Untangling “Blended Families”—Working with Clients in Stepfamily Relationships
Featuring: Dr. Patricia Papernow, Ed.D., expert on stepfamilies, Friday, October 26, 2012, Price: $125
The complex relationships in what is commonly (and inaccurately) referred to as the “Blended Family” typically involve stunningly frequent attachment breaks, “resistant” or unhappy children, and conflicting parenting styles, not to mention differing values on everything from whether Grape Nuts is a food to the appropriate cost of a new pair of sneakers. While these difficulties routinely present in the early stages, complications may be seen many years down the road.
These relationships are frequently intense and challenging. What works is often not intuitive. Bloggers, trade book writers, and facebookers along with therapists have produced a flood of well meaning advice, much of it misleading and even destructive.
This workshop will examine the five major challenges created by “stepfamily architecture”. Participants will learn how to help stepfamilies meet these challenges, how adults can help children handle divisive forces and emotional binds that characterize stepfamilies, how successful stepparenting differs from primary parenting, and review strategies for coexisting amicably with an ex-spouse. Whether you work with adults or children, with individuals, couples, or families, you will leave with immediately applicable tools to meet these challenges.
This continuing education activity was approved by the Vermont State Nurses Association’s Committee on Education, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
To be added to our Conference information list or for more information, please Email Darlene Pecor or call (802) 721-6913.
- 8:45: Registration & Refreshments
- 9:15: Dr. Patricia Papernow
- 12:15: Lunch
- 1:30-3:30: Dr. Patricia Papernow
- Educators – Vt., N.H., Mass.: 5 Professional Development Points or 5 Credit Hours
- Marriage and Family Therapists: 5 Credit Hours
- MH Counselors: 5 Contact Hours
- Credits accepted by MAMHCA, VTMHCA, NHMHCA, & CTMHCA
- School Counselors: 5 Credit Hours
- Nurses: 6 Contact Hours
- School Psychologists: 5 Credit Hours
- Social Workers: 5 Credit Hours
- Substance Abuse Counselors: 5 Credit Hours
From Exit 5 on Interstate 91:
Turn east, then take the first right turn. We’re two miles ahead on the right.
From Route 12 in New Hampshire:
Take Route 123 in Walpole across the Connecticut River into Vermont. Turn left onto Route 5. Go 1.5 miles, then turn right on School Street. Turn left at the “T” and Kurn Hattin will be ahead on your right.