Understanding and Treating Stepfamilies: A Subsystem–Based Approach

CE Hours: 4.0

A Live, Interactive Webconference
Wednesday, June 5, 2024, via Zoom Interactive Webconference

This workshop will present a practical approach for understanding and treating stepfamilies.  Both living in and working with step-families can be complicated and challenging at times.  Stepfamily Therapy (Sft), an evidence-based model, was co-developed by Dr. Browning. It is an approach that has been outlined in his co-authored book from APA Books.  This workshop will highlight common mistakes of family therapists who work with stepfamilies and present ways for helping professionals to avoid them.

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

  1. Recognize the unique needs of stepfamilies;
  2. Observe demonstrations of treatment with stepfamilies;
  3. Recognize family therapy techniques not suited for stepfamilies;
  4. Practice specific techniques that work with stepfamilies;


  • 8:25am-10:30 am: Objectives 1 & 2
  • 10:30am-10:40am: Break
  • 10:40am-12:35pm: Objective 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.

About The Trainer
Scott W. Browning, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus in the Department of Professional Psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.  He is a noted authority on psychological treatment with stepfamilies.  As a scholar, teacher and clinician, Scott has explored the intricacies of treating stepfamilies, and has provided advanced training in the treatment of stepfamilies to clinicians and graduate students both nationally and abroad.

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