Reunification Family Therapy: A Treatment Manual
Author: Jan Faust
Practice Level: Advanced
This course does not qualify for NBCC credit
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Childhood problems are often related to and worsened by the disintegration of the family structure, whether through parental separation and divorce, military service, or incarceration. Reunification therapy is a therapeutic process incorporating different empirically based methods (CBT, humanistic, and systemic) to help repair relationships between parents and children and restore not only physical contact but also meaningful social, emotional, and interpersonal exchanges between parents and children.
This course, outlines the many situations numerous families currently face and why the need for reunification therapy exists. The therapist works firstly with the individual family members and then with all the family in conjoint sessions. The course guides clinicians through pretreatment decisions and processes to enable them to decide where, when, and in what form reunification therapy is appropriate, taking into account ethical, legal and special family issues. Detailed chapters outline the structure and issues for the individual and conjoint sessions, as well as a step-by-step treatment plan template. Additional tools in the Appendix enable clinicians to monitor and effectuate change.
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- Explain reasons for parent and child separation.
- Discuss the significance of child time-sharing arrangements.
- Describe terms, concepts, and research related to reunification family therapy.
- Identify pretreatment considerations for reunification family therapy.
- Explain elements of reunification family therapy with specific family members.
- Introduction to Family Structure and Fragmentation of the Family
- Bases and Elements of Reunification Therapy
- Reunification Therapy as a Specific Form of Empirically Based Family Therapy
- Pretreatment Decisions and Process
- Working With the Child
- Working With the Non-Time-Sharing Parent
- Working With the Time-Sharing Parent
- Conjoint Sessions and Effecting Change
- Legal Processes During and After Treatment
- Fundamental Treatment Plan
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