Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships in Multi-Stressed Families

CE Hours: 4.0
Instructor: C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Thursday, 3/10/22, Venango County via Zoom

Children treated for serious emotional problems in community agencies often live in multi-stressed families.  These families face grave and chronic personal, social, and economic challenges which can impede caregiving and disrupt family process.  Developmental science suggests that the parent-child relationship is one of the most important protective factors for children who are struggling, yet it is severely threatened in multi-stressed families.  This workshop presents an attachment-focused eco-systemic lens for identifying risk in the parent-child relationship, and how to use experiential methods such as enactment to help strengthen these relationships.   This interactive training will demonstrate concepts and methods through review of treatment videotapes.


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

  1. Describe the science on the role of the parent-child relationship as both a risk and protective factor  
  2.  Identify common psychological and relational barriers which can create ambivalence in caregiver’s commitment to leaning into the parent role
  3. Describe how to use enactments to facilitate emotional connection and boundary setting 

8:30am-12:30pm: Objectives 1-3

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

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