Breaking the Mold: Re-imagining Today’s Evolving Family Structures Presented by Steve Treat, DMin, LMFT

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Presenter: Steve Treat, DMin, LMFT
Time: 9 am-1 pm
Registration: 8:30-9 am | 4 CEs
Location: Lankenau Hospital, Auditorium
100 East Lancaster Avenue, Main Entrance- Lobby A
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Parking included, Garage B

Workshop Summary:
In this training you will learn about the challenges, techniques and different philosophical approaches to working with today's ever evolving family structures. Now more than ever, clinical social workers will engage with families that break the mold, and it is imperative to be aware of the systemic challenges and stigma that these families face. We will uncover different perspectives, strategies and techniques, as well as how to adapt these interventions to a variety of nontraditional family structures. We will discuss the clinician's use of self, and how we might best promote intimacy and closeness in the extraordinary families we encounter.

About the Presenter:
Dr. Stephen R. Treat is a Senior Staff Therapist and former Director and CEO of Council for Relationships. In his role as CEO, he managed the organization’s operations, numerous professional and public educational programs, and his own busy clinical practice. Dr. Treat continues to see clients, teach at Thomas Jefferson University and consult with family businesses. He is an in-demand speaker, consultant and media expert.

Dr. Treat received his doctorate from the Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1976. He completed post-doctoral work in Human Sexuality at the University of Pennsylvania and the Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program at Council for Relationships in 1981. In addition to being an instructor in Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson Medical College, he is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counseling.

Dr. Treat has co-authored two books, Pastoral Marital Therapy and Couples in Treatment: Techniques and Approaches for Effective Practice. In addition, he has published numerous book chapters and articles on process and content of marital and family therapy.

8:30 am - 9:00 am       Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:45 am       Prejudices, hidden prejudices, and negative attributions toward evolving family structure
9:45 am -10:45 am       Effects of prejudice on individuals and the systems of differing families
10:45 am - 11:00 am    Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am    Explore the need for innovative interventions with families
11:30 am - 12:15 am     Exploration of classic interventions and philosophical approaches which transcend family structure
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm     The therapist’s use of self in evolving families


  1. Identify sensitivities toward families who are breaking the mold, as well as individual costs and benefits
  2. Describe specific therapeutic interventions towards family systems that break the historical stereotypes of “normal”
  3. List ten interventions that transcend family structure and are universally applied
  4. Explain how the “person of the therapist” can be used to promote family unit and intimacy

Registration Information:
You may register for this conference by completing the registration form and mailing it with a check or credit card information to the PSCSW office; or you may register online with a credit card at  Participation may be limited due to space constraints, so we encourage early registration, for which there is a discount.  All conference fees include a CE certificate.  If you need to cancel after you have registered, refunds (minus a $15 administrative fee) will be issued prior to the program date.

Continuing Education:
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for 4 CE credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 4 CE credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for credits.  Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).
FOR DELAWARE SOCIAL WORKERS: Presenter(s) have a minimum of 2 (two) years of practical application and/or research experience pertaining to the subject matter of this presentation.  Please consult section 7.2.5 of the rules of the Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners to determine if this course is in conformance with state regulations.

PSCSW is authorized to provide CE Credits to participants who attend programs in their entirety,
in this case from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.

 Time will be strictly enforced.

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  • January 25, 2020
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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