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Attachment Issues in Stepfamilies with Patricia Papernow

Parenting Skills: NP0027 – Session 4

Explore the distinct challenges to attachment and intimacy that the stepfamily structure often creates. Patricia Papernow, who’s worked as a trainer, consultant, and therapist with stepfamily relationships, will cover practical strategies for helping clients form healthy stepfamily relationships.

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email

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7 Responses to Attachment Issues in Stepfamilies with Patricia Papernow

  1. BethParks01 says:

    Fantastic! Yes, I also felt like I had been in a session. So, if we need to contact you for individual or group supervision, how might we do that? fyi, just preordered your new book. Thanks so much again.

  2. says:

    It was a wonderful treat to listen to Patricia Papernow. I learned so much and I left wanting to hear more of what she would say in her sessions. What a gift to be able to present as if we were witnessing a session with Patricia Papernow. I also would like to know how to contact for individual supervision. A fabulous presenter this week! With much gratitude, Julie

    • Patricia Papernow says:

      Dear Julie,
      I am so glad this was helpful. I am somewhere between desperate and passionate to pass this information. Thanks to Rich and the Networker for making this available to such a wide audience. If you check the reply to Beth, above, you’ll see my email address.

  3. mgibson says:

    Thank you so much for these words of wisdom. Patricia Papernow demonstrated how the therapist’s very presence and way of speaking can be an intervention. From experience, I know how true it is that parents are extremely sensitive about their parenting of their child(ren). It was so welcome to learn practical ways to defuse the great tension and conflict that can arise in stepfamilies. I’m just sorry Patricia doesn’t have a website. I will look for her book when it comes out.

  4. Fantastic, useful, clearly communicated information. I do not specialize in step families but I do a lot of parenting work – education and skills in particular – with families who have kids with ADHD. Many of the concepts were relevant, even for these “first families”. I especially loved the sequence that Patricia so clearly outlined with starting with empathy, moving to education and skills and then working into internal work where indicated and welcomed. Also the wisdom Patricia imparted about conflict and how well that fits with all the emerging interpersonal neurobiology work. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Stimulating, edifying and very enjoyable.

  5. Iordana Gaytan says:

    This webinar was really interesting and useful to me. One of the most important aspects that Patricia Papernow underlined was the need to hold our compassion as therapist for all the members of the family. Trying to understand the difficulties of each member of the family seems essential to me to help the family.
    I was wondering how can we help children in step families deal with their relationship towards step siblings. In these cases, as with the step parent, the need to build a connection is fundamental.
    Thanks again for your great contribution Patricia Papernow!
    Iordana Gaytan

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