Translating ESFT Fundamentals into Clinical Practice 2020-2021

Altoona Site:  8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Central PA Site: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

In cases presented for consultations in these clinicals, the key focus is on supporting therapists’ skills in applying the fundamentals of ESFT in their work.  The focus is on learning to see, think, do, and be with families in ways that are consistent with the model. This means that case discussions are grounded in the identification of the family’s negative interactional cycle. Significant attention is given to helping therapists recognize patterns, both positive and negative, observed in videotapes of treatment sessions, then translate their observations to a systemic conceptualization and treatment plan. Mini-didactics are provided to deepen and extend therapists’ understanding of basic systemic concepts and principles.

As a result of participating in these clinicals, therapists will be able to:

  1. Identify family beliefs and see interactional patterns maintaining or exacerbating identified problems
  2. Maintain an empathic, collaborative, strength-based attitude with family members and community providers
  3. Clarify treatment focus and select appropriate systemic interventions
  4. Conceptualize problems and their solutions in systemic terms.
  5. Demonstrate strategies for obtaining caregiver “buy-in” to a relational frame of the problem and its solution.

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

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