This course introduces therapists to the operationalized version of ESFT, the clinical model that informs Family-Based Mental Health Services. The concept of an “SED System” is introduced and described in detail, as it relates to case formulation. Particular focus is given to the four components of the SED System: 1) emotion regulation 2) caregiver executive functioning in the family, 3)parent-child attachment, and 4) support for caregiving in the family/community. A case study is used to guide therapists in considering the right types of questions and focus when assessing interactional patterns associated with each of these four components of the SED System. Although not essential, this course has been designed to be viewed after the course, Understanding Children with SED and their Families.
This is a Beginning Level course. The target audience is all behavioral health professionals working with children and adolescents.
1. Describe four core vulnerabilities that create and maintain an SED System.
2. Identify clues in family interaction that reveal competencies and vulnerabilities in the parent child attachment.
3. Identify clues in family interaction that reveal competencies and vulnerabilities in the family’s executive functioning.
4. Identify clues in family interaction that reveal assets and vulnerabilities in the social support system of caregivers.
5. Identify clues in family interaction that reveal individual emotional competencies and vulnerabilities.
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 two hours to complete.
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