Healing Intergenerational Wounds: A Relational-Neurobiological Approach to Transform Family Relationships
In this workshop, Dr. Fishbane will explore ways to facilitate healing & dialogue in distressed relationships between adults and their families of origin, especially parents. Utilizing a resilience-based view & a relational intergenerational approach, topics to be addressed include family legacies & loyalties, resentment and blame, cutoffs, differentiation, boundaries, power, guilt, repair, and forgiveness. Gender-based and cultural beliefs that affect intergenerational relationships will inform the discussion. The neurobiology underlying reactivity between adult children and their parents will be explored, along with brain-based interventions to facilitate relational empowerment between the generations. The challenges of caring for frail parents as they age will be considered. Theory and techniques, with case illustrations, will be offered to facilitate intergenerational repair, focusing on ways to honor and care for parents while honoring and caring for one’s self.