When a family comes for therapy, the therapist needs to make sense of the swirling family dynamics very quickly. This 3-day workshop provides a set of concise, evidence-based structures and tools, to help the family therapist understand the family’s situation and formulate an effective way forward, otherwise the family risks dropping out of therapy.
This 2-day workshop provides a set of concise, evidence-based structures and tools, to help workers understand the family’s situation and formulate an effective way forward.
We will cover two assessment tools:
- The SCORE Index of Family Functioning and Change, which is a research tool used to assess the family’s lived experience, and is now an established measure of family functioning.
- The SOFTA (System for Observing Family Therapy Alliances), which is used to assess the quality of the Balanced Alliance of the therapist.
At the Williamsroad Family Therapy Centre, we have embedded both these measures in our clinical practice, including our Low Cost Clinic. If you’re looking for a way to measure & improve your own quality of practice as a therapist, this workshop is for you.
Family Assessment & Systemic Case Conceptualisation
- First contact, and stepping into the family system
- Severity and types of family problems: markers of straightforward and complex family problems
- Patterns and severity of individual and family suffering: subjective experience vs externally visible perspectives
- Mapping the family system, and systemic forces, including the emotional climate and attachment bonds
- Conceptualizing systemic dynamics
- The SCORE methodology: development, evidence base and applications
Balanced Alliance & Sequence of Work
- What is the Balanced Alliance?
- Why is it a useful marker of the quality of practice?
- How to monitor & maintain a balanced alliance
- The SOFTA methodology: development, evidence base and application