Teaching Family Dynamics with Children and Adolescents in Higher Acuity Settings through “Family Sculpting”: An Experiential Intervention for Therapy and Training

  • Isabelle GuillemetEmail author
  • Brad Jackson
Feature: Educational Case Report

Training in both general and more prominently in child and adolescent psychiatry ascribes high importance to family exposure, assessment, and therapy skills, yet such training is often limited in most programs. The majority of trainees report that they rarely see more than one outpatient family with family therapy supervision during their training [1]. Another survey identifies structural family therapy and family psychoeducation as the primary family treatment orientations in their programs [2].

Here, we describe the use of “family sculpting,” a well-known family intervention technique [3, 4, 5, 6], to broaden exposure to family assessment and intervention, using a non-verbal method that most trainees (and families) experience as emotionally powerful, fun, energizing, and informative. We have used this approach primarily in the setting of inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry services. Residents and first-year child fellows are exposed to the technique on their inpatient rotation...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Colorado School of MedicineAuroraUSA
  2. 2.Children’s Hospital ColoradoAuroraUSA

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