Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM PDT
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W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D. 
Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy 

7/29 Evolving Structural-Strategic Family Therapy (ESSFT) for Adolescents Training 

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.      


James Keim, LCSW is a clinical social worker and director of the Bay Area Oppositional and Conduct Disorder Clinic.  He served as the Director of Training for Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes at the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, DC.  He is co-author with Cloe Madanes and Dinah Smelser of the book, The Violence of Men, and he has contributed chapters to eight other psychotherapy books.  He directed the conference series, Oppositional Youth, in the 1990's that was hosted at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and today serves on the Adolescent Therapeutics advisory board organized under the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  His presentation on Oppositional Defiant Disorder at the National Conference of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and received a "Best of 1996" rating for his presentation.

W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and director of the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.  He has been working with adolescents and their families for the past 13 years 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 current past president of the Association of Family Therapists of Northern California.


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*There will be a dog present with Dr. Sutton at all trainings.