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counseling continuing education

Northwestern University
McCormick Auditorium - Norris University Center
1999 Campus Dr
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

Northwestern University
McCormick Auditorium - Norris University Center
1999 Campus Dr
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$125 registration; $100 alumni; $40 students

Celebrating 50 Years of Research, Education & Service, The Family Institute at Northwestern University Presents

A Cutting-edge Perspective on Individual, Couple & Family Therapy

  • Do specific theoretical models or treatment protocols sometimes not fit your clients' unique needs?
  • Are you concerned that some clients don't respond to or benefit from the particular therapy approach you offer? 
  • Would you like to be more intentional with your eclectic or integrative approach to therapy?
  • Is your caseload becoming increasingly diverse?

If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," this workshop will be of interest to you.

Workshop presenters

Douglas Breunlin, MSSA, LCSW, LMFT
William Russell, M.S.W., LCSW, LMFT
Bahareh Sahebi, Psy.D., LMFT
Neil Venketramen, LMFT

In this workshop, you will learn to apply the essentials of the Integrative Systemic Therapy (IST) perspective to disentangle and navigate the complexity of therapy and to clarify decisions about what to do at each step in the process. You will learn to:

  • enhance collaboration with clients
  • articulate the systemic patterns in which their problems are embedded
  • choose strategies to change these patterns
  • identify and remove the broad variety of constraints that keep clients from being successful in therapy

From this workshop you will gain tools that you can use to enhance collaborative and effective decision-making in your practice without changing your preferred style of interacting with clients.

Over 30 years of research and meta-analyses have shown that virtually every model of therapy, when used effectively, can facilitate change in roughly 66% of clients. But what about the other 33%? And what about clients who prefer not to engage in the approach they are offered? What if clients present with multiple problems each of which seems to require a different approach?

To address these questions, many therapists have sought to integrate various models and treatments into their practice. In developing Integrative Systemic Therapy (IST), The Family Institute at Northwestern University has led the way in providing a comprehensive perspective for integrative practice.

Whether you are a graduate of The Family Institute, a long-time practitioner or a newly-minted therapist, you are likely concerned about clients who do not seem to benefit sufficiently from therapy. Creators and supervisors of IST are coming together to facilitate a one-day, comprehensive workshop on IST that breaks important new ground and significantly clarifies the process of change in therapy.

Registration for this event has closed. Please contact Kristen Catuara with any questions.

Integrative Systemic Therapy (IST) is a collaboration of important contributors to the field of couple and family therapy whose work culminated in the 2017 APA book, Integrative Systemic Therapy: Metaframeworks for Problem Solving with Individuals, Couples and Families. IST is a comprehensive perspective that is grounded in systemic thought and committed to the planful integration of various concepts, therapy models and empirically supported treatments available to psychotherapists. Rather than planning therapy on the basis of a particular model of therapy, IST is client system-centered in that interventions are selected to fit the needs and world view of clients and address the specific patterns of interaction, cognition and emotion associated with the concerns that bring them to therapy. Beyond simply borrowing techniques, IST assists clinicians in developing a sophisticated conceptualization of presenting clinical issues and a clear direction for therapy.

CEUs available

The workshop is offering a total of 6 continuing education units for the following Illinois clinical licenses: LMFT, LCPC, LCSW and Licensed Clinical Psychologists. Participants will receive a certificate indicating the number of hours earned, upon check out and completion of an evaluation.