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.

Mona D. Fishbane, PhD, is the director of the couple therapy training program at the Chicago Center for Family Health. Dr. Fishbane received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1979 from the University of Massachusetts. She has been a Board Member for the American Family Therapy Academy, is an approved AAMFT Supervisor, and is on the Family Process Board of Advisors. Among her honors and awards are a grant from the Templeton Foundation. Mona has published numerous professional articles and lectures nationally and internationally. Her recent book, Loving with the Brain in Mind: Neurobiology & Couple Therapy, is part of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.
Mona’s website: www.monafishbane.com

Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
Contact Hours (CEU’s) for NYS: 6
CE Credits for NASW: 5

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.


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Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111