Family Breakdown or Breakthrough in the Time of Coronavirus

In support of mental health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, this online workshop is presented to you free of charge.

Families and couples are under considerable stress during this period of lockdown. At one level, most families experience the more ‘ordinary’ stresses of having to share space, work remotely and supervise virtual schools, while at another level, there are anxieties about health and mortality among immediate and extended family members, which may be exacerbated for families disproportionately impacted due to racism and/or immigration status. The stresses might be particularly acute for those families where any member of the family has underlying physical or mental health difficulties, where one or both parents are key workers or when the parents are separated/divorced. The rituals that help families to make transitions from one life cycle stage to another may also have been adapted so that weddings and funerals have different forms and meanings during this time.

In this lecture, Dr. Singh will highlight key systemic theoretical ideas that can be drawn upon at this time. Dr. Singh will explore ways of helping families deal with the ordinary and extraordinary stresses of this period, so that they find opportunities to create closer and more fulfilling relationships during this crisis.


Reenee Singh, DSysPsych, is a Consultant Family and Systemic Psychotherapist. She is currently the CEO of the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice in the U.K, and a Director at the Child and Family Practice, London, where she has founded a Centre for Intercultural Couples. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Bergamo, Italy, presents at national and international conferences and teaches all over the world. Reenee has written and edited four books, (including the forthcoming Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy) and numerous articles in the areas of ‘race’, culture and qualitative research.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
10:00 am–12:00 pm

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