Moving from Chaos to Clarity: Core-Focused Family Therapy
– Presented by Judye Hess, PhD [SEMINAR]
Sat February 5, 2022 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm$100 – $115
A major strength of Core-Focused Family Therapy (CFFT) is that it addresses all three dimensions of our experience: individual, interpersonal and systemic. One of the major critiques of family therapy in general is that, while it focuses on the interpersonal dynamics, it lacks the depth of individual therapy. CFFT attempts to correct this problem by encouraging clients to experience their core truths in several ways, including, the somatic level. This assists in communication among the family members. When the family can express their deepest truths to one another, profound changes can occur that lead to greater differentiation authenticity and closeness. The role of the therapist is to help families uncover and communicate these truths by teaching better communication, which, in turn, helps them to take greater responsibility for their role in conflict and alliances. When dyads or triads change, this leads to a systemic change in the family.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
- Summarize the clinical techniques and skills used in Core-Focused Family Therapy.
- Explain the concept of the “identified patient” (IP) and how it both serves and debilitates the family.
- Recognize, elicit and deepen client emotions to further change by utilizing skills of:
- deep empathy for each member,
- guiding family members to move from defensiveness to open-hearted communication
- maintaining a position of neutrality
- Explain “surface area of problem”,
- Demonstrate Checking In at the start, Checking Out when done.
- Select and assess families in terms of readiness for Core-Focused Family Therapy.
- Identify how the IP may be “holding” a certain emotion for the family.
- Explain how family therapy helps the family to see the broader context of a particular member’s difficulties, by increasing the “surface area” of the problem.
- Recognize when the family dynamic shifts from a one-person interaction with the therapist, to a dyadic encounter between two family members, e.g. direct interaction
- Explain the 11 common mistakes therapists make when working with families.
- Identify and utilize the five techniques of working with a family from start (initial phone call) to finish (termination).
Judye Hess graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a PhD in clinical psychology in 1975 and have been licensed in the state of California since 1978, and has a private therapy practice in Berkeley since 1980 where she sees couples, families and facilitates groups.
She has been teaching experiential classes in Family Dynamics, Couple counseling and Group Dynamics at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco over the last 27 years, where she is a Professor and Core Faculty member. She has also taught these courses at John F. Kennedy University, the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, and California State East Bay University.
Judye is an active member of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS) and the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) where she has facilitated groups (Interpersonal Gestalt, Interpersonal Growth, and Group Process in the NOW) at both local and national conferences and Institute. She is active in the Association for Family Therapy of Northern California (AFTNC), the American Family Therapy Association (AFTA), and the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA).
She has written many articles and has presented at national and international conferences in the Netherlands, Turkey and Vancouver, Canada, on her method of family therapy as presented in her book Core-Focused Family Therapy: Moving From Chaos to Clarity, which she wrote with Ross Cohen, LPC. (Idyll Arbor, 2008)
$75 early registration 10 days prior to seminar; $90 after
$100 early registration up to 10 days prior to seminar, $115 after
CEs: 4 CEs for LMFTs,
LCSWs, and Psychologists.
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*There is no conflict of interest or commercial support related to this CE program.