Reshaping the Caregivers Relational Maps

Instructor: Adam Boguski, MDiv

A Live, Interactive Webconference

Cost: This training is free but open only to supervisors and behavioral health professionals working in agencies contracted with CFBT

Thursday, 3/23/23, All-Site Graduate Training via Live Interactive Zoom
Training Hours: 4.0

This series counts toward required annual training hours in Family Based Mental Health Services, but is not currently available for CE credit.

Towards the goal of reducing risk and improving youth functioning, ESFT therapists focus on strengthening the caregiver-child relationship, and work through the caregiver. This is often challenging. Despite therapists’ efforts, when the youth is dysregulated and needs their caregivers to be calm and supportive, caregivers often fall into old insecurities and defensive postures, responding to the child in a way that exacerbates and maintains presenting symptoms. This workshop introduces Dr. Dan Siegel’s theory of Interpersonal Neurobiology as one way to conceptualize and address this negative pattern.Dr. Siegel’s ideas remind us that while children and parents are wired neurobiologically toward patterned ways of relating given their experiences, neurobiology can be re-shaped by more functional interpersonal interactions. This workshop focuses on the caregiver portion of the Negative Interactional Pattern, bringing more clarity to how neurobiology shapes the caregivers’ relational maps with both their children, other caregivers, and the therapists. Case studies and videotaped treatment sessions are used to demonstrate how to use enactments to reshape the caregivers’ relational maps and create more functional parent-child relationships.


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

  1. Describe Dr. Siegel’s interpersonal neurobiology framework for understanding the mind in the context of relationships.
  2.  Use an interpersonal neurobiology perspective to conceptualize the caregiver’s reactivity to the child in the NIP.
  3. Identify opportunities in family sessions to use enactments to help caregivers develop more openness to the relationship with their children.

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within Pennsylvania’s Family Based program. 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-10:40am: Break
10:40am-12:35pm: Focus on Objectives 3 & 4

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