Stepfamily members enter their new families expecting and longing for blissful blending and a fresh start. But these same family members often seek help because they may find themselves struggling with unhappy children, caught in conflicts over parenting, confronting difficulties with the stepparent role, facing uncooperative ex-spouses, and dealing with differences about everything from the “appropriate” cost of a pair of sneakers, to whether Grape Nuts is a breakfast food or a form of cardboard. Furthermore, at a time of major transition when children most need attuned attention from their parents, stepfamily structure creates experiential divides that leave children feeling alone and parents feeling deeply frustrated.
The dilemma is that few mental health professionals receive any training in the complex dynamics and intense challenges of what we call “blended family” relationships, despite the fact that these issues saturate our practices. Stepfamilies can be healthy, happy families and good places to raise children. However, what it takes to make a strong stepfamily is very different from what works in a first-time family. Furthermore, using what you know about first-time families as a guide all too often leads stepfamily members and those who want to help badly astray.
Whether you work with adults or children, with individuals, couples, or families, with young people or with older adults, this engaging and practical web conference will help you to make sense out of the apparent chaos and choose the most effective path to being helpful. Dr. Papernow will integrate over three decades of clinical experience with her solid understanding of the research to provide you with immediately applicable tools for helping stepfamily members to meet their challenges and develop solid satisfying relationships.
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I loved this workshop. I found it clear, relevant and clinically useful. Very concrete. - Lisa Shouldice, MA, RP, CCP
Dr. Patricia Papernow has been internationally recognized as an expert on “blended families.” She is a highly engaging speaker and teacher and the author of two of the classic books in the field. Her most recent book, Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships: What Works and What Doesn’t (Routledge, 2013), has been widely acclaimed by both clinicians and stepfamily members, as well as by clergy, teachers, grandparents, and adult stepchildren. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, and has been interviewed on many local and national television and radio shows, including Good Morning America, PrimeTime Live, and The Katie Couric Show.
Dr. Papernow maintains a private psychology practice in Hudson, Massachusetts, and she also works at Harvard Medical School as a clinical instructor. For more information, or to contact Dr. Papernow, please visit her website at www.stepfamilyrelationships.com.