AIMS

FAMILY LIFE CYCLE

To develop knowledge of:
The cycle of family life
What symptoms occur at what age and stage
What dynamics occur in typical families?
Where a family is stuck
How a child can have a symptom that belongs elsewhere

PARENT INTERVIEW

To demonstrate the importance of:
A thorough assessment
Structure and flexibility
Listening well
Asking questions
Hearing how the child is situated in the parent’s discourse

FAMILY INTERVIEW

To demonstrate the importance of:
A thorough assessment
Knowledge of the major theories
(What different theorists look for, how they view the symptom, how they think change occurs and how they intervene)
Assessment tools
Assessment structure

FORMULATION, FEEDBACK & CONTRACT NEGOTIATION

To develop knowledge and skills in:
Case conferencing which consists of:
Formulating a case
Setting goals for change
Diagnosing
Treatment planning
Feedback
Negotiating contracts

PARENT & FAMILY WORK

To develop knowledge and skills in:
Hearing and working with the demand of the parent(s) & child
Determining how parents are contributing to the child’s symptom
Working with traumas, marital problems, unresolved issues from family of origin and oedipal issues