The Supervisors Role in Helping Therapists Create Emotional Safety in Families

CE Hours: 6.0
Instructor: C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Friday, April 9th, 2021 (Philhaven & Central PA Sites)
Friday, April 23rd, 2021 (Norristown Site)

PA FBMHS training supervisors via Zoom Web Conference Training


A key mechanism of change in ESFT is ensuring that family members experience themselves as calm, regulated, focused, and emotionally connected in treatment sessions.  Given the trauma histories of the children and families treated in FBMHS, where danger and threat are all too common, this can be challenging for therapists.  Supervision can be an important context for therapists to learn the necessary skills of creating emotional safety in their sessions.  This workshop introduces concepts from polyvagal theory, such as neuroception and co-regulation, and demonstrates their application to both treatment and supervision.   Supervisors will bring in videotapes of their supervisees’ clinical work and their supervision for review and practice.  Strength-based strategies are discussed for helping supervisees learn to more effectively attune to their internal emotional arousal and that of family members.


  1. Describe the importance of emotional safety in establishing and maintaining an alliance
  2. Explain the application of the concepts neuroception and co-regulation to therapy and supervision
  3. Recognize the signs of attunement and mis attunement in videotapes of family treatment sessions
  4. Identify strength-based strategies for increasing therapists’ self-awareness of emotional arousal and dysregulation

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