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


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  • CE Hours Included: 5 Core (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
  • Presented by: Linda Buchanan, Ph.D.

Educational Objectives:

  • Assess 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.
  • Describe 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 CE Clock Hours:

  • Psychologists: 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 real-time "synchronous" and on-demand "asynchronous") count the same as "live" throughout 2022 (including ethics). There is also a proposed Board rule to make this change permanent. Please stay tuned for updates.
    • Licensed in another state: The Knowledge Tree is a Continuing Education Sponsor Approved (CESA) by APA, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules.
  • Counselors: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7153. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Knowledge Tree is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
    • Georgia Counselors: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
    • Licensed in another state as a Counselor: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) #7153, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules.
    • Licensed in Canada as a Counselor: This workshop is approved for 5 credit hours through CCPA, event code 64956065.
  • Social Workers: This workshop is approved for 5 core CE hours through GSCSW, approval #030721. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Georgia Social Workers: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
    • Licensed in another state as a Social Worker: Please see the yellow highlighted section below.*
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for 5 core CE hours through GAMFT, approval #029-2021. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Georgia Marriage & Family Therapists: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
    • Licensed in another state as a Marriage & Family Therapist: Please see the yellow highlighted section just below.
  • *Licensed in another state as a Social Worker or Marriage & Family Therapist? Most states will accept CEs for Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists if that workshop has approved status from another state association which ours have been (see above). Additionally, we have national approval for all our courses through APA & NBCC. Many states will accept APA & NBCC approved continuing education hours, but please check your specific state rules & regulations. We strongly recommend saving the course description and educational objectives, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity, and please contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

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