships and patterns of family under-organization
  2. Describe the impact of family under-organization on the development of children’s emotional competencies
  3. Describe five important treatment tasks in helping under-organized families
  4. Identify the most common mistakes professionals make when working with under-organized families and how to avoid them

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: The Relationship Between Family Structure and Externalizing Problems (30 minutes)
    • Webinar: A Comparison of four Maladaptive Family Types
    • Webinar: Countering the Troubled Treatment Histories of Children with Externalizing Problems
  • Unit 2: The Core Features of Under-Organization in Families (100 minutes)
    • Webinar: The Structure of Under-Organized Families
    • Webinar: The Impact of Unpredictability and Inconsistency
  • Unit 3: Interventions Focused on Supporting the Ambivalent, Overwhelmed Caregiver (105 minutes)
    • Webinar: Addressing Parental Ambivalence
    • Webinar: Matching Treatment Expectations to Caregiver Capacity
  • Unit 4: Interventions Focused on Strengthening Fragile Relationships (70 minutes)
    • Webinar: Roots of Under-Organization: Fragile Couples
    • Webinar: A Case Study: Building On-Ramps to Parenting

About the Presenters

Click here for information on C. Wayne Jones, PhD.

This course uses an online distance-learning self-paced format.  It includes recorded audio, recorded video-based webinars, and selected readings.  There are post-tests to ensure comprehension of the material. Participants can communicate with the instructors via the online moodle interface. Real-time communication with the instructor in our online, self-paced distance learning courses is not possible. However, participants can send an email to the instructor via the online moodle interface within the course and expect to receive a response within 48 hours. All course content, including post-tests, should take approximately 5.5 hours to complete.

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