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 provides a roadmap for meeting the significant challenges stepfamilies create for forging intimate, satisfying relationships. Some of these include: Painfully stuck insider/outsider positions, “resistant” and unhappy children, confusion over the stepparent role, painful conflicts over parenting, threatened ex-spouses, and differing values on everything from the “appropriate” cost of a haircut, to whether Grape Nuts is a breakfast food or a form of cardboard. Whether you work with families, couples, individual adults, or children, you will learn key practices on 3 different levels (psychoeducational, interpersonal, and intrapsychic) for helping stepcouples 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.