Clinical Use of Family System Therapy

Intermediate level- 3.5 CE | taught by Sharea Farmer, LCSW

Course description

Family Systems Therapy offers a different approach and perspective to problem-solving for Social Workers, therapists and counselors in that it focuses on the interactions among individuals in a family system rather than focusing on individual as the identified client.

This course examines the concepts and theories of Family Systems Therapy and demonstrates why it continues to be an effective alternative to more traditional therapeutic approaches.

Session Learning Objectives
After completing this course, the participant will be able to: Explain the theory of systems as it relates to Family Systems Therapy.
List and explain some of the basic concepts of Family Systems Theory.
Explain the dynamics of concepts of positive and negative feedback and their impact on the family system.
Explain some of the differences between Family Systems Therapy and more traditional approaches to therapy.

Define some of the theories and changes of Family Systems Therapy.

Course is a self-paced learning experience which includes a recorded training, powerpoint, closing sample activity, quiz and evaluation. all which must be completed to recieve certificate. This course is non-interactive. 

Course Outline

Video Guide

  • Introduction: 29:23 mins
    • History and Background of Family System Therapy (System Theory)
    • Family System Therapy vs Individual Therapy
  • Family System Therapy Eight Concepts: 94:32 mins
  • Therapeutic Framework 36:48 mins
    • Therapeutic Techniques
    • Family Therapy Impact & Types
    • Issues of Individual and Cultural Diversity
    • Intensive Family-Focused Therapy Model

Activity (genogram/using Family Therapy): 35: 05 mins

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Reference List


Adjournment: Post-test, evaluations & Certificate

Certificates will be awarded after completion of full training, post-test and course evaluation.

Certificates will be awarded after completion of full training and course evaluation.

Radiant Sunshine, #1403, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Radiant Sunshine maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/28/20 to 2/28/2023  Social workers completing this course receive 3.5-clinical continuing education credits.

Find out whether your state or province accepts ACE approval.

Social workers participating in this course will receive 3.5 Clinical continuing education clock hours.”

Refund policy:   No refund will be given for purchase of course. 

 We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please email for more information if disability accommodations are needed.

For more information contact

Sharea Farmer, LCSW
Sharea Farmer, LCSW
Lead Trainer

Sharea is a licensed clinical social worker with years of success in helping clients recover from anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings where she received specialized training in the following therapeutic practices: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Theory, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

For the past three years, Sharea has worked in a practice setting catering to mostly (but not exclusively) Black women, couples and adolescents. Sharea is also a highly skilled Small and Non-Profit Business consultant. Through her skill building small businesses, she has a 100% success rate in helping individual’s realize their dream of starting or expanding their business.

Sharea’s work is delivered through individual sessions, family/couples session, group therapy and workshops focused on helping people navigate through wellness, identity, life transitions and complicated situations. Her empowerment approach focuses on helping people identify and bring out their distinctive strengths while overcoming barriers to happiness and success. Her goal is to help client's create a quality life filled with purpose and self-love. Sharea encourages clients to embrace the concept that our wellness and happiness lies within our control.

Sharea received a BA degree in Sociology from Rider University and a Master’s of Social Work with a concentration of mental health, health and aging from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Sharea is also currently an adjunct professor at Rutgers in their graduate level social work department where she teaches: Program Development and Strategic Planning, Direct Clinical Practice with Adolescents/Children, and Diversity and Oppression.


Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the States of New Jersey #44SC05650200

Mental Health First Aid Instructor (National Instructor Certification)