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Supervising Family Therapists Self-Study

Creating A Vision: Supervising Family Therapists to See "The How"

Families come into therapy feeling failed.  They are ready to begin by answering questions about what has gone wrong in their closest relationships.  Family therapy is an opportunity to see the How.  How does a family find its connection?  How do they find their strength? How do they decide to do what they do? How does a family assign power and privilege?  Seeing this how begins early in the sessions to identify and give meaning to the strengths of the family.  From the lens of strength, the family story evolves to a story of possibility rather than of failure.  This vision of possibility is identified and discussed early in the work.  The therapeutic discourse is co-created.  It is a transactional process.  Supervisors shape new clinicians away from what is wrong to how the family does as well as it does.  The sessions focus on Universals, Ways of knowing, Metaphors, and Meaning.   The ways in which power and privilege are enacted and experienced in and outside of the family shape the realities of families' lives and are made visible through therapeutic discourse.  Holding the realities of peoples' family lives is a dance, whose movement is away from content to process, then to noticing the patterns, and then to embracing the family themes.  The movement is away from what to how.   Supervisors understand parallel process, and create an environment of firmness and kindness to mentor therapists who create therapeutic environments of firmness and kindness.

The following content points will be covered:

  • Creating a shift to second-order change
  • The effect of inequities in power and privilege
  • Creating a space for emotional risk

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Families come into therapy feeling failed.  They are ready to begin by answering questions about what has gone wrong in their closest relationships.  Family therapy is an opportunity to see the How.  How does a family find its connection?  How do they find their strength? How do they decide to do what they do? How does a family assign power and privilege?  Seeing this how begins early in the sessions to identify and give meaning to the strengths of the family.  From the lens of strength, the family story evolves to a story of possibility rather than of failure.  This vision of possibility is identified and discussed early in the work.  The therapeutic discourse is co-created.  It is a transactional process.  Supervisors shape new clinicians away from what is wrong to how the family does as well as it does.  The sessions focus on Universals, Ways of knowing, Metaphors, and Meaning.   The ways in which power and privilege are enacted and experienced in and outside of the family shape the realities of families' lives and are made visible through therapeutic discourse.  Holding the realities of peoples' family lives is a dance, whose movement is away from content to process, then to noticing the patterns, and then to embracing the family themes.  The movement is away from what to how.   Supervisors understand parallel process, and create an environment of firmness and kindness to mentor therapists who create therapeutic environments of firmness and kindness. 

The following content points are covered:

  • Creating a shift to second-order change
  • The effect of inequities in power and privilege
  • Creating a space for emotional risk

Upon completion of this training professionals will be able to do the following:

  • Work with process rather than content
  • Explain the role of power and privilege in families
  • Use parallel process to personalize supervision

Vicki Loyer, Ph.D., LMFT

Vicki Loyer (Carlson) Ph.D., LMFT, is the CEO/President of Blue Door Psychotherapy, a center for individual and family therapy services and a center for family therapy training. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry, and a Subject Matter Expert, Site Supervisor, and Instructor for Graduate Studies at Grand Canyon University. Using a competency focused family therapy approach to working with individuals and families, she provides equine assisted psychotherapy as an experiential therapy for greater depth. Most recently, as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, Dr. Loyer has expanded her practice and teaching in the area of delivering quality Telemental Health and has been a co-organizer of Webinars on Telemental health Ethics and Effective Therapy. Dr. Loyer is a regular contributing author to the House Calls section of the Tucson magazine Desert Leaf, has co-author of books on premarital relationships and youth-at-risk, and has been publishing and speaking in the areas of self-injury, mental illness, addiction, and family therapy for many years. Dr Loyer is an AAMFT Clinical Member, Approved Supervisor and a past president of the Arizona Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AzAMFT).

Credit Hours: This course consists of 1 CE credit hour.

Counselors: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No, 6693.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0048. Approval renewal date: 1/31/2023

Marriage and Family Therapists: Many MFT licensing boards accept our courses or one of the approvals which we have from professional associations.  You can check with your board to determine if this course would be accepted by your licensing board.

Social Workers: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, #1609, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/02/2021 – 05/02/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1 clinical continuing education credit.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0435. Approval renewal date: 2/28/2023

Addiction Professionals: Telehealth Certification Institute is an approved provider of continuing education by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, provider #193104, effective 02/23/2021. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

Psychologists: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0128. Effective 8/31/2021 – 8/31/2024

Art Therapists: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0093. 7/21/2021 – 7/31/2024

Other Professionals: This activity qualifies for 60 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Retain your certificate of completion and contact your board or organization for specific filing requirements.

This is a non-interactive, self-study course.

To receive your certificate of completion you must complete the course in its entirety.

Online courses are completed by registering, logging in, navigating to your course using the menu (My Courses – the Course Title), completing all of the modules, completing and passing the post-test, and completing the course evaluation.

Live Webinar courses are completed by registering, logging in to this website, navigating to your course using the menu (My Courses – the Course Title), attending the full course via webinar, submitting your attendance, and completing the post-test and course evaluation online.

Psychologists and other professionals seeking CE credit through our approval with the American Psychological Association are asked, but not required, to complete the course evaluation before obtaining their certificate of completion, however passing a post-test for online self-study courses, and submitting one's attendance for live on-site and live webinars is required.

You can receive your certificate of completion by logging onto this website, navigating to the course using the menu (My Courses – the Course Title), scroll to the bottom of your course, and click on your certificate to either download it or print it.

Directions for completing a course can be found by clicking here.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

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Cancellation Policy

Refunds are offered within the first 30 days for courses which have not been completed.  There is a $25 service fee for refunds.

Grievance Policy

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This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services, particularly those who are supervisors or have an interest in supervision.

Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation.  The course may include required reading.

This program was recorded on January 14, 2022

You have six months to access and complete online courses from the time of purchase.

Instructors

Tara Gardenhire
MA, LMFT, Approved Supervisor

Tara Gardenhire, MA, LMFT, Approved Supervisor believes in a whole health approach to mental health treatment with a focus on nutrition, exercise, and spirituality. She specializes in life span development (children, adolescents, adults, and aging) and family therapy, emphasizing work with trauma survivors, substance abuse, parenting, and couples. Tara has worked in the field of mental health for 10 years and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Vicki Loyer, Ph.D.

Vicki Loyer (Carlson) Ph.D., LMFT, is the CEO/President of Blue Door Psychotherapy, a center for individual and family therapy services and a center for family therapy training. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry, and a Subject Matter Expert, Site Supervisor, and Instructor for Graduate Studies at Grand Canyon University. Using a competency focused family therapy approach to working with individuals and families, she provides equine assisted psychotherapy as an experiential therapy for greater depth. Most recently, as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, Dr. Loyer has expanded her practice and teaching in the area of delivering quality Telemental Health and has been a co-organizer of Webinars on Telemental health Ethics and Effective Therapy. Dr. Loyer is a regular contributing author to the House Calls section of the Tucson magazine Desert Leaf, has co-author of books on premarital relationships and youth-at-risk, and has been publishing and speaking in the areas of self-injury, mental illness, addiction, and family therapy for many years. Dr Loyer is an AAMFT Clinical Member, Approved Supervisor and a past president of the Arizona Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AzAMFT).

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