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Engage Your Clients in Positive,
Praise-Saturated Talk

As mental health professionals, we know traumatized families often are stuck in negative thinking: It’s not me (parent or caregiver). Just fix my child. Critical, problem-focused accusations. Explosive, reactionary discipline. Our job is to disrupt the destructive behavior patterns and re-focus children and their caregivers on moving forward. At the Family Trauma Institute, we train […]

Healing Trauma from a Family Systems Lens

“The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” First coined by the philosopher Aristotle, this idiom embodies the spirit of the FST | Family Systems Trauma approach. Trained to treat traumatized individuals, families and couples from a client-centered approach, mental health professionals employ cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy and developmental therapy models. All great approaches […]

Structuring Family Sessions for Success

You know family relationships are complicated. You know family therapy involves navigating unhealed wounds among multiple personalities and communication styles. With what you know, do you find yourself searching for session structure to begin resolving decades-old conflict? The Family Trauma Institute approach includes techniques and tools for mental health professionals to use in structuring family […]

How To Keep Clients Engaged In Online Therapy

Mental health professionals tell me it can be difficult to translate traditional talk therapy to online therapy.  With traditional therapy, face-to-face sessions allow professionals to adjust pace according to body language and other in-person clues. So how can we keep our clients’ attention in an online environment? I have found when we supplement online therapy […]

7 Reasons Why Your Trauma Cases Get Stuck

Your traumatized family can retell their trauma story by using an experiential technique called strongholds to bring about deep healing. Using the FST | Family Systems Trauma Model, I have discovered the following top 7 reasons why our trauma cases get stuck: Undercurrent(s) Selected Not Ideal “Who?” (Village) before “What?” No Reframe to Tether Playbook […]

Kill the Spider: Strongholds and the Trauma Story

Your traumatized family can retell their trauma story by using an experiential technique called strongholds to bring about deep healing. These are core cognitive distortions or lies that the child or other family members believe about themselves that can be directly traced back to the traumatic event. These cognitive distortions provide an excellent anchor point […]

Motivating Even the Toughest Parents

Family Trauma Step-by-Step Tools with Dr. Scott Sells: Episode #3 – Motivating Even the Toughest Parents  Other Ways to Enjoy this Post: Downloadable Video Transcript Or Read the VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW This particular topic on how to motivate tough parents to cooperate, show up, and this could extend to couples, individuals, is by far to […]

The Best Way to Improve Trauma Outcomes…
Get Client Feedback

Family Trauma Step-by-Step Tools with Dr. Scott Sells: Episode #2- Improving Trauma Outcomes By Getting Client Feedback  Other Ways to Enjoy this Post: Downloadable Video Transcript Or Read the VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW So today’s topic or technique is called How Client’s Feedback Will Dramatically Improve Our Trauma Outcomes, and this is going to be through […]

Engaging Parents: The FST Motivational Phone Call Technique

High Parent Involvement is the Key to Your Trauma Treatment Success Without parent involvement in your trauma treatment, child relapse rates skyrocket. To prevent relapse, it is important to begin building relationships before you meet with the family. That is why the FST| Family Systems Trauma Model incorporates the Motivational Interview (MI) Call Technique. Sobering […]

Guiding Your Families to Discover
the Root Causes of their Trauma

Family Trauma Step-by-Step Tools with Dr. Scott Sells: Episode #1- Guiding Your Families to Discover the Root Causes of Their Trauma  Other Ways to Enjoy this Post: Downloadable Video Transcript Or Read the VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW Let’s find out what’s causing your stress. And to do this I’m going to draw an apple tree and together […]

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