Treating Youth Living In Under-Organized Families

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

A Live, Interactive Webconference
Thursday, June 15, 2023, via Zoom Interactive Webconference

Life in the home for children living in under-organized families is marked by inconsistency and chaos.  Caregivers are often distracted, disengaged, and absent from the home, leaving children at high risk for emotional neglect, and sometimes abuse. The nature of emotional neglect and emotional detachment are described in detail, as well as its emotional and behavioral impacts.  Clips from films and family sessions are used to highlight the internal experience of emotionally neglected youth and how to best support them in engaging in an emotionally focused therapeutic process.

As a result of participating in this training, attendees will be able to:

  1. Recognize the characteristics of under-organization in families
  2. Describe the link between family under-organization, emotional neglect, and children’s presenting problems.
  3. Identify the most common survival skills youth develop as a result of living in under-organized families.
  4. Describe strategies for emotionally engaging distrustful, detached youth in treatment.


  • 8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1 & 2
  • 10:30am-10:40am: Break
  • 10:40am-12:35pm: Focus on Objectives 3 & 4

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within an Ecosystemic Family Therapy Model. 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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