An educational program for therapists sponsored by Jonah Green and Associates, LLC
For CE or Supervision Credit; Certification Available
“Couple and Family Therapy Training through Role-Play” is an online educational program for licensed therapists that teaches couples and family therapy skills through role-playing. Couple and family training has incorporated role-play for over 50 years and is consistent with the systematic skill-building methods of Deliberate Practice training, which have broad empirical support (https://www.dpfortherapists.com/inner-skills-intro).
The program consists of weekly 1.5-hour sessions wherein participants obtain support for cases and build family therapy skills. Each session includes didactic material and a case presentation, followed by role-plays and drills to build skills. Attendees alternate between the roles of therapist, clients, and observers who provide supportive feedback.
Sessions occur on Sundays from 1-2:30 PM. The curriculum begins on October 3, 2021, and continues through the Spring of 2022, but each session is a stand-alone learning experience wherein eligible clinicians may acquire Continuing Education or Supervision credit.
Participants who attend 25 of the 31 sessions, seven of the ten foundation sessions (including several required sessions), and two individual supervision sessions may obtain a Certificate in Advanced Couple and Family Therapy Skills.
Following the 31-session curriculum, trainers will repeat topics on an as-needed basis so that participants who missed sessions can complete their requirements and hold additional sessions for a reduced rate (see Pricing) on matters requiring complex skills.
Jonah Green, LCSW-C, and other clinicians at Jonah Green and Associates, LLC will facilitate. Jonah has over 25 years of experience as a child and family therapist. He has trained via role-playing at the Philadelphia Child and Family Guidance Center and the Minuchin Center, among other venues. Jonah is a Registered Social Work Supervisor and provides supervision for LMSWs. Jonah Green and Associates, LLC is a Category 1 Continuing Education provider through the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.
The cost for a stand-alone individual 1.5-hour session is $80. Prices reduce when participants pay for additional sessions:
-$360/5 sessions (10% discount)
-$680/10 sessions (15% discount)
-$1625/25 sessions (full certificate-20% discount)
The cost for each of the two individual supervision sessions is $50 for those pursuing the Certificate.
Those who finish the Certificate may attend subsequent training for $50/session (40% discount).
Course Curriculum–Weekly Topics
The first ten sessions cover foundational skills, and subsequent sessions focus on specific techniques, theories, populations, or circumstances. The instructors may suggest non-required educational materials for reading or viewing outside the sessions to enhance learning.
1. Overview of Curriculum/Course Structure, Guidelines for Presenting Case Material
2. Planning initial sessions: the “flexible family therapy” approach (required for Certificate)
3. Joining, goal-setting, and confidentiality
4. Constructing and maintaining a safe environment
5. Stimulating systemic thinking (required for Certificate)
6. Self-as-therapist, self-disclosure, and the “therapeutic stance.”
7. Reframing (required for Certificate)
8. Enactments (required for Certificate)
9. Strengths and Solution-Focused Approaches (required for Certificate)
10. Supporting a healthy family structure (required for Certificate)
Families with Children
11. Supporting and Guiding Parents; Behavior Management
12. Directive and Play-Based Techniques; Genograms
Addressing the Issues in the Room: Experiential Approaches to Couples and Family Therapy
13. Emotion-Focused Interventions
14. Building Collaborative Conversation through “Doubling” and other techniques
15. Building Empathy and Mentalization
16. Grief and trauma
17. Couples Therapy: Best Practices
18. Broaching taboos: sex and money
Directive Work within Unstable Systems
19. Using Psychoeducation; Addictions and Families
20. Separating and Divorcing Families
22. Abuse, Neglect, and Family Violence
Working with Subsystems
23. Sibling subsystems; parents and children together
24. Emerging Adults in Families
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Families
25. Emotion Regulation; Developing Family Mindfulness
26. Self-Injury and Suicide
27. CBT Interventions with Children and Teens
Dealing with Difference
28. Cultural Humility and Prejudice
29. Disability and Mental Illness
30. LGBTQ+ families
31. Mindful Termination