Therapist’s Self-Awareness in Family Treatment

CE Hours: 4.0
Cost: $90
Instructor: Frani Pollack, MSW, PhD

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, 11/17/22, All-Site Graduate Training via Live Interactive Zoom

This workshop is designed to expand therapists’ awareness of themselves in sessions and strengthen their ability to avoid induction into individual family members’ emotional field. Self-awareness is a tool that helps therapists attune to their personalities, strengths, beliefs, thoughts, emotions, and motivation in treatment sessions. It also helps therapists to understand how different family members may perceive them, which is very important to maintaining a balance therapeutic alliance. Family therapy is particularly challenging because there are competing agendas, strong emotions, and histories of trauma and pain, all of which can activate sensitive issues within the therapist’s personal life. This workshop is informed by Harry Aponte’s ideas about “signature themes” and the person-of-the therapist, as well as Peter Rober’s ideas about fast and slow thinking. The workshop also includes the main tenets of Internal Family Systems and how this theory can be used to deepen one’s self-reflection in their work with clients. Didactics, case examples, videotape analysis, self-reflective exercises, and small group discussion are used to deepen the conversation about therapist’s self-awareness in day-to-day practice.


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

  1. Describe the concepts of signature themes and person-of-the therapist and why they are important 
  2. Explain the link between therapist personal signature themes, induction, and isomorphism in family treatment. 
  3. Describe the concepts of slow thinking and fast thinking and how they apply to decision-making in family treatment  
  4. Describe the premise of Internal Family Systems and how it relates to the therapist’s own self reflection in their work.

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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