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.
Evan Imber-Black, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Families and Health at the Ackerman Institute. She is a professor and the Program Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Program at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY, and is also the former editor of Family Process. Additionally, Dr. Imber-Black is the author of The Secret Life of Families and co-author of Rituals for Our Times: Celebrating, Healing and Changing Our Lives and Relationships.
Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
CE Contact Hours: 5