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:
- Describe the advantages and disadvantages of three common roles therapists take in sessions with families, including teaching, coaching, and facilitation
- Describe the nature of a facilitated enactment and its systemic underpinnings
- Recognize when to use an enactment in sessions and how to set it up so the family engages with one another in a new way
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