Instructor: Patricia Papernow, EdD
Individual registration rate is $140.00; Early registration rate for individuals is $130. Group registration rate for groups of two or more is $125 per person; Early registration rate for groups is $115 per person. Early registration ends on October 28, 2016. PLEASE NOTE: Groups must register and pay together to receive the group discount.
186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA in the conference room at the Public Conversations Project
The phrase “blended family” is part of the problem. Recoupling parents and their partners often move too quickly to create new family relationships based on their model of a first family and their personal needs. The problem is that stepfamilies are fundamentally different infrastructurse upon which to build intimate relationships. Subsequently, stepfamilies often report having “resistant” and unhappy children, divided stepcouples, struggling stepparents, conflicting parenting styles, and differing values on everything from what constitutes a “mess” to the appropriate cost of a new pair of sneakers; not to mention ex-spouses, dead or alive, who remain an integral part of the family. Clinicians who understand stepfamily dynamics can be extremely helpful. If not, they can miss the boat and even be destructive.
Integrating her training in preventive education, couple and family systems work, and attending to trauma, Dr. Papernow offers a three-level model for assessment and intervention: psychoeducational, interpersonal, and intrapsychic work. We will look at how adults can support children’s well-being despite the losses and emotional binds that stepfamily living often foists upon them; how successful second family parenting and stepparenting differ from parenting in a first-time family; how we help parents, new partners and stepparents support each other; and how these families move from struggling to thriving.
Participants will identify the major differences between first-time families and stepfamilies.
Participants will be able to describe at least two challenges the stepfamily structure creates.
Participants will be able to briefly describe three levels of clinical intervention.
Dr. Papernow draws upon four decades of clinical experience, teaching and writing about stepfamilies, weaving together Internal Family Systems, attachment, interpersonal neurobiology, systemic (couple and family) therapy, with current stepfamily research. A highly acclaimed and engaging trainer, she presents throughout the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Papernow is the author of two of the classic books in the field, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her second book, Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships, is receiving rave reviews from clinicians and stepfamily members. People love the way she simplifies complex material and her generosity in sharing easy to use resources. Dr. Papernow is a psychologist in private practice in Hudson, MA, and Director of the Institute for Stepfamily Education.
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