Core Treatment Tasks of the First 30 Days

CE Hours: 4.0

Cost: $48


C. Wayne Jones, PhD

The first 30 days can be the most critical phase in a course of treatment. This is when the treatment focus is set and when children and their caregivers determine whether their therapists can truly help them. Too often, however, the clinical tasks necessary to effectively set the stage for change are side-lined by competing administrative tasks, and the opportunity for meaningful engagement is lost. This course focuses on four treatment steps strongly linked to motivation and engagement. These steps include orienting family members to a relational model, identifying and convening key members of the treatment system, cultivating an executive treatment team, and using assessment tools to contextualize problems and reduce blaming.

This course is appropriate for beginner through advanced level practitioners.


Learning Objectives

1. Identify the critical clinical tasks of the first 30 days and explain how they affect family motivation and engagement.
2. Describe the use of family assessment tools in contextualizing problems and solutions.
3. Describe the stages of change model and how it can inform selection of interventions.
4. Describe five steps for creating an executive treatment team.
5. Describe four action steps therapists can take in sessions to create a sense of emotional safety for families.

This online distance learning course includes video web training, required readings, and a post-test to ensure comprehension of the material.

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