Each Intensive is a two-day series:
June 22 - 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
June 23: - 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
At a Crossroads of Intersectionality: Working Systemically with Multicultural Couples and Refugees
Yulia Watters, PhD, LMFT
And they lived happily ever after… This is one of the most common visions of many newly married, engaged, or coupled individuals who are starting their lives together. However, things do not always go as planned, especially if you have to leave your country of origin either voluntarily, as you fall in love with a foreigner, or involuntarily, if your country is under attack. As family therapists continue to assist individuals, couples, and families facing displacement, acculturation, and adjustment to different cultural values, they are prompted to use the systemic lens to attend to multiple perspectives and account for various contexts. Being the central piece of the systemic intervention, therapists cannot ignore the importance of self-of-the-therapist work and are brought to consider issues that rise when examining our own positioning within family dynamics and political conflicts.
In this very interactive intensive, you will be given an opportunity to examine the concept of Intersectionality applied to the context of multicultural work. We will explore specific challenges and ethical dilemmas that are present while working with refugees and first-generation immigrants from different walks of life, examine best practices while assisting community-based programs that are involved in providing help to people who recently arrived in the new country of residence, and reflect on best practices of self-care.
Keys to Success: Working Systemically with Conflictual Families after Separation and Divorce
William F. Northey, Jr., PhD, LMFT
Does the idea of working with conflictual parent’s post-divorce send shivers down your spine? Worse, have you worked with parents who were so venomous and vindictive that you vowed never to work with a family going through divorce again—especially if there were lawyers involved? The parents who cannot co-parent effectively post-divorce often engage in interactions that are hostile, caustic, and potentially damaging to their children, yet they seem unable to get out of their own way. If any group of parents are in desperate need of the skills of an MFT it is these families, yet these are the ones that keep us up at night or worse report us to the licensure board. The key to helping these families are deeply rooted in systemic family therapy and when the appropriate interventions are used reducing conflict and improve collaboration are achievable goals.
In this very interactive intensive, you will be given the keys to unlock and disrupt the conflictual interaction patterns in which these cantankerous families engage. We will explore the challenges presented in intervening systemically with parents engaged in conflictual and harmful post-divorce interactions and provide successful systemic methods to assist high conflict couples and provide the keys to help them work collaboratively for the benefit of the children. An exploration of the models and theories that afford maximum leverage for conflictual parents and interventions that provide relief will include psychoeducation, family therapy, co-parent counseling, mediation, and parent coordination.
Grief Camp: Connecting with Children in Crisis
Michelle Karume, PhD
Have you ever wondered how to effectively help a child who was grieving through the death of a loved one? This is a question we often wish we don't have to deal with but the reality is that it happens and more so-we often do not know what to do. When a child is grieving it is fair to say that their entire system shift-be it at home, religious community or school, there is often a shift in how their system is responding to them which can either make it easier or worse. Marriage and Family Therapists are therefore well placed to facilitate this healing process in a healthy way that ensure care for both the child and their family. Using the systemic framework this session will give knowledge on the anatomy of grieving children. You will also learn how to work with the children and their families who are going through this challenging season.