What ESFT Therapists Do in Sessions to Create Change

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

A Live, Interactive Webconference

Cost: This training is free but open only to supervisors and behavioral health professionals working in agencies contracted with CFBT

Thursday, February 8, 2024, North Carolina Training Groups via Live Interactive Zoom
Friday, February 9, 2024, North Carolina Training Groups via Live Interactive Zoom

This workshop introduces the ESFT theory of change, a session-level description of actions therapists takes to promote change. A theory of change is explained, highlighting specific therapist actions believed to be directly-linked to treatment outcomes. This workshop addresses the question often asked by therapists new to ESFT, “What do I do in sessions to promote change?”  Seven ESFT mechanisms of change and the actions associated with each are described in detail and demonstrated through videotapes of family therapy sessions.  Participants will practice using ESFT fidelity measures to identify therapists’ actions consistent with ESFT mechanisms of change.


As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how to conduct a family session using ESFT
  2. Explain the nature of change mechanisms in treatment.
  3. Describe seven core ESFT mechanisms of change.
  4. Recognize the presence or absence of ESFT mechanisms of change in videotaped family therapy sessions.

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within North Carolina Intensive In-Home program. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.


8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1-2
10:30am-10:40am: Break
10:40am-1:05pm: Focus on Objectives 3-4

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