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Family Therapy: Using a Systemic Lens to Engage Families and Co-parents in their Children and Adolescents Treatment


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NYS OMH EBP Members
Faculty:
Kenneth Epstein
Course Levels:
Beginning and Intermediate
Duration:
7 Hours 15 Minutes
License:
Not Applicable
Location:
Batavia, New York
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Description

Registration Open

Wednesday, August 21, 2019


This course will present core theories and practices framing the foundation of clinical practice with families and co-parents. The course objectives will assist participants in understanding, assessing, formulating and treating children, youth and families through a systemic lens. The workshop will include:

  1. How human problems are conceptualized using relational, family process, structural and systems theories.
  2. The relationship between the family and the socio-cultural environment,

Including the Impact of intergenerational family process, trauma, family structure, culture, family organization, structural and systemic process on the development and maintenance of family strength, resilience and problem formation.

  1. How to effectively Assess and Formulate presented problems into a systemic plan of care? Including understanding and incorporating diverse family structures, meanings, and narratives that are inclusive of multiple identities, contexts, and life experiences across the world. 
  2. Strategies to engage families and co-parents in treatment including engagement and treatment strategies for high conflict families and couples.

Attention will be given to foundational theory and practice that contribute to the development of family therapy as well as newer epistemological positions and concepts deriving from post-modern, feminist, and social constructionist theories. Our exploration of family theory and practice will include crosscutting issues of culture, ethnicity, race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability. We will discuss the changing definition of family forms and social norms. This course will stimulate participants to think about human behavior and relationships through a family systems perspective.  Ultimately the class will focus on integrating theory and practice in order to give participants a working understanding and strategy to engage, formulate, assess and treat co-parents and families.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine structural and relational theories of family therapy and analyze them in relation to families;
  1. Demonstrate understanding of methods for assessing, formulating, engaging and intervening with families and co-parents;
  1. Demonstrate understanding of family systems with respect to development, attachment, structure, trauma and the impact of mental illness, substance abuse and family conflict on family functioning;
  1. Recognize the importance of family social networks and community systems (genograms, ecosystems and ecomaps) affect understanding and treatment of mental and emotional problems in families and couples;
  1. Compare, contrast and outline strategies for supportive, educational, and therapeutic interventions for working with families.

Research:

Dr. Epstein’s work is rooted in structural family therapy with a systems approach. Information on structural family therapy can be found on Google scholar. Information on systems theory can be found on Google scholar.

Content level: beginning and intermediate

Target Audience: social workers, mental health therapists, and other clinicians providing mental health services to children, youth, and families who meet the NYS OMH training grant eligibility criteria

ADA Accommodations: If you require any support for your ADA needs in the United States, please contact us by email at least 3 weeks prior to the event by email at sw-ebp@buffalo.edu  or by phone at 716-829-5843.

Customer Service:  We are happy to respond to any concerns or questions you may have. Please contact us at by email at sw-epb@buffalo.edu  or by phone at 716-829-5843.

Credits


UBSW - NYS LCAT CEUs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-003. Continuing education self-study contact hours: 5.5


UBSW - NYS LMFT CEUs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0007. Continuing education self-study contact hours: 5.5


UBSW - NYS LMHC CEUs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0008. Continuing education self-study contact hours: 5.5


UBSW - NYS LMSW & LCSW CEUs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Continuing education self-study contact hours: 5.5



Faculty

Kenneth Epstein's Profile

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Ph.D., LCSW


Dr. Epstein has worked within family and youth service programs since 1981 as a line worker, clinician, program director, professor and chief executive officer. Dr. Epstein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Ph.D. in clinical social work from Smith College and an MSW from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Epstein currently works for East Bay Agency for Children and as a consultant helping organizations promote and achieve culture change by improving organizational practices and workforce development.

 

Previously he directed the Children, Youth and Family ’System of Care for San Francisco County Behavioral Health Services in the Department of Public Health. In this capacity he developed and led the vision and implementation of Trauma Informed Systems which has become an organizational promising practice and has been spotlighted by SAMHSA. In addition, he served as the Principal Investigator for Trauma Transformed a regional SAMHSA grant.

Beginning in 1990 Dr. Epstein has specialized in developing, supervising, teaching and practicing couples and family therapy.  He is the founding director of the Intensive Family Model Clinic that he replicated at UCSF as well as other organizations. Dr. Epstein has focused his career on working with High Conflict couples and families and building effective services and programs to serve this population.


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Location

Genesee Community College – Conable Technology Building

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1 College Road, Batavia, New York 14120, United States

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