Fiona True • Saturday Morning
While collaboration between parents and therapist is essential when working with traumatized kids, how do you form a therapeutic alliance with parents who appear defensive, blind to their negative impact on their kids, or who have histories of being abusive? This workshop presents an approach for getting beyond that negative first impression to uncover strengths and the basis for a positive therapeutic bond. You’ll learn specific interview techniques to help you co-create a “story of integrity”—a narrative that identifies parents’ strengths and successes in facing their own obstacles, making room for them to become emotionally available without feeling judged. You’ll learn how to avoid intervening too early, uncover constraining beliefs, and help parents move from reactivity to connection and support. You’ll walk away with a new set of skills to develop a compassionate understanding of parents who might otherwise be considered hopeless, as well as an enhanced ability to create a mutually supportive therapeutic alliance.
Fiona True, L.C.S.W., is a senior faculty member of the Ackerman Institute for the Family and codirector of the Ackerman Institute’s Center for Children and Relational Trauma.