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W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D. 
Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy 

Evolving Structural-Strategic Family Therapy (ESSFT) for Adolescents: Level 2 Workshop Series 

There has been significant research to show that family therapy is an effective treatment for working with children and adolescents. Many therapists don't provide family therapy because they feel undertrained or intimidated by working with families. One difficulty therapists find is that there are multiple theories of family therapy making it difficult to integrate the approaches. Evolving Structural-Strategic Family Therapy provides a four step treatment approach that is a clear roadmap for working with families. ESSFT utilizes theories and techniques from Structural Family Therapy, Strategic Family Therapy, Behavioral Family Therapy, Attachment Based Family Therapy, Neuroscience, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

The Level 2 ESSFT training consists of six day long, six hour trainings where the clinicians dig deeper into the stages, see video of client sessions, and role play the essential skills. Attendees will show clips of specific techniques, and see specific clips of sessions where goals for the session are met as evidenced by client's responses/reactions. Additionally, a session will be watched beginning to end, giving participants the ability to role play, ask questions, and develop their skills.  

• Role play scenarios will vary depending on which stage and/or technique is being worked on
• Participants are encouraged to bring in video of sessions with their own clients to base role play off of, although video is not necessary if the person is not seeing clients or video recording is not possible in the participant's clinical setting
• Participants are encouraged to keep track of common stuck points in their work between trainings to use for role plays and consultation
• Participants are not required to attend the ESSFT Consultation Groups, but are welcome to while going through the Level 2 Training

W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and director of the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.  He has been working with children. adolescents and their families since 1998 in teens shelters, a residential treatment program, a wilderness program, drug and alcohol outpatient program, schools, community clinics, an in-home therapy program, and in private practice.  Dr. Sutton trained in Narrative Family Therapy, Brief Strategic Family Therapy, Behavioral Family Therapy and Structural Family Therapy in his graduate training and trained at the Mental Research Institute with the Strategic Family Therapy Team.  He is the past president of the Association of Family Therapists of Northern California.

Dates: 10/4, 11/2, 1/19, 3/20, 5/9, 6/2
Where: Zoom
Cost: $900 ($450 Prelicensed/Student)
CE: $20 for 36 CE


Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals
  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (IAP) which is sponsoring this program. The Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.  
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.  
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, or about CE, contact the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy at info@sfiap.com.