Instructors: John S. Rolland, MD, MPH, and Froma Walsh, PhD
Location: Cambridge, MA
Credits: 6 CEs
Facing the end of life and the loss of a loved one are the most profound human challenges. Yet alongside suffering and grief is the potential for remarkable resilience. The way we approach death and loss can yield both personal and relational transformation and positive growth. In the afternoon, Dr. Walsh will apply her resilience-oriented systemic framework to guide practice with painful end-of-life challenges and complicated bereavement. We’ll examine traumatic loss situations, relational dynamics, and spiritual issues that heighten distress and risk for long-term reverberations. Resilience-based practice principles and case illustrations will address therapeutic challenges and offer ways to help struggling clients make the most of precious time; seize possibilities to heal relational wounds; forge meaning; and reorient hope to live and love fully at life’s end and beyond loss.
Outline for the Workshop
Overview of Family Systems Illness Model
Illness & disability in family systems context
Psychosocial types and demands of illness & disability
Time phases of illness (with developmental tasks)
Crisis, chronic and terminal phase issues
Anticipatory loss in chronic and life-threatening disorders
Multigenerational patterns, legacies, and themes related to illness and loss
10:45 am to 12:30 pm
Family Systems Illness Model (Cont.)
Interface of illness, individual, couple, and family life cycles
Family health and illness beliefs (including beliefs re: normative illness experience, mastery, control,
cause-control-outcome of disorder, ethno-cultural and spiritual)
Guidelines for timely, cost-effective family-based interventions
Applications in integrated care contexts
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Dr. Walsh will apply her resilience-oriented systemic framework to guide practice with painful end-of-life challenges and complicated bereavement. We’ll examine traumatic loss situations, relational dynamics, and spiritual issues that heighten distress and risk for long-term reverberations.
3 to 4:30 pm
Resilience-based practice principles and case illustrations will address therapeutic challenges and offer ways to help struggling clients make the most of precious time; seize possibilities to heal relational wounds; forge meaning; and reorient hope to live and love fully at life’s end and beyond loss.
4:30 pm to 4:45 pm
Completion of workshop evaluations
- Describe a comprehensive resilience-based family systems model for assessment and clinical intervention with individuals, couples, and families facing chronic and disabling illness and disability
- Identify the significance of life cycles, multigenerational themes, and belief systems in illness, disability, and loss
- Describe brief interventions and other timely and cost-effective applications of the Family Systems Illness Model
- Apply advances in bereavement and resilience research in practice with couples and families facing death and loss.
- Utilize a useful resilience-based systemic framework and practice principles to address end-of-life and bereavement challenges.
- Explain practice guidelines to address situations of complicated loss and complex relational dynamics.
- Identify practice skills to help couples and families facing loss to make the most of precious time, strengthen bonds, repair old wounds, and support survivors beyond loss.
He received his training in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Michigan and Yale University and earned a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He was the founding Director of the Center for Illness in Families while at Yale University. Widely recognized for his integrated conceptual model and clinical work on couple and family psychosocial challenges with serious health conditions, his newly released book by Guilford Press is Helping Couples and Families Navigate Illness and Disability: An Integrated Approach. Other professional books include his landmark volume, Families, Illness, and Disability: An Integrative Treatment Model; and (co-author) Individuals, Families and the New Era of Genetics: Biopsychosocial Perspectives.
A past-president of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), he is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a former Fellow of the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University; and a Senior Fellow of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), serving on its Family Committee. He served on the Board of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. A recipient of a number of awards, Dr. Rolland is a frequent speaker and international consultant on family-oriented approaches to major health conditions.
Dr. Walsh, a Clinical Psychologist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor, is Past President, American Family Therapy Academy; Past Editor, Journal of Marital & Family Therapy; and recipient of many awards for her distinguished contributions to the health and mental health fields. With 120+ scholarly publications, her articles and books have been translated in many languages, notably: Strengthening Family Resilience (3rd ed., 2016), Normal family processes (4th ed., 2012), Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy (2nd. ed., 2009); Living beyond Loss (2nd ed., 2004.). She is a valued clinical consultant internationally.
1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Group Registration: $130 per person for groups of two or more, $125 per person early registration for groups of two or more, received by 7/4/19. Groups must register and pay together to receive the discount.
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