Using the ESFT Mechanisms of Change as a Guide for Trouble-Shooting Treatment Challenges

CE Hours: 6.0


C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Friday, February 7, 2020, Philhaven, Mount Gretna, PA
8:30am to 3:30pm

Regardless of how experienced a therapist is in providing intensive, in-home family-based treatment, the child and family may not progress as much as expected.  Sometimes this is because of factors beyond the therapist’s control. There are other times, however, when progress is stymied because the treatment context is not structured in a way that effectively promotes change.  This workshop, designed for graduates of ESFT core training, reviews the six core mechanisms of change and demonstrates how to use them to trouble-shoot problems in treatment. Therapists are asked to view their treatment from the family’s perspective.   Learning is fostered through viewing, analyzing and discussing within small groups videotaped therapy sessions of the therapist’s own work, that of colleagues, and demonstrations from “the best of Family Based treatment” library. 


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

  1. Identify signs that family members experience imbalance in the therapeutic alliance  
  2. Identify signs that a key family member may be missing from the treatment 
  3. Recognize the extent to which a therapist’s relationship with the child and family is collaborative
  4. Recognize the extent to which family members feel the therapist is attuned to their distress or discomfort in family sessions 
  5. Identify markers of family member buy-in to a relational frame and relational treatment 
  6. Recognize the extent to which family members experience the therapist as actively facilitating more functional interactions in sessions.    

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