Training, Supervision, and Certification Program
Filial Family Therapy
For over 25 years, NIRE has been training mental health professionals in an approach to family therapy with young children known as the Filial Family Therapy Model. The Filial Family Therapy model was developed by Bernard Guerney, Jr., Ph.D. and Louise Guerney, Ph.D. and involves parents in conducting play therapy sessions with their own children following initial training and with on-going supervision by a mental health professional. This innovative and effective child and family therapy has been developed, refined, and well researched over the past 30 years. NIRE is the leading national training center for Filial Family Therapy and provides skills training workshops, supervision, and certification in the Filial Family Therapy model. NIRE is fortunate to have both Dr. Bernard Guerney and Dr. Louise Guerney as members of its training staff and faculty.
The Filial Family Therapy Model
Filial Family Therapy (FFT), also known as Child Relationship Enhancement® Family Therapy, represents an extension of the principles of the Child-Centered Play Therapy Model to the entire family unit. FFT is designed for instances where children between ages 2 and 12 present with problems where inclusion of their parent(s) would be advantageous. Essentially, parents are systematically trained to conduct therapeutic play sessions with their children and receive on-going supervision and support from the FFT-trained professional to reach four goals:
- to reduce child symptoms
- to enhance the parent-child relationship
- to improve child competence and self-esteem
- to improve parenting skills.
Supported by a wealth of research, FFT has been empirically demonstrated to be a highly effective approach and has demonstrated the attainment of goals for both children and parents across a wide variety of problems from parent-child relationship enhancement in divorce situations to parental abuse of children. Short (10 week) and longer formats with individual parents and their child(ren), or couples and groups of unrelated parents can be used.
On-Site Training Opportunities
This and all other NIRE professional training workshops can be offered on-site and tailored to meet your organization’s or group’s distinctive needs. For more information on this potentially cost-saving alternative, please see On-Site Training Workshops.
Filial Family Therapy Skills Training Workshop:
Teaching Parents To Utilize Play Therapy Techniques with their Children
The purpose of this two-day training program is to provide participants who have had previous training in Child-Centered Play Therapy with a comprehensive introduction to the Filial Family Therapy Model and to teach participants the principles and techniques for conducting all aspects of Filial Family Therapy (FFT), from intake through termination. The workshop emphasizes the building of participants’ therapist skills to be able to teach the techniques of play therapy to parents through the use of lecture, video examples, and supervised skills training. Participants will practice via role-plays the methods of training, supervising, and supporting parents as they learn to conduct therapeutically oriented play sessions with their children. Attention will also be given to the specifics of organizing and initiating FFT in participants’ own settings.
The ratio of participants to workshop leader(s) is kept small so as to ensure ample opportunity for skills training and individual supervision.
Completion of this workshop is a prerequisite for application to NIRE’s:
- Certification Program in Filial Family Therapy
For information, please visit Certification Programs in RE Therapy, CCPT and FFT
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify the five major goals of Filial Play Therapy
- Describe the inclusionary and exclusionary criteria relating to both children and parents when utilizing Filial Play Therapy
- Describe the steps and activities associated with the basic skills training phase of the Filial Play Therapy process
- Apply the 4-step parent feedback process used in supervising parents’ play sessions with their own children
- Compare the commonalities and differences between individual family, small group, and large group formats of Filial Play Therapy
- History, development and supporting research for FFT
- Rationale, methods and principles of FFT
- Deciding for whom FFT is appropriate
- Intake procedures and structuring for FFT
- Sequences and stages of FFT
- Teaching parents play therapy skills and supervising parent/child sessions
- Addressing common problems parents encounter in home play sessions
- Video tapes of parents playing at various therapy stages; discussion of tapes
- Individual versus group formats and brief (10 sessions) versus longer formats
- Adaptations for special populations
- Termination issues
- Transferring FFT to participants’ settings
A two-day training workshop in Child-Centered Play Therapy (or its equivalent in course work) offered by IDEALS, NIRE, Penn State, Guerney, Nordling, Scuka, SUNY-Oswego, North Texas State, Landreth, Andronico, Ginsburg, Lay, Levinger, Norton, Sywulak, VanFleet, or someone else who uses, as a strict guide, writings by Axline, Moustakas, Ginott or by the people listed above. Otherwise, it is recommended that those interested in this workshop first take a two-day workshop in Child-Centered Play Therapy.
13 hours of CE credits are provided to psychologists, social workers, counselors, and play therapists.
For further information on CE credits, please see Continuing Education Information
Completion of this workshop counts toward the 150 hour requirement to become a Registered Play Therapist through the Association for Play Therapy.
- William Nordling, Ph.D.
Schedule, Cost and Registration Information
Cost of the CCPT Workshop is $295.
A discount of $25 is available for each person attending from the same site and registering together.
The workshop meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Lunch is on your own.
Additional Training Opportunities
Participants completing this workshop may also wish to attend NIRE’s: