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 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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