Understanding and Treating Enmeshment in Families

CE Hours: 5.0

Cost: $60


C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Updated 7/8/19

Enmeshment is one of four structural patterns most associated with serious emotional disturbance (SED) in children. This course describes the characteristics of enmeshment and how this interactional pattern shapes children’s development of social-emotional competencies and their response to treatment. Treatment guidelines are highlighted, as well as common clinical traps that therapists are likely to encounter when working with enmeshed relational patterns. This course is an edited version of a live workshop presented for intensive, in-home family-based therapists in February 2019.

The course is for the beginner to intermediate level therapists. The target audience is all behavioral health professionals working with children and adolescents.

Learning Objectives 

  1. Identify the characteristics of enmeshed family structure
  2. Identify four basic emotional competencies and how enmeshment impacts their development
  3. Recognize the markers of enmeshed parenting
  4. Recognize four maladaptive coping strategies enmeshed families use to minimize conflict
  5. Recognize signs of induction into enmeshment and identify strategies for avoiding it
  6. Identify strategies for pushing the conversation and increasing distress tolerance in enmeshed families

This online distance learning course includes webinars, readings, links to other online resources, and post-tests to ensure comprehension of the material. Participants can communicate with the instructors via the online moodle interface.  All course content, including post-tests, should take approximately three hours to complete.

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