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Dr. Jones, a child and family psychologist, has over 35 years’ experience as both a clinical practitioner and a clinical educator. He provides systems oriented consultation, training, and supervision to a wide spectrum of professionals who work with children, adolescents and their families. One of his favorite teaching roles is with the Psychiatry residents at U Penn, where he works to broaden their focus beyond the “individual patient” to the “patient within a particular family and community context.”
The last 10 years of Dr. Jones’ professional career has been dedicated to exporting clinical family research and theory out of academia, and translating it for implementation in the “real world” of community based practice. Dr. Jones is the Founder and Director of the Center for Family Based Training, which promotes this mission. He has developed a highly-regarded three-year training curriculum and an on-line learning center for Pennsylvania’s Family Based Mental Health Services, a community based initiative designed to prevent hospitalization or out-of-home placement of a child or adolescent with severe emotional disturbances.
Dr. Jones received his doctorate in family psychology in 1986 at Georgia State University and then trained at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center (PCGC), a pioneer in the development of ecological treatment models, such as Structural Family Therapy. He spent the first 16 years of his career there, where he was a senior faculty member of the Family Therapy Training Center and Principal Investigator of several major community based federal research demonstration programs designed to improve the developmental outcomes of young children living in multi-stressed families compromised by substance abuse and mental illness. One of these community based initiatives served as the precursor to Early Head Start.
Dr. Jones is a member of APA and AAMFT and is an Approved Marriage and Family Supervisor. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and lectured nationally on a wide variety of topics related to children, families and relationally oriented interventions. His 2010 publication, Setting the Stage for Change: In-Home Family Based Intervention, is a treatment manual for therapists working in Pennsylvania’s Family Based Mental Health program.
- Jones, C. W. & Lindblad-Goldberg, M. (2002). Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapy: An Elaboration of Theory and Practice. In F. Kaslow (Series Ed.) & R. Massey and S. Massey (Vol. Eds.) Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy: Vol III, Interpersonal, Humanistic, and Existential (pp 3-33). New York: John Wiley and Sons.
- Lindblad-Goldberg, M., Jones, C. W., & Dore, M. (2004). Effective family based mental health services for youth with serious emotional disturbance in Pennsylvania: The Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapy Model. Pennsylvania CASSP Training and Technical Assistance Institute
- Unger, D. G., Jones, C. W., Park, E., & Tressell, P.A. (2001). Promoting involvement between low-income single caregivers and urban early intervention programs. Topics In Early Childhood Special Education, 21(4), 197-212.
- Jones, C. W. & Unger, D. G. (2000). Diverse adaptations of single-parent, low-income families with young children: Implications for community-based prevention and intervention. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 20(1/2), 5-23.
- Faude, J., Jones, W., & Robins, M. (1996). The affective life of infants: Theoretical and empirical foundations. In D. Nathanson (Ed.), Knowing Feeling (pp. 219-256). New York: Norton & Company.
- Jones, C. W. (1995). Keeping the Diagnosis from Taking Over the Family. The Listening to Families Videotape Series. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Research and Education Foundation.
- Jones, C. W. (1995). Love Conquers All: A Couple In Formation. The Listening to Families Videotape Series. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Research and Education Foundation.
- Jones, C. W. (1994) Cultivating the Language of Play: The Young Child in Family Counseling. In Charles H. Huber (Ed.) Transitioning from Individual to Family Counseling. American Counseling Association.
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