Systemic Family Therapy - Conceptual and Practice Skills
A four-day intensive
with Kerrie James MSW, MLitt (Gender Studies)
This training introduces Systemic Family Therapy and gives participants a solid grounding in conceptual and practice skills.
In Systemic Family Therapy the emphasis is on understanding problems as evolving within relational, historical, cultural and social contexts. Conceptualising family relationships and patterns of interaction in relation to presenting concerns are key skills in family therapy practice. The goal is to elicit changes in these patterns in order to improve the wellbeing of family members, especially the person with symptoms or problems. It involves the following key assumptions:
• Clinicians who work with children and families must be able to engage and work with parents to improve the relational environment in which children are living.
• The term ‘family’ does not assume an intact biological family but, instead, the key attachment figures in the child’s life.
• Family therapy involves setting goals with family members and developing interventions to achieve these goals.
• While ‘family therapy’ implies seeing the whole family together in the room, it is just as important to know when and how to work with sub-systems to achieve particular goals.