Why you'll love this course

Power matters in families. In some families, it's the one thing they fight for and fight about more than any other. We all understand the importance of power intuitively, but that's not the same as being able to use that knowledge to produce lasting change. Angela Caldwell is an expert family therapist. In this course, she helps you master the important skill of identifying a family's power structure in actionable ways. Case examples bring the process to life.

Course description

You don’t need buy-in from every member of a family for family therapy to work. You need buy-in from the most powerful members of the family. Mastering the process of family mapping can help identify its power structure, leading to clear avenues for intervention to effectively produce change. This course describes the principles and process of family mapping, and walks through multiple case examples to demonstrate the process.

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

Learning objectives

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

  • Identify at least two differences between a genogram and a family map

  • Identify at least three qualities about family relationships that can be observed on a family map

  • Create a basic family map for clinical use

Course outline

1. About family maps

i. Differences from genograms

ii. Purpose

iii. Useful elements

iv. The second part of mapping

2. Case examples

i. Powerful family of origin

ii. Recovering from grief

iii. Leaderless

iv. Utilization of knowledge



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 61 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.

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.