Secrets in Families and Family Therapy

Secrets have existed throughout time. In every culture, beliefs about secrecy, privacy and openness contribute to a crucial decision – should I keep a secret? Should I open a secret? As therapists, we are witnesses to the complexity of our clients’ secrets. Whether shaped in the interior of a family fifty years ago or yesterday, secrets carry powerful new meanings in today’s culture. In this workshop, participants will learn a multi-systemic model for working effectively with secrets.

Through lecture, exercises and video, participants will:

  • Examine ways to develop a complex therapeutic position respectful of each client’s struggle with secrecy
  • Learn to draw critical distinctions between secrecy and privacy
  • Understand the link between symptoms and secrets
  • Develop effective interviewing skills and interventions that are based on the unique context of every secret
  • Create a therapeutic context marked by empathy and justice.

Presented by Evan Imber-Black, PhD, LMFT

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  • November 3, 2017
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm