Rituals in Couples and Families in the Time of COVID-19 [Online]

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

Whether the large cultural, ethnic, national or religious rituals, or the small rituals of every day family life, this resource marks human existence from birth to death. In our current context of COVID-19, rituals have never been more urgent.

We shape, create and implicitly comment on transitions with rituals, including daily rituals of parting for work or school, joining one another at the end of a day, eating a meal, and closing the day at bedtime; yearly rituals of birthdays, anniversaries and holidays; and life cycle rituals to mark birth, adolescence, couple commitment, relationship loss and death. Time frames may collapse during rituals as we glimpse our past, our cultural heritage, live the present moment, and move into the future. To live vibrantly, cultures and families require continuity and transformation. It is with rituals that we make and mark constancy and change in self and relationships. This workshop will both provide a ritual framework for therapists to use over time, and ways to address our current crisis through the resource of rituals.


Evan Imber-Black

Evan Imber-Black, PhD, Evan Imber-Black, Ph.D. is Professor and Program Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY. She is also a Senior Faculty Member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City, where she directs the Center for Families and Health. She maintains a private practice in Couple and Family Therapy in New York City and Mount Vernon, New York. Evan was the Editor-in-Chief of the scholarly journal, Family Process for eight years. She is a highly published author in both scholarly journals and the popular press. She teaches writing workshops and provides private consultation to authors.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
10:00 am–12:00 pm

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This workshop will not provide CE Contact Hours

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