403 Family Therapy for the Postmodern Family

Martha Straus

Martha StrausBringing kids together with their parents, both in and out of the consulting room, is often easier said than done. As Martha Straus notes in this Webcast session on families, there are times when it’s useful to work with the whole family together and times when it’s better to see parents and children separately. Enhance your effectiveness in working with kids and teens by learning how to:

  • conduct an initial interview that involves parents and focuses on collecting the information crucial to successful treatment
  • assess the six kinds of cases in which it’s preferable to see a child separately from his or her parents
  • become comfortable with the language of play and the slowing down that’s necessary to work with younger children
  • utilize family meals, rituals, stories, and drawings to increase the impact of therapy


Martha Straus, PhD, a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England and adjunct instructor in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, is the author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents and Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope. Website: http://www.marthastraus.com/

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