Understanding and Treating Stepfamilies: Estimates are that 42% of Americans have a close stepfamily relationship. Nonetheless, few helping professionals receive the training needed to understand and work with the unique strengths, challenges, and vulnerabilities of "blended families." Furthermore, the available training too often fails to consider the implications of stepfamily diversity (in class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality, for instance) for both psychoeducation and clinical treatment.
This two-day workshop offers clear models for creating healthy, thriving stepfamily relationships and frameworks for therapeutic intervention illustrated by live clinical demonstrations. The training provides you with practical recommendations for working with diverse stepfamilies, introduces a research-validated group education program that enhances stepfamily success and well-being and gives you an overview of the evidence base behind all of this.
This training is useful for therapists, guidance counselors, mediators, divorce coaches, family lawyers, pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and others who work with structurally complex families.
This unique workshop is presented by four of the leading stepfamily experts in the U.S. Clinicians Dr. Scott Browning and Dr. Patricia Papernow are co-recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder is Director of the National Stepfamily Resource Center. She and Dr. Brad van Eeden-Moorefield are recognized stepfamily scholars and family life educators.
This training is provided by the leading stepfamily clinicians and scholars in the U.S. It focuses on practical information for working with the challenges of stepfamily living and features live demonstrations of therapeutic approaches. Written materials, including new books by Dr. Browning, will be available, as will summaries of relevant research and insights from specially designed psycho-educational programs by Drs. Van Eeden Moorefield and Adler-Baeder.