ESFT Case Seminar 2023-2024

Instructors: C. Wayne Jones, PhDJoshua Irvine, MA, LPC, & Adam Boguski, MDiv


This 5-part series is designed to demonstrate how to integrate the various components of the ESFT model and apply it with fidelity. Cases are presented by therapists who are more advanced in their training, providing opportunities to see how the model works across a wide variety of families and problems.  The ESFT Logic Model guides case discussions.  Focus is given to ESFT case conceptualization, the facilitative posture of the therapist toward the family, the influence of child and family psychology on problems and their solutions, and the assessment of personal effectiveness in sessions.  Case Seminar serves as a good place for therapists nearing capstone to present their work, receive feedback about their progress and fine tune their skills.

As a result of attending modules in this series, participants will be able to:

  1. Use the ESFT Logic Model to accurately locate stage of treatment and tailor treatment focus to the tasks of this stage. 
  2. Create a systemic, contextual explanation of the presenting problems and use it to guide sessions.
  3. Explain the role of the child’s lagging skills and/or psychology in the family’s negative interactional cycle.   
  4. Expand the family’s experience of the possible by setting up and facilitating pattern-transforming enactments.

This series counts toward required annual training hours in Family Based Mental Health Services but is not currently available for CE credit.

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.

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