Working with Families in Crisis: Insights from Family Stress Theory

February 20, 2024 11:00am - 12:00pm
$31 for NCFR student members / $52 for NCFR members & CFLEs / $94 for nonmembers & non-CFLEs
Scott S. Hall, Ph.D., CFLE
Scott S. Hall, Ph.D., CFLE

Presenter: Scott S. Hall, Ph.D., CFLE 

Those working in the helping professions (e.g., couple and family therapists, Family Life Educators) are commonly engaging with children and families that are managing stressors and crises. Theories and models have been developed to help guide families when they are facing difficult times, but the ability to connect research directly to families when they are facing stressful situations can be difficult for professionals.

This webinar will cover key concepts articulated by family stress theory (e.g., stress, crisis, resources, perceptions, and coping), key concepts of family functioning (e.g., roles, boundaries, flourishing), and why stress is difficult for families. Specifically, attendees will learn skills, resources, and tips to empower and partner with families when they are experiencing a crisis. Recommendations on how to connect theory and practice to diverse family circumstances (e.g., financial strain, divorce, family violence, loss, large-scale disasters) will be provided. Key insights and principles will also be shared that can be applied to just about any situation, regardless of the specific stressors a family might be experiencing.

By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify key concepts from family stress theory;
  • Apply theory and resources to guide work with distressed families; and
  • Empower and partner with families to overcome short- and long-term stress.

Approved for 1.0 hour of CFLE continuing education.  

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About the Presenter

Scott S. Hall, Ph.D., CFLE, earned his doctorate in child development and family studies from Purdue University and is a professor at Ball State University where he teaching courses on on family stress and crisis. Dr. Hall is the author of Family Stress: Understanding and Helping Families in Diverse Circumstances.

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