Shifting Negative Family Patterns Through Facilitated Enactments

CE Hours: 4.5
Cost: $90
Instructor: C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Thursday, 2/25/22, Wellspan-Philhaven via Zoom
Thursday, 3/3/22, Norristown via Zoom

Therapists working in intensive, in-home family-based programs 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 or struggling to maintain a leadership role in the family. Caregivers may 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 enactments, a method that involves therapists facilitating family members to have direct conversations with one another and to experience their relationship in a new way. Focus is devoted to recognizing when to use an enactment in family sessions and how to set it up to be effective.


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

  1. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of three common roles therapists can 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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