Our first experiences of forming and maintaining relationships happen within the family context. These early attachment patterns influence how a person continues to engage with others and form adult relationships. Whether you are working with one person or the whole family, considering the flow of stress as well as resilience through relationships is critical. This workshop will explore attachment theory, as well as common dynamics at play within family systems. Participants will learn strategies for working with more than one person at a time. This is a highly interactive and experiential training where participants will practice applying principles and strategies for working with families.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • The Parts of a Family System
  • Understanding Process and Patterns in Relationships
  • Components of Health in Family Systems
  • The Positive Power of Attachment
  • The Cultural Context of Systems
  • Spoken and Unspoken Rules of Families
  • Health and Resilience in Family Patterns
  • Skills for Engaging Family Systems
  • Using Curiosity to Explore Process
  • Helping Change Happen Within Systems

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for school personnel, social service and health care professionals, counselors, social workers, family support workers, and anyone working with those to support families.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the basic structures of family systems
  • Describe common patterns in families that contribute to greater or less health
  • List three main areas of family resilience
  • Explore processes by practicing key interventions with individuals or families
  • Match target interventions to the family’s need for support