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Staying The Course: Maintaining Family Engagement throughout Treatment

Staying The Course: Maintaining Family Engagement throughout Treatment

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Two hours of interactive workshop for clinicians working with children, adolescents, and their families via Zoom. (2 CE Credit)

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One of the most essential components in working with a child or adolescent is the therapeutic engagement with the family system. The ability to create shared understanding and judgement-free space in the family system in which the client belongs is necessary for progress and long-term change. Family systems can be a help or hindrance to the therapeutic process when faced with difficult and complex clinical issues.

This 2-hour workshop is designed for clinicians who are working with minor clients and their families. The presenters will discuss useful tools to address biases and barriers that inhibit treatment progress and effective relationships with clients and family, as well as, provide a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between trust and the families ability to follow through with interventions. This session will be virtual and utilize lectures, role play, breakout rooms, and group discussions.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify and address therapy interfering and disruptive patterns of behaviors within family systems

2. Identify biases and prejudices about families and its impact on treatment planning and delivery.

3. Identify three interventions for consistently working through barriers presented by family systems

Schedule:

11:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. - Introduction

11:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - Therapy Interfering Behaviors

12:05 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Clinical Biases & Impact on Treatment

12:30 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. - Barriers to Effective Implementation of Therapeutic Interventions

12:55 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. - Building trust to implement safety and behavior plans

1:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Q&A Wrap-up

Presenters:

Dionne Patterson- Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in Georgia with more than thirteen years of experience working with high risk adolescents and their families. Dionne has vast experience working with parents who are navigating family crises and parent/child relational conflicts. Dionne obtained her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and earned a Master of Science in Community Counseling from Mercer University (2009). Dionne has experience working as a Family Counselor in a Substance Abuse Residential Program. She has also worked Direct Care in a Residential Program and was a Therapist in the Community Intervention Program prior to transitioning into a role as Community Intervention Program Manager at Hillside.

Utilizing various strategies to engage the most “treatment resistant” families in service delivery, Dionne is adept at building rapport, trust, and collaborative working relationships with Families. Dionne is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and utilizes a Trauma Informed approach in her work with Families. She is also trained in Level One Theraplay, Level 4 Standard Teen Triple P and Level 5 Pathways Triple P, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused CBT, and is a certified Prepare Enrich for Couples facilitator.

Taylor Whelchel is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia with more than five years of direct care experience with high risk adolescents and their families in substance abuse clinics, university settings, and day programs. She has worked with the Hillside Intensive In-Home Program as a Therapist and Program Manager since 2017 and is currently leading Hillside’s Virtual DBT Intensive Outpatient Program.

Taylor was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in 2018, and has specialized in working with teenagers who struggle with suicidality, self-harm, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She also has training in Motivational Interviewing (2016), Trauma-Focused CBT (2017), and Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (2016).

Continuing Education Credits:

2 Contact Hours for Counselors through NBCC

2 Core Hours for Social Workers approved by GSCSW Approval #040422

2 Related Hours for Marriage & Family Therapists

For additional questions please contact Hillside's Clinical Education Manager, Gaan Akers, LPC, at gakers@hside.org

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