On-Demand: Conducting Individual Psychotherapy from a Systems Perspective - 5 CEUs


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  • CEs: 5 Core Education Clock Hours for Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, & Marriage and Family Therapists (please see below for details)
  • Format: On-Demand Webinar (“Asynchronous”) ~ At your leisure to be viewed at your own pace. You may pause, rewind, and fast forward at any point during the videos. You are in complete control of how you view this workshop. It also comes with a PowerPoint and references. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
  • Investment: $115

Educational Objectives:

  • Understand the fundamental tenets of family systems approaches and how they can inform individual psychotherapy.
  • Utilize a systems philosophy to empower clients and aid in increasing personal responsibility within their system.
  • Utilize strategies to maintain neutrality in psychotherapy and avoid taking a side.
  • Increase awareness of when clients are projecting in psychotherapy and strategies for managing projections and splitting.
  • Utilize strategies for addressing ambivalence in relationships resulting from early narrative.

Workshop Description:

When conducting individual psychotherapy, we are limited by the client's perspective in understanding the source of their difficulties. In family therapy and group therapy, the therapist has the advantage of seeing the individual interact with others, thus creating a broader and more complete perspective of the person. Tenets of systemic thinking will be presented that will enable the individual therapist to choose strategies which minimize the problems inherent to individual therapy while maximizing the potential for the client to increase personal responsibility for change.

People create narratives that they then project in their relationships often resulting in problems in interpersonal functioning such as splitting. Even though we know that our clients’ perspectives may be distorted, we are often primarily focused on listening to and validating our clients and we naturally tend to believe what we are told. Thus valuable therapy time can be wasted chasing the client down well-worn paths rather than empowering the client to shift their thinking or perspective to be more effective in life. This workshop will focus on strategies that enable the therapist to develop the art of being on the client’s side without taking a side. These strategies are designed specifically for increasing awareness of projection when it occurs, avoiding splitting between systems, and maintaining a neutral yet empathic stance regarding the clients’ dilemmas increasing the chance for lasting change.

Presented by: Linda Buchanan, Ph.D.

Dr. Linda Buchanan founded Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders in 1993 which was acquired by Walden Behavioral Care in 2017. She is now Senior Director of Clinical Services with Walden which provides Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization and Residential care for individuals with eating disorders in Dunwoody, Alpharetta and Decatur. Dr. Buchanan received her Master’s degree Georgia State University and a Diploma from the Psychological Studies Institute (now known as Richmont University) in Christian Counseling from which she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for her work in founding ACE. Dr. Buchanan then went on to receive her Ph.D. from Georgia State University doing a residency at the Medical College of Georgia. She currently has a book in publication titled A Clinician’s Guide to Dealing with Pathological Ambivalence: How to be on Your Client’s Side Without Taking a Side the content of which she has presented at multiple national conferences. She has published two chapters on her model of treatment of eating disorders which have been used as texts in a local doctoral program for Clinical Psychology students. Additionally, she has published four research articles on the treatment of eating disorders including two outcome studies of the treatment provided at Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders. She has been married for over 30 years and is the mother of two teenaged boys.

5 Core or Related CE Clock Hours:

  • Psychologists: This workshop is approved for 5 Core CE hours. The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Georgia Psychologists: All online webinars (both live/synchronous and on-demand/asynchronous) count the same as live for 2021 (including ethics). Therefore, this workshop is approved for 5 Core CE hours. The Board states it will go back to the pre-COVID rules in 2022. You may want to consider completing all 40 CEs this year while you have multiple viewing options.
    • Licensed in another state as a Psychologist: The Knowledge Tree is a Continuing Education Sponsor Approved (CESA) by APA, so all our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your specific state rules.
  • Counselors: This workshop is approved for 5 Core CE hours through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association (LPCA) of Georgia, approval #2021-03-05-369LW.
    • Georgia Counselors: This workshop satisfies 5 "Core Hours" as an "on-demand/asynchronous" course. For more details about "On-Demand" hours, please see the blue highlighted section below.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the yellow highlighted section below.*
  • Social Workers: This workshop is approved for 5 Core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work, approval #030721.
    • Georgia Social Workers: This workshop satisfies 5 "Core Hours" as an "on-demand/asynchronous" course. For more details about "On-Demand" hours, please see the blue highlighted section below.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the yellow highlighted section below.*
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for 5 CE hours through the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, approval #029-2021.
    • Georgia Marriage & Family Therapists: This workshop satisfies 5 "Core Hours" as an "on-demand/asynchronous" course. For more details about "On-Demand" hours, please see the blue highlighted section below.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the yellow highlighted section below.
  • *Licensed in another state as a Counselor, Social Worker, or Marriage & Family Therapist? Most states will accept CEs for Counselors, Social Workers, & MFTs if that workshop has approved status from another state, and this workshop is approved for all three licenses in Georgia. Additionally, we have National Approval for all of our courses through the American Psychological Association (APA).Many states will also accept APA-approved courses, but please check your specific state rules and regulations.
  • The Georgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists & Ethics: For all Masters Licensed Therapists in Georgia, On-Demand ("Asynchronous") Webinars are allowed to comprise up to 15 hours of the total 35 hours required per renewal period (10 hours of On-Demand are expressly permitted, and the extra 5 would be your optional Independent Study hours). Please see our Live Webinars for more synchronous options if needed. And for details regarding this new rule (Oct 2020) from the Secretary of State, click here.

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