Course Summary

Practice Level: Advanced

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.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a posttest. When you’re ready, purchase the test by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • 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.

Course Syllabus

  • 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


Jan Faust, PhD, ABPP

Jan Faust, PhD, ABPP, is Professor at the College of Psychology Faculty, Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Faust developed the Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program, which is a clinical, training, and research facility serving children exposed to traumatic events. She has conducted various research projects, and currently she is conducting treatment outcome research on treatment efficacy for families in reunification therapy, parent empathy training, and children with postt raumatic stress disorder. She has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in the field of child, adolescent, and family psychology.

Accreditation Approval Statements

This course does not qualify for NBCC credit is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 08/08/21-08/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 5 clinical continuing education credits.

Courses have been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #91345 is responsible for all aspects of the programming.

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