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New Family Approaches That Really Work

Never before in history have parents had to bring up kids in an environment so family unfriendly and so contrary to traditional parental authority. In this webcast series, some of our field’s most innovative thinkers and clinicians will present new methods and approaches for helping parents meet the formidable challenges of raising children in the face of the omnipresent internet, a dysfunctional school system, endemic bullying, and a family-supplanting youth culture.

Join Dan Siegel, Ron Taffel, Martha Straus, Patricia Papernow, Stan Davis, and Ben Furman.

They'll teach you:

  • How brain science can be applied to enhance our ability to get through to today’s youth.
  • Why traditional ideas about family hierarchy are no longer useful in helping parents assert their authority.
  • When children should be seen individually and when a conjoint family approach is preferable.
  • What we’ve learned about the principles that can help stepfamilies function most effectively.
  • How to get past a sense of powerlessness in helping families deal with the increasing problem of bullying among young people.

6 Leading Experts! 6 Information-Packed Sessions!

Session 1

Parenting with the Brain in Mind

Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel, M.D.

Find out how to translate the principles of brain science and neuroplasticity into practical interventions by:

  • Learning how to SNAG (Stimulate Neural Activation and Growth) the brain.
  • Teaching parents how to establish the right hemisphere to right hemisphere connection with their kids that enables them to feel felt and understood.
  • Demonstrating how to co-construct narratives with children in ways that enable them to integrate left and right hemisphere, and enhance self-regulation.
  • Distinguishing among the four levels of implicit memory—procedural, emotional, bodily, and perceptual—in customizing interventions to a child’s needs.
  • Utilizing the Wheel of Awareness as a tool to enhance consciousness and a child’s sense of self.

Session 2

Reclaiming Parental Authority

Ron Taffel

Ron Taffel, Ph.D.

Explore ways of enhancing parents’ ability to find their authentic voice and assert a shaping influence in their children’s lives by:

  • Understanding the reluctance of post-boomer parents to assert their authority.
  • Making explicit the unstated parental fears that often disempower parents and enable their kids to hold them hostage.
  • Bringing the child’s Second Family—their network of significant friendships—into the therapy room.
  • Combating parental isolation through facilitating home-school partnerships and communication among parents.
  • Helping parents assert genuine authority through “I Mean It” moments in which they express themselves as three-dimensional human beings.

Session 3

Family Therapy for the Postmodern Family

Martha Straus

Martha Straus, Ph.D.

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 is preferable to see a child separately from his or her parents.
  • Become comfortable with the language of play and with the slowing down necessary to work with younger children.
  • Utilize family meals, rituals, stories, and drawings to increase the impact of therapy.
  • Use yourself and your own positive feelings toward clients to affirm both children and their parents.

Session 4

Attachment Issues in Stepfamilies

Patricia Papernow

Patricia Papernow, Ed.D.

Sensitize yourself to the distinct emotional challenges stepfamilies face and how to help them meet their challenges to healthy development by:

  • Understanding the insider-outsider dynamics and loyalty conflicts inherent to the stepfamily experience.
  • Helping stepparents recognize the limitations of their roles in discipline and the best ways to develop one-to-one relationships with their stepchildren.
  • Learning three levels of intervention with stepfamilies: Psychoeducation, skill-building, and exploring intrapsychic issues.
  • Exploring effective strategies for handling conflicts with ex-spouses that can keep children out of the middle.
  • Mastering the “soft-hard-soft” approach to framing problems and addressing difficult issues in navigating the potential minefield of stepfamily relationships.

Session 5

How to Stop Bullying

Stan Davis

Stan Davis

Explore a systematic approach to helping bullied young people build inner strength—while working with families and schools—that will teach you how to:

  • Avoid ineffective interventions—like blaming the victim and advice giving—that can make matters even worse.
  • Understand how digital technology and social media have shaped the cyber-bullying culture of today.
  • Enhance children’s sense of resilience, competence, and self-efficacy while also expanding their peer network.
  • Impart self-calming and filtering skills that increase children’s ability to deal with the mean behavior of their peers.
  • Guide parents in building social support and mentoring systems for their children while also acting as advocates within the school system.

Session 6

Child Therapy without Problems: The Kids Skills Approach

Ben Furman

Ben Furman, M.D.

Discover a fun way to help children and teens who suffer from behavioral problems, anxiety, and other issues by:

  • Learning to avoid problem and pathology-based language in favor of focusing on the skills children need to move toward goals they themselves value.
  • Emphasizing hope and playful collaboration in generating solutions.
  • Understanding how to apply the principles of Kids Skills differently with younger children than with teenagers.
  • Involving friends and a child’s social network in generating positive feedback cycles and solutions.
  • Mastering the skills of strategic praise, effective apology letters, and turning nightmares into “goodmares.”

Bonus Session 1

Overprotective Parenting

Michael Ungar

Michael Ungar, Ph.D.

Examine how to help troubled kids who come from caring, stable families that are undermining their resilience by learning how to:

  • Address the problem of parents overstating the world’s dangers and discouraging healthy risk-taking.
  • Challenge dysfunctional family narratives and encourage children’s mastering manageable levels of risk.
  • Heighten parents’ awareness of how they themselves learned life lessons that involved risk-taking.
  • Wean parents from the culture of ubiquitous rewarding and over-praise.
  • Emphasize the importance of kids taking on responsibility and making a contribution within their families.

Bonus Session 2

Cyber Intimacy and Cyber Solitude

Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle, Ph.D.

Explore the pervasive impact of our entanglement with digital devices on the experience of growing up today by looking at:

  • The blurring of boundaries between ourselves and our computers, smartphones, and i-products.
  • The diminishing roles of face-to-face experience in our families and our lives.
  • How “virtual intimacy” is enhancing children’s sense of solitude and disconnection.
  • How therapy can accommodate itself to the needs of a cyber-saturated society.
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Have You Ever Wondered...

What's Really Going On?
  • Whether it’s more advantageous to see parents and kids together, or separately?

  • How parents lose their authority with their children?

  • What the best approach is to take with parents who are overwhelmed and stressed out?

  • How a therapist can effectively help in the formation of a new stepfamily unit?

  • How to build a support system around a child who is being bullied?

We Bring You Freewheeling Conversations,
Probing Questions, Invaluable Answers.

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Here's What People Say:

What a fun and very creative session. I feel as I have just gotten permission to be more open and loving toward the children and all the families.

Leticia O.

Thank you for the tools that give therapists and families an opportunity to work with tweens and teenagers in a much more creative and spirited way.

Elizabeth B.

I see a lot of stepfamilies in my practice, in addition to being a stepmother. You shared a lot of wisdom and very concrete things that I can use in my practice.

Joy L.

New Developments Are Emerging All The Time.
Explore Them With Experts Working At The Leading Edge.

Dan Siegel, M.D., is clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he’s coinvestigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and codirector of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. His books include Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, and most recently, The Whole-Brain Child.

Ron Taffel, Ph.D., is the chairman of the board of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York. His books include Getting Through to Difficult Kids and Parents: Uncommon Sense for Child Professionals and his latest, Childhood Unbound: Authoritative Parenting for the 21st Century.

Martha Straus, Ph.D., 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.

Patricia Papernow, Ed.D., has worked as a trainer, consultant, and therapist with 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 and Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships.

Stan Davis is the co-leader of the Youth Voice Research Project, which has collected information from thousands of young people about effective bullying prevention strategies. He’s the author of Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies to Reduce Bullies and Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention: Schools Where Everyone Belongs.

Ben Furman, M.D., codirector of the Brief Therapy Institute in Helsinki, Finland, is a psychiatrist and trainer of solution-focused psychotherapy. His books include Kids Skills in Action: Stories of Playful and Practical Solution-Finding with Children and Kids Skills: Playful and Practical Solution-Finding with Children.

Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is director of the Resilience Research Center and professor of social work at Dalhousie University. He’s the author of 11 books for therapists and parents, including Counseling in Challenging Contexts and Strengths-Based Counseling with At-Risk Youth.

Sherry Turkle, Ph.D., is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT, director of MIT's Initiative on Technology and Self, and a trained clinical psychologist. She's the author of the groundbreaking books The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit; Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet; and, most recently, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.

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