Ethical Considerations in Working with “At Risk” Parents and Families in Order to Develop Positive Parenting Skills – April 5, 2019

April 5, 2019 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Presenter: Ian Masson, M.S.

Friday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 3 CE credits

Cases that include court or social service involvement add a certain degree of complexity that can make progress difficult and present unique challenges. Often times, the therapist must be able to navigate the expectations of other professionals such as social workers and court officials while at the same time attempt to promote effective change in families that are experiencing ongoing distress, trauma, or transition. Identifying the therapist’s role and being able to communicate regarding therapeutic process becomes important as these other professionals frequently desire updates. Developing or even maintaining a therapeutic alliance can be difficult when services are mandated, and the need to communicate with other professionals can be an added barrier to the development of the therapeutic relationship. When working with “at risk” families, it can be difficult to maintain a skills-based perspective as opposed to a pathology or “problem-based” perspective, making it more difficult for a counselor to maintain a sense of hope both for family members and for oneself as the therapist. The degree to which the therapist is able to connect with a family, build on and expand the family’s skill set, and communicate effectively with the other professionals involved can drastically improve the outcome of the case.

Workshop Objectives: Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  1. Identify characteristics, challenges, and strengths of “at risk” families.
    2. Identify ethical and legal challenges in working with other professionals involved, including how to appropriately communicate around progress and recommendations.
    3. Identify strategies to support family development of positive parenting skills and make appropriate treatment recommendations.

Ian Masson, M.S., LPC, is a therapist at Chrysalis Counseling Centers in Culpeper, VA. Ian received his certification in Child-Centered Play Therapy through NIRE and primarily works with children. Ian also oversees the Intensive Therapeutic Parenting Program at Chrysalis, a service that seeks to develop child-centered parenting skills through use of Dr. Louise Guerney’s Parenting: A Skills Training Manual.

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