Structural Family Therapy: The Four Step Assessment Model (3 hours)

3 Hours Structural Family Therapy: The Four Step Assessment Model

Structural Family Therapy: The Four Step Assessment Model (3 hours)

Price: $36.00


This CE course will help mental health clinicians gain an understanding about Structural Family Therapy (SFT) and how it provides a road map to assist clinicians in conceptualizing how individual problems are maintained by family interactional patterns. With the Structural Family Therapy road map, clinicians will be able to join with families to empower family members to explore alternative ways of relating in order to elevate the identified client’s symptoms. This CE course will start off with an overview of the theory and belief system behind the Structural Family Therapy mapping. The CE course will also introduce the four-step assessment model and the interventions that can be utilized to accomplish each step. This assessment model provides a framework for identifying the barriers that a family is experiencing in reaching their goals and provides guidelines to assist families in recognizing and utilizing their inner resources in order that they can accomplish their goals. Lastly, three clinical vignettes will be presented for the participant to answer questions utilizing the Structural Family Therapy model and then the participant will be able to listen to the answers in the audio recording.

The instructor is Sharon Greene, LCSW. Ms. Greene has been adjunct faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California and California State University Northridge in the Graduate Social Work Departments for the past 5 years. She is currently the training director at Providence Saint John’s Child and Family Development Center which is a nonprofit that provides mental health services to children and their families. She has been providing mental health services to children and their families for over 15 years and studied Structural Family Therapy at the Minuchin Center in New York City. She not only practices Structural Family Therapy in her private practice but has also trained many clinicians in Structural Family Therapy over the past ten years. Her passion for doing family therapy truly is revealed in her trainings through her dynamic and inspiring presentation.


This workshop is designed for mental health clinicians at the intermediate levels of experience to explore and gain a better working knowledge of how structural family therapy works.

Therapist Development Center, #1449, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Therapist Development Center maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/30/21-5/30/24. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 clinical continuing education clock hours


As a result of participating in this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate the two stages of Family Therapy
  2. Articulate the theory of Structural Family Therapy
  3. Define Family Hierarchy, Boundaries, and Subsystems
  4. Understand how to take into account Culture in the Structural Family Therapy Model
  5. Identify the 4 steps to the assessment model.
  6. Integrate the four-step assessment model into the client’s treatment evidenced by naming three structural family therapy techniques.

  COURSE OUTLINE: Structural Family Therapy (3 hours)

  1. Individual vs. Family Therapy
  2. History of Structural Family Therapy
  3. Three Constructs: Structure, Subsystems, Boundaries
  4. Structural Family Therapy Belief System
  5. Goals of Structural Family Therapy
  6. Use of Self & Culture
  7. Overview of 4 Step Assessment Model
  8. Review of three clinical vignettes

CE Credits - 3 hours

REGISTRATION: Please register online at 

HOW TO ACCESS THIS COURSE: Once registered, participants will be able to download the Powerpoints, handouts, and listen to recorded audio lectures. 

PRICE: $36

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: The participant will be able to print their certificate of completion immediately after receiving a score of 80% or better on the posttest and completing the course evaluation.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you contact us prior to utilizing your course, you may receive a tuition refund less a $10 cancellation fee.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Therapist Development Center


Therapist Development Center, Provider #1449, 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. Therapist Development Center maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 5/30/21-5/30/24. 


What is Structural Family Therapy?

Structural Family Therapy (SFT) is a psychotherapy method that addresses family issues by functioning within that family. 



Average: 4.8 (13 votes)
Roxanne Lara, fresno, California

Truly appreciate Sharon Greene's presentation style. Very knowledgable and always interesting to hear. Keeps me engaged.

Alexandra Harte-Newby, San Jose, California

Helpful course - good practical tips!

Caroline Pazmino, Garfield, New Jersey

I enjoyed this course and the instructor's audio. I really enjoyed the examples that she integrated into the course as well as the vignettes at the end.