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WAFCA-CE Co-Creating Cooperative Partnerships with Reluctant and Demoralized Parents
Thursday, September 17, 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM CDT
Category: WAFCA CE Training

(Previously titled: Engaging and Fostering Cooperative Relationships with Challenging Parents and Families)

Workshop Description: How do we respond best to angry and hostile parents? How do we instill hope with highly pessimistic and demoralized parents who have already experienced multiple treatment failures with their children? To make matters even more complicated for us, their children may be presenting with extreme and chronic behavioral difficulties and there may be multiple helping professionals and extended family members involved in unsuccessfully trying to change the clients’ problematic situations as well. Client family challenges like these can test the integrity and skills of even the most seasoned of therapists.

In this “hands-on” practice-oriented workshop, participants will learn:

  1. A collaborative strengths-based family therapy approach that integrates the best elements of empirically-supported family therapy approaches with clinical evidence-based practice wisdom to carefully tailor fit the treatment experience with the goals, preferences, theories of change, expectations, and unique needs of each family member.
  2. Effective engagement and retention strategies to use with therapy veteran families.

This treatment approach capitalizes on the strengths and resources of the parents, children, and key resource people from their social ecology and involved helping professionals representing larger systems to rapidly co-construct high quality solutions together.


About the Presenter:

Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, LCSW is in private practice in both Skokie and Lake Forest IL, USA. He is an Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, a licensed clinical social worker, and addictions counselor. He also is the Director of Partners for Collaborative Solutions (www.partners4change.net), an international family therapy and brief therapy training and consultation practice in Skokie, IL. He has presented workshops on his collaborative strengths-based family therapy approach with children, adolescents, and adults extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Turkey, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Matthew received the Walter S. Rosenberry Award in 2006, 2000, and in 1999 from The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado for having made significant contributions to the fields of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences. He is the author of eight professional practice-oriented books: Working with High-Risk Adolescents: An Individualized Family Therapy Approach, (with Mark Beyebach) Changing Self-Destructive Habits: Pathways to Solutions with Couples and Families, Collaborative Brief Therapy with Children, (with Giorgio Nardone) Gorging, Vomiting, and Self-Injuring: A Brief Therapy Approach, The Adolescent and Young Adult Self-Harming Treatment Manual: A Collaborative Strengths-Based Brief Therapy Approach, Working with Self-Harming Adolescents: A Collaborative Strengths-Based Therapy Approach, Pathways to Change: Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents (Second Edition), and (with Thomas Todd) Family Therapy Approaches with Adolescent Substance Abusers.

WAFCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6778. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WAFCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Visit the WAFCA-CE registration page for more information on fees and policies. 



Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies (WAFCA)
16 N Carroll St, #750Madison, WI 53703  (608) 257-5939 


Contact: Rachel Kruse: [email protected], 608.257.5939