An educational program for therapists sponsored by Jonah Green and Associates, LLC
For CE or Supervision Credit
“Couple and Family Therapy Training through Role-Play” is an online, interactive educational program for 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 empirically-supported systematic skill-building methods of Deliberate Practice training (https://www.dpfortherapists.com/inner-skills-intro).
This is a practical “how-to” course with a minimum of theory that offers students the opportunity to learn and practice family therapy approaches and techniques in real time. This is the fourth year of the class, so the format and curriculum has been fine-tuned with the help of extensive feedback.
Each class session consists of a didactic presentation, a discussion, and a role-play demonstration. Participants will apply the skills presented, alternating between therapist, client, and observer roles, and will be able to access class recordings and other educational materials outside of class.
The program consists of two series, each of which grants a Certificate:
Series One: Foundational Skills in Family Therapy (Sessions 1-16)
Series Two: Advanced Family Therapy Practice: Specialized Techniques, Populations, and Presenting Problems (sessions 17-30)
Topics will be as follows:
Series One: Foundational Skills
- Course overview/Applying person-centered listening to families
- First contact: Joining, collaborating, planning
- First session: Making connections, establishing a therapeutic atmosphere, gathering information
- Developing a Safe and Hopeful Therapeutic Environment
- Collaborative Assessment and Planning; Use-of-Self and the Therapeutic Stance
- Stimulating Relational Dialogue
- Expanding perspectives, Deepening the Process, Catalyzing Change
- Strengths and Solution-Focused Approaches
- Strengthening Sub-Systems and Supporting the Family Structure
- Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy
- Building Collaborative Conversation
- Emotion-Focused Family Therapy
- Supporting and Guiding Parents
- Including Children; Experiential and Play-Based Techniques
Series Two: Advanced Family Therapy Practice
- Family Relationships through the Life Cycle; Genograms
- Trauma-Focused Family Therapy
- Couples Therapy: Best Practices
- Families and Addiction
- Separating and Divorcing Families
- Self-Harm and Suicide
- Sibling subsystems
- Emerging Adults in Families
- Generating Mindfulness and Empathy
- Cultural Humility; Self-Disclosure
- Disability and Mental Illness
- LGBTQ+ Families
- Families and Termination
Participants who attend 14 sessions from the first series and 12 sessions from the second series may obtain Certificates. We offer make-up sessions throughout the year.
Classes are on Wednesdays from 8:15 AM to 9:45 AM. The first session will begin on Wednesday, Sep 13, 2023, and end on Wednesday, January 3. We will skip December 27. The second session will start on Wednesday, January 10, and end on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.
Each 1.5-hour class costs $50 to attend.
CE or Supervisory Credit:
Participants may obtain Category 1 Credit for Continuing Education through the Maryland Board of Social Work; Category and the DC Board of Social Work. CE Credit may be available through the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.
Graduate-level Social Workers or Marriage and Family Therapists may be able to obtain supervisory credit toward their Clinical License.
Jonah Green, LCSW-C, and Chris Erb, LGMFT will serve as supervisors and mentors throughout both series. Jonah is a Clinical Social Worker who obtained his Master’s Degree from Boston University, and he has nearly 30 years of experience as a child and family therapist. He has trained via role-playing and live supervision 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.
Chris is a clinician at Jonah Green and Associates, LLC. He trained at the Master’s Level Couple and Family Therapy program at the University of Maryland, providing therapy services at the Center For Healthy Families. Chris is not only passionate about helping families heal, but also about imparting his knowledge to others. He brings a wealth of practical experience to the class, having worked with families from diverse backgrounds and with a range of issues.