Building Parental Alliances:
Strategies for Getting Therapy with Children off the Ground
Instructor: John Tisdale, DMin, LPC
This 8 session course is designed to explore the practical wisdom of creating an evaluative phase of treatment, with special attention and care given to strategies for cultivating a parental alliance. In this context, a parental alliance is a collaborative relationship between parent(s) and therapist in which parental concerns and the child's potential need for treatment can be explored, clarified, articulated and mutually agreed upon before treatment begins.
This course will help students deepen their understanding of why establishing a parental alliance is essential for creating a workable evaluative phase and a sustainable therapeutic process.
This course is a strategy and skills based class. We will identify and implement strategies aimed at enhancing clinical skills related to:
communicating to parents the substance of an initial evaluative process
creating a framework within which to assess a child's need for psychotherapy
sharing treatment recommendations with parents both verbally and in writing using practical, experience-near language each person understands and confirms
creating a treatment plan with clearly identifiable goals
setting parameters for embarking upon a treatment
Participants will be asked in the spirit of a learning environment to use actual and/or fictional clinical situations to practice the skills under discussion and produce written materials. Assignments will not be graded; they will be used to supplement our learning objectives.
Class will be limited to 10 students and is intended for clinicians at beginning through intermediate levels who are working with children and parents.
Time: Thursday, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Dates: February 28 - May 2 (no class on March 14 and March 21)
Class Size: Class will be limited to 10 students.
Location: Center for Psychological and Family Services, Chapel Hill
CME Credits: 12
CE Credits: 12 Category A
LPC Credits: 12 CE clock hours
Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn elective credit in both the psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs.
Registration Fee: $25 for non-matriculated students
Matriculated students aren't charged a course registration fee.
Non-matriculated students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.
The registration fee is non-refundable.
We're unable to accept credit card payments. Please send a check payable to PECC.
Registration Deadline: February 18
We may accept registrations after February 18, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
$235 for students matriculated in the certificate programs
$290 for psychiatry residents and graduate students
$315 for non-matriculated students
The registration fee is non-refundable.
The cancellation deadline is February 17.
Students who cancel after February 17 but before February 28 will be charged a $40 late cancellation fee.
Students who cancel or drop the class February 28 or later are expected to pay the full tuition.
This text is available in hard cover and paperback, and you may use either edition. If you click on the book title, you will be linked to the book's page at amazon.com, though other bookstores also carry this text.
Novick, Kerry Kelly and Novick, Jack (2005) Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work
.† Jason Aronson (Rowman & Littlefield), Lanham, MD.
About the Instructor:
John Tisdale, DMin, LPC
is a licensed psychotherapist, an ordained United Methodist minister, and a member of the faculty of Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas (PECC), where he is an advanced candidate in adult and child psychoanalysis. He practices with the Center for Psychological and Family Services in Chapel Hill, where he works with adults and specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and parents. He completed his Masterís of Divinity degree at Duke University and his Doctorate of Ministry degree in pastoral counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, Indiana. He has worked in the Juvenile Court as a court counselor and served as pastor of a local church congregation.
Class participants will be able to:
articulate at least 3 reasons for involving a parent in the treatment process.
provide a rationale for offering parents an initial evaluative phase as a precursor to
identify at least 3 three potential clinician resistances to involving parents in the
decision making process.
list at least 5 essential elements clinicians are attempting to assess in the course of
initial interviews with parent(s) and child.
name at least 4 developmental tasks associated with pre-oedipal children.
name at least 4 developmental tasks of post-oedipal and latency age children.
define what a family roadmap is and how it can be helpful establishing treatment parameters.
practice organizing data received from parent(s) and child into the creation a family roadmap.
formulate a tentative hypothesis communicable to the parent(s) involving what the childís problems are and how the child is attempting to solve his/her own problems
practice writing at least one rationale for treatment during the course.
practice writing at least one treatment recommendation during the course.
identify at least 2 parental resistances often addressed in early phases of establishing a treatment frame.
For additional information please contact:
Sarah Tillis, MSW, Administrative Director
Phone: (919) 490-3212
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for programs that meet NBCC requirements. The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
If you have special needs, please contact the Administrative Director.
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