Addressing the Challenges of Stepfamily Relationships: What Family, Couple and Individual Therapists Need to Know
“Blended family” relationships are intense and they are complex. First-time family principles are unhelpful and even destructive. This workshop, presented by Patricia L. Papernow, EdD provides a roadmap for meeting the significant challenges stepfamilies create for forging intimate, satisfying relationships. Whether you work with families, couples, individual adults, or children, participants will learn key practices on 3 different levels (psychoeducational, interpersonal, and intrapsychic) for helping step couples to build and maintain vital connection, helping children navigate their losses and loyalty binds, managing discipline, navigating floods of differences, and dealing effectively with ex-spouses.