Rebuilding Bonds: A Relational Approach to Repairing Family Ruptures

Relationship ruptures between children and their parents/caregivers can take many forms. Whether trying to recover from a hostile exchange of words or a long-standing pattern of abuse and neglect, children and their caregivers struggle to reconnect. While children long to feel safe and valued in their family, histories of complicated family dynamics and various forms of trauma often set the stage for on-going misunderstanding and misattunement between caregivers and their children. Caregivers often feel angry and powerless over their children’s behavior, and children feel misunderstood and “bad.”  In this workshop, Andrea Blumenthal will draw on clinical work from the Foster Care and Adoption Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and present an approach that integrates ideas from family therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, and trauma studies to help families rebuild bonds after significant or long-standing relational ruptures. By simultaneously focusing on understanding the caregiver’s personal, relational and contextual experience and helping them attune to their children’s emotional needs, past injuries can be repaired and a sense of safety can be built in the present.

andrea-blumenthalAndrea Blumenthal, LCSW, is a faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, where she teaches and supervises post-graduate trainees in the practice of family therapy. She is also the Co-Director of the Ackerman Foster Care and Adoption Project and a clinical associate of Ackerman’s Center for Families and Health. As a past member of the Gender and Family Project (GFP), she facilitated groups for gender non-conforming children and pre-adolescents. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages and diverse families in a variety of agency contexts. As a clinician working in community-based settings, she has focused on working with individuals and families affected by physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, and other forms of trauma. She has completed a post-graduate training program in the Treatment of Interpersonal Trauma at Fordham University and is a graduate of the Clinical Externship training program at Ackerman.  In addition to teaching and her clinical responsibilities at Ackerman, Ms. Blumenthal maintains a private practice specializing in interpersonal traumas and relationship issues with couples and families.

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
CEUs for NYS: 6
CEUs for NASW – CT: 5

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The Ackerman Institute for the Family SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0052.

If you are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111