overly “resistant” children, discipline, ex-spouses, and even the appropriate cost of a pair of sneakers. The triggering can be overwhelming for both clients and therapists, and what works isn’t intuitive. Drawing on attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and the Internal Family Systems model, as well as three decades of research and clinical experience, this workshop maps the five major challenges to secure connection in step-relationships and offers concrete strategies for meeting them. Whether you work with individual adults or children, with couples or families, you’ll learn immediately applicable tools for strengthening step-couples, resolving parenting issues, helping children with their inevitable losses and loyalty binds, addressing cultural differences, handling ex-spouses, and ultimately helping to forge thriving stepfamily relationships.
Patricia Papernow, Ed.D., has done clinical work, consulting, and teaching about stepfamily relationships for more than 30 years. She’s a National Stepfamily Resource Center senior training faculty member and the author of the award-winning book Becoming a Stepfamily.