Professional Education Programs
Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships: What Works and What Doesn't
One out of every two people will be a part of a step relationship in their lifetime. Stepfamily members and their therapists face challenging "insider" and "outsider" roles, resistant and unhappy children, constant conflict over parenting, and and stress with ex-spouses. All of these challenges create frequent attachment breaks that hit a new stepcouple longing for the bliss of blending and children needing secure connections during a major transition. This practical and engaging workshop will help you recognize and understand the five major challenges stepfamly structure creates. You will learn evidence-based and practice-proven strategies for meeting these challenges as well as key practices that nurture the adult stepcouple, parent-child, and step-parent relationships. Methods for helping children with their losses and loyalty binds, managing discipline works in a stepfamily, and tips for dealing with ex-spouses will be discussed. The material presented will be immediately applicable in practice.
Patricia Papernow, ED.D.; Psychologist, Dept of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
June 21, 2013 // 9am - 4pm // 6 CECs // $110