Shifting Negative Family Patterns Through Facilitated Enactments

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

A Live, Interactive Webconference
Friday, 4/22/22, Wellspan-Philhaven via Live Interactive Zoom
Thursday, 4/28/22, Norristown via Live Interactive Zoom

Children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral issues (and their families) can become entrenched in negative interactional patterns that perpetuate and exacerbate high-risk behavior.  ESFT treatment, using enactments, disrupts and shifts these negative interactional patterns to more functional ones.  This training builds upon the Winter workshop,  Identifying Family Patterns Through Facilitated Enactments, which introduced enactments and how to use them in family assessment.  This workshop describes three types of change–inducing enactments.  Videotaped sessions demonstrate how to use different types of enactments in family treatment.  An emphasis is placed on having a systemic case conceptualization guiding family sessions.  A systemic case conceptualization enables family therapists to recognize key negative patterns when they occur and then use enactments to create more functional relationships.  Four phases of enactment are explained and demonstrated: setting the stage, giving the directive, keeping the conversation on track, and helping the family process and make meaning of the enactment.


As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe enactments and when to use them in treatment
  2. Show the link between having a clear systemic case conceptualization and effective enactments
  3. Identify and describe three types of change-inducing enactments
  4. Explain actions involved in the four phases of an enactment

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within an Ecosystemic Family Therapy Model. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.


8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1 & 2
10:30am-10:45am: Break
10:45am-1:10pm: Focus on Objectives 3 & 4

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