Shifting Negative Family Patterns Through Facilitated Enactments

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

Thursday, 10/7/21, Venango County Human Services via Zoom

Therapists working in the community see many families who are stuck in negative, self-defeating interactional patterns that create a toxic relational environment for their children and themselves. These negative patterns result in caregivers struggling to find empathy and compassion for their children and struggling to maintain a leadership role in the family.  Caregivers often also struggle with co-parenting with their partners. Therapists relying strictly on methods directed at changing cognitions or behavior often fail with multi-stressed families.  This workshop describes how to use a method that is the cornerstone of EcoSystemic approaches to family therapy – enactments. This approach involves therapists assuming a facilitative role, seizing on opportunities in sessions to help family members to experience themselves in more functional interactions with one another. 


As a result of participating in this workshop, therapists will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of supportive counseling, psychoeducation, coaching, and enactment in family therapy
  2. Describe the nature of an enactment and the reasons this approach is effective in shifting negative family patterns
  3. Recognize when to use an enactment in sessions and how to set it up to be effective

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