Recognizing Enmeshment in Families

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

Friday, April 12th, 2018, 8:30am-12:30pm, Mercer County Behavioral Health, Mercer County, PA

The focus of this workshop is the role that the family structure plays in shaping children’s development of social-emotional competencies and their response to treatment. Enmeshment is one of four structural patterns associated with serious emotional disturbance. Enmeshment is often subtle and very difficult for clinicians to see. When it is missed and not addressed, children and adolescents may not be as responsive to standard interventions. This workshop describes the characteristics of enmeshment. Treatment guidelines are highlighted, as well as common clinical traps therapists are likely to encounter when working with enmeshed relational patters.

By attending this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how enmeshed relationship patterns shape children’s social-emotional competencies
  2. Recognize the markers of enmeshment
  3. Identify the primary focus of treatment when working with enmeshment
  4. Describe common clinical traps when working with enmeshment

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