Course Developer and Instructor

Scott Sells holds a Ph.D. in both Marriage and Family Therapy and Social Work from Florida State University. He has over 20 publications and has authored three books entitled: Treating the Traumatized Child:  A Step-by-Step Family Systems Approach (Springer Publishing, 2017), Treating the Tough Adolescent: A Family-Based, Step-by-Step Guide (Guilford Press, 1998) and Parenting Your Out-of-Control Teenager: 7 Steps to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love (St. Martin’s Press, 2001). Scott was a former Professor of Social Work at Savannah State University in Savannah, GA and Associate Professor at UNLV in Las Vegas, NV.

Course Bibliography

Sells, S.P. & Souder, E. (2018). Treating the Traumatized Child: A Step-by-Step Family Systems Approach.  New York, NY: Springer Publishing

Course Description and Learning Objectives

Course Content Levels are Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Stopping Extreme Disrespect: Family Trauma Solutions

Drama=Trauma. Extreme disrespect and button pushing between parent and child leads to constant drama.

And in this pandemic world, disrespect is amplified to an all-time high, as stress in the family skyrockets. When this happens, family trauma explodes as attachment or nurturance between parent and child turns into unforgiveness, bitterness, and resentment.

And while you can make some progress individually, lasting change is unlikely when the child returns to the same unhealthy dynamic at home  Rooted in structural strategic theory, FST | Family Systems Trauma training includes step-by-step procedures to treat the entire family.  During this training, participants will receive both step-by-step tools and handouts to show how to work more effectively with the both traumatized child within their traumatized family.


Participants will learn how to:

  1. Evaluate how extreme disrespect is caused by an imbalance of love or limits, an upside-down hierarchy, and family trauma using the FST| Family Systems Trauma Model.
  2. Locate “undercurrents” or the hidden causes of a child or adolescent’s extreme disrespect to know where to tap and quickly intervene at a root level.
  3. Integrate a 7-question FST motivational technique to motivate even your toughest parents to show up and see disrespect as a family problem to solve and not just a “fix my kid” problem.
  4. Utilize step-by-step FST tools, scripts, and handouts to quickly heal the extreme disrespect in the child but also the fallout of trauma within the entire family.
  5. See and treat extreme disrespect from a family systems lens through actual video case studies. The videos will be paused at strategic points in the session so that that you can be part of the story, ask questions, and replicate the tools with your cases.

To request accommodations, please contact SFI at 800 735 9525 or by email at [email protected]

This course is provided by Savannah Family Institute, Inc. (SFI). The Family Trauma Institute is a division of Savannah Family Institute.  SFI is responsible for all aspects of this program.


Psychologists • Counselors • Social Workers • Psychotherapists • Marriage & Family Therapists • Addiction Counselors • Case Managers • Mental Health Professionals who have a master’s degree or higher in the mental health field or graduate level coursework at an accredited school

CE Approval and Process Information

On-Demand Webinar Attendance

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC): Savannah Family Institute (SFI) DBA The Family Trauma Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.5854.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SFI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Association of Social Work Boards: Savannah Family Institute, Inc. (SFI) (Provider #1725) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE program.  SFI maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 2/11/2020-2/11/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. 

CE Process Information: A continuing education certificate for the event will be sent upon completion of requirements. Participants requesting continuing education credit must watch the entire webinar, pass the post-test, and complete the course evaluation to earn CE credit.  After completion of the course requirements, you will receive a continuing education certificate by email within 2 days completion.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CE process, please contact SFI at 800 735 9525 or by email at [email protected]


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