How to Engage Parents in Trauma Treatment Using Motivational Phone Calls
Presented by Scott P. Sells, PhD, MSW, LCSW, LMFT on 10-12-2018 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)
Engaging parents and children in effective trauma treatment can be difficult in the best of circumstances. Conventionally, engagement and rapport building begins in the first face-to-face session. More often than not, it is a harsh set-up. Parents and children may enter the first session angry, frustrated, or hopeless, with their arms tightly crossed. The slightest provocation could open conflict and confrontation between parents and children.
In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Scott Sells will discuss how using the Motivational Interviewing (MI) phone call technique can help prevent conflict and create effective first sessions. Dr. Sells will explain how the MI phone call technique can help parents and older children move from anger, defensiveness, or resistance to hope, excitement, and anticipation for the first session. From this place of hope, parents may be more cooperative with the treatment plan and more willing to bring in the entire family to the first session.
This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:
- Utilize a seven-question motivational phone call script and additional techniques such as “stick and move” and “complements” to quickly put parents at ease.
- Analyze a real case which illustrates the step-by-step process of how the FST | Family Systems Trauma Model utilizes the motivational phone call to engage and lower resistance before the first session.
- Observe the differences between a soft start-up to begin treatment and a harsh start-up and why a soft start-up is preferable.
- Assess key concepts illustrated through audio excerpts from an actual motivational phone call.
- Use the final question in the motivational phone call script to encourage a parent to invite their extended family to participate in treatment.
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Meet the Presenter
Scott P. Sells, PhD, MSW, LCSW, LMFT
Scott P. Sells, PhD, MSW, LCSW, LMFT is a former tenured professor of Social Work at Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia and Associate Professor at University of Nevada Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dr. Sells is the author of three best-selling books:
- Treating the Tough Adolescent: A Family-Based, Step-by-Step Guide (1998)
- Parenting Your Out-of-Control Teenager: 7 Steps to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love (2001)
- Treating the Traumatized Child: A Step-by-Step Family Systems Approach (Springer, 2017)
Dr. Sells has over 20 publications in such periodicals as Psychotherapy Networker, Contemporary Corrections, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, Professional Issues in Criminal Justice, Family Process, and Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, plus book chapters in the Handbook of Family Therapy Research Methods (1996) and Social Worker’s Desk Reference, 2/E (2008).
Dr. Sells has extensive experience as a keynote speaker for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, the National Association of Social Workers the Southeastern Psychological Association, and others. He was invited to be one of six expert presenters at the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy’s prestigious Summer Institutes as well as the world-renowned Cape Cod Institute.
Dr. Sells is currently the founder and model developer of an evidence-based model known as the FST | Family Systems Trauma Model. FST is being used by both juvenile justice and child welfare in over 14 states in the U.S. and in Europe.
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- GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
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- This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
- GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
- GoodTherapy.org, 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-0395.
- GoodTherapy.org, 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 marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.