2.00 CE Credits Available
Family Systems Therapy
by Kenneth V. Hardy
Watch Kenneth V. Hardy masterfully demonstrate Family Systems Therapy in an actual therapy session in this 3-part video. 
For Kenneth Hardy, it is imperative to move therapy beyond a strict individualistic approach, focusing instead on how clients influence and are influenced by their relationships and larger social contexts. In this video, Hardy works with a client who’s efforts to avoid conflict have the unintended effect of increasing tension and creating a rift in his marriage. He urges the client to express his feelings to his wife directly, bringing to light deep fears of revealing his anger and receiving disapproval. Hosts Jon Carlson and Diane Kjos introduce Dr. Hardy and facilitate an enlightening discussion, highlighting the relational and contextual aspects of the case.
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From watching this video, you will:

• Develop an understanding of the key tenets of Family Systems Therapy: relationships, interactions and context.
• Gain insight into Kenneth Hardy’s therapy style and how he assesses a client’s beliefs and value systems in order to intervene within the client’s context of meaning.
• Learn how to apply a Family Systems approach to your own therapeutic work with clients.

Length of video: 1:56:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-130-5

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-130-6

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-131-3

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-131-3

Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy is a Professor of Family Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is also Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York, New York. Prior to joining the faculty at Drexel University, he was a Professor of Family Therapy at Syracuse University where he also held positions as Director of Clinical Training and Research, and Chair of the Department of Child and Family Services. He is the former Director of the Center for Children, Families, and Trauma of the Ackerman Institute in New York City.

Dr. Hardy presents workshops and provides consultations nationally and internationally on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and cultural competency. He has provided training and consultation to an extensive list of Human Services agencies and School Districts devoted to providing culturally competent services to children and families. Some of his clients have included the Children's Defense Fund, The United States Department of Defense, the Menninger Clinic, the New York State Office of Mental Health, Harlem Hospital, the Washington D.C. Superior Court, Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, the Westchester County Department of Human Services, and a host of Colleges, Universities, and Post-Secondary Institutions throughout the United States.

Dr. Hardy has published extensively in the area of diversity and has earned considerable public acclaim for the contributions that his numerous publications and videotapes including Psychological Residuals of Slavery and the Experts series which have made great strides toward challenging our society to think critically about issues of diversity and oppression. His recent book, with Tracey A. Laszloffy, is Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions to Break the Cycle of Adolescent Violence. He was co-editor with Monica McGoldrick of Re-Visioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture, and Gender in Clinical Practice (2nd Edition).

In addition to his own writing, he also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the Journal of Family Psychotherapy, the Journal of Divorce, the Journal of Couples Therapy, the Psychotherapy Networker, and the Journal of Family Counseling. Dr. Hardy is a frequent contributor to the print media such USA Today, Jet Magazine, and Good Housekeeping, and also has been featured in the electronic media having appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC, PBS, The Discovery Health Channel, and ABC's 20/20.

Books by Hardy

Re-Visioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture, and Gender in Clinical Practice (2nd Edition)

Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions to Break the Cycle of Adolescent Violence

See all Kenneth Hardy videos.

CE credits: 2

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the key tenets of Family Systems Therapy including relationships, interactions, and context
  • Describe how Kenneth Hardy's therapy style helps to assess a client's beliefs and value system
  • Apply a Family Systems approach to your own therapeutic work with clients

Bibliography available upon request

This course is offered for ASWB ACE credit for social workers. See complete list of CE approvals here

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Course Reviewed January 2024

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