Family Therapy - Advanced Basics


Tuesday, January 7, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center
One Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

NYSED and ACE Approved for 3 CE contact hours


Social workers in all areas of practice recognize the importance of family relationships for the well-being of their clients.  Most social workers have had some exposure to family therapy both as a modality and a conceptual domain, but not all have had immersive training in the practice of family therapy.  This workshop will provide attendees with a grasp of the basic foundational principles and practices of family therapy, including the following: engagement, therapeutic rapport, assessment, and intervention.  Principles rather than specific models will be emphasized, providing social workers a range of tools that can be applied in multiple settings. 

Learning Objectives


  • Gain an understanding of the essential organizing principles for working with family interaction. 
  • Learn to identify generic therapeutic targets for intervention.
  • Gain effective tools for assessment and intervention with clients and their families.


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Andrew Roffman, LCSW
Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center

Andrew Roffman, LCSW is Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and Director of the Family Studies Program at the Child Study Center of NYU Langone Medical Center. Mr. Roffman has been in practice for 28 years, spending the first 11 of those years in community mental health settings and the last 17 as part of the NYU Child Study Center where he divides his time between clinical practice, supervision, and teaching. Mr. Roffman directs Family Studies, a training program in family and couples therapy for psychiatry residents and psychology interns in the Departments of Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry at NYU. In addition, he teaches an undergraduate class on family systems theory in NYU’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies Program (CAMS). Mr. Roffman’s publications on psychotherapy include numerous articles in peer reviewed professional journals as well as book chapters. His clinical practice is comprised of work with individuals, couples and families.