C. Wayne Jones, PhD, Founder & Director

C. Wayne Jones, PhD, a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Family Based Training.  He spent the first 16 years of his career as a child and family psychologist at the former Philadelphia Child Guidance Center (PCGC), where Dr. Salvador Minuchin developed the Structural Model of family therapy. Dr. Jones served in numerous capacities while at PCGC, including practitioner, researcher, supervisor, and senior faculty member of the internationally acclaimed Family Therapy Training Center.

It was at PCGC that Dr. Jones first became involved with Pennsylvania’s Family Based Mental Health Services program.  He was a member of the 1988 workgroup which designed its first training curriculum; he then served as a trainer.  In 1999, Dr. Jones collaborated with Dr. Marion Lindblad-Goldberg to establish the Philadelphia Child & Family Therapy Training Center, an outgrowth of PCGC. Here he served as Associate Director and led a major revamping of the three-year FBMHS training curriculum.

Another longstanding focus for Dr. Jones is the area of early childhood mental health. While at PCGC and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he served as the Principal Investigator of several major community-based federal research demonstration programs. These family-centered programs were designed to strengthen families and foster the emotional and academic readiness skills of high-risk young children.  One of these programs, the Comprehensive Child Development Program, was the precursor to what is now known as Early Head Start.

Dr. Jones is a member of AAMFT and is an Approved Marriage and Family Supervisor. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and lectured nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to children, families, and relationally oriented interventions. His most recent publication, Setting the Stage for Change: In-Home Family-Based Treatment, is designed to serve as a treatment manual for FBMHS therapists.

Emily Stier, Education Coordinator

Emily Stier, BA is the Education Coordinator at The Center for Family Based Training, and is your point of contact for all-things administrative. This includes contracting, scheduling, overseeing fidelity measures, and technical assistance with the online learning center.

Emily first became involved with intensive in-home family based services in 2009 when she became an Administrative Program Director with Pennsylvania Counseling Services FBMHS in York County, later transferring to Lancaster County where she was born and raised. She enjoyed that role until 2014, when she began working for the Center for Family Based Training. While working in Family Based Mental Health Services, she loved learning about the clinical side of ESFT from the main training faculty at that time – Dr. Jones, Andy Fussner and Jorge Colapinto. She also understood the value of the day-to-day administrative tasks associated with running effective clinical programs. Emily’s experience as a program manager in the world of intensive in-home services affords her a valuable insider perspective on the challenges supervisors face in juggling the multiple demands and tasks related to program implementation.  She understands the importance of supporting through responsiveness, knowledge, and patience.   Her aim is to make the training experience a good one for everyone.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, reading old mystery novels, getting outdoors, and investing in the pastoral-care role she has at her church.