Working Therapeutically With Post-Separated Families

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Working with families post-separation is a highly specialised field with multiple complexities. Clinicians and case workers require specialised training to navigate the nuances of work with families after separation.

This course is founded upon extensive experience working with families including families in high conflict. The course works through practical ways to work with both parents and kids/young people post-separation. It explore theories and interventions as well as scenarios and role plays to solidify learnings from the workshop. It provides understanding of how to work with children and young people in different developmental stages cope with the breakdown in their family unit.

Children and young people require help understanding the changes to their life if they will be able to process these changes and then adjust to them. If kids do not receive assistance, they are at risk of developing maladaptive behaviours to attempt to cope with issues they may not be able to comprehend.

The course helps develop a greater understanding about how to work alongside parents who are going through or who have gone through separations in varying levels of conflict. Parents may experience periods of reactivity which can damage their capacity or ability to co-parent with their ex-partner, so this course provides ways to intervene in the parenting relationship and build more capacity for parents to co-parent.

The course will investigate the difficulties in working with families who are separated and highlight methods to reach outcomes, including:

  • Helping children adjust to separation and develop a new family narrative
  • Working through changeover issues
  • Helping parents co-parent more effectively
  • Working toward reducing parent conflict
  • Understanding the tasks of separation for children and how to intervene therapeutically on each
  • Developmental differences in working with children

Who should attend:

Teachers, Therapists, Case Managers, Mediators, Independent Children’s Lawyers