Why you'll love this course

Many families enter therapy with overwhelming stacks of problems. Angela Caldwell demonstrates how understanding those problems as manifestations of a broken interaction cycle -- not a lot of problems, but a single problem that shows up in multiple ways -- can simplify, clarify, and accelerate the process of healing.

Course description

Effective family therapy relies on having an accurate understanding of the inner workings of a family, including how things go wrong. This course utilizes concepts of family systems theory including homeostasis, negative feedback loops, and positive feedback, to help you understand, identify, and track changes in common family interaction cycles. Multiple case examples are used to illustrate the identification of the cycle and how it can explain complex sets of family problems.

1 Hour CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define homeostasis as it relates to family functioning

  • Describe at least three interventions that can be used to gather information on family interaction cycles

  • Differentiate between positive and negative feedback as applied in the context of family assessment

Course outline

1. Feedback

i. Positive and negative feedback

ii. Feedback in families

2. Family Assessment

i. What you're looking for

ii. Unbalancing 

iii. Assumptions when a family seeks therapy

3. Case examples



Angela Caldwell, MA, LMFT

Angela Caldwell, MA, LMFT is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#45163). She serves as founder and director of the Caldwell Family Institute in Los Angeles, specializing in family-based treatment. She is an adjunct professor at California State University Northridge, teaching systems theory and related courses. She has specialized training and experience in family-based treatment for non-suicidal self-injury.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded Video format (non-interactive); Total running time 65 minutes

Topic Area:

Clinical Practice

Instructional Level:

Intermediate. This course assumes graduate-level knowledge of common family structures and their range of impacts on functioning.

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Enrollment Period:

90 days

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: January 6, 2020 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice 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-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.