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Research-Based, Clinically Savvy Family Systems Therapy With Children and Adolescents

Chapter 7

About the Course:

This course provides a rigorous overview of the fundamentals of family systems therapy. Principles of systems theory are explained and then applied to family dysfunction and mental health problems. The outcome research on family therapy is summarized in a user-friendly fashion that provides therapists with guidance for treatment planning. The course presents step-by-step instruction in strategies for facilitating communication, helping clients achieve insight into their family system, reframing, therapist directives, treating enmeshment and disengagement, healing broken attachments between parents and adolescents, and disrupting feedback loops that have kept families locked in dysfunctional patterns of interaction. There are clinical illustrations, numerous examples, and an emphasis on the nitty-gritty process of doing systems-oriented family therapy with young clients.

This course is based on chapter 7 of the book, Child and Adolescent Therapy: Science and Art, 2nd Edition created by Jeremy Shapiro in 2015.

Publication Date:

Child and Adolescent Therapy Science and Art 2nd Edition 2015

Course Material Author

Jeremy P. Shapiro

Jeremy P. Shapiro, Ph.D., a clinical child psychologist and adjunct faculty member of the Psychological Sciences Department of Case Western Reserve University, has 30+ years of experience as a psychotherapist, researcher, and trainer. Dr. Shapiro has published 7 books and numerous articles on topics including child abuse, depression, youth violence prevention, psychotherapy methods, and naturalistic outcome research, and he has presented over 200 workshops to therapists in over 40 states. From the beginning, the central focus of Dr. Shapiro’s career has been integrating scientific findings with clinical reasoning to develop effective, practical strategies for helping clients.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Use principles of systems theory to understand family dysfunction and mental health problems in a unique way.

  2. Assess and identify the family conflicts, dynamics, feedback loops, and other patterns of interaction that have contributed to the mental health problems of your clients.

  3. Provide effective, systems-oriented family therapy using the strategies of facilitating communication, engendering systemic insight, reframing, therapist directives, repairing parent-adolescent attachment relationships, and reversing feedback loops that have kept families locked in dysfunctional interaction patterns.

Course Material

This exam only cover Chapter 7 of this book. Please see our site for additional courses that cover the other chapters in this book.

The book for this course is a textbook, and may be available from your local library.

References begin on page 537.

Course Material

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Course Number 102631
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