Recognizing Maladaptive Structural Patterns in Families

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

A Live, Interactive Webconference
Wednesday, 6/8/22, via Live Interactive Zoom
Thursday, 6/9/22, via Live Interactive Zoom
Friday, 6/10/22, via Live Interactive Zoom

Children treated in intensive, in-home programs often live in families where caregiving functions have been compromised. That is, the caregivers are unable to provide the type of consistent structure and emotional support their children need to recover from emotional and behavioral problems. In ESFT, the focus of treatment is on the structure of family relationships and how this structure either constrains or promotes caregiving functions. This workshop introduces and explains the basics of family structure, such as boundaries, closeness-distance, and power. Patterns associated with four common maladaptive family structures linked to SED are described. These maladaptive structures include the under-organized family, the enmeshed family, the authoritarian family, and the embattled family. This workshop demonstrates how the focus of effective treatment must be informed by the specific type of maladaptive family structure in which the child is embedded.


As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the nature of family structure and family emotion regulation
  2. Identify four maladaptive family structures linked to SED in children and adolescence.
  3. Describe interactional patterns that distinguish each maladaptive family structure
  4. Describe how family structure is used to organize treatment

8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-4

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within North Carolina’s Intensive In-Home Program. 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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