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 advantages and disadvantages of three common roles therapists take in sessions with families, including teaching, coaching, and facilitation
  2. Describe the nature of a facilitated enactment and its systemic underpinnings
  3. 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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