The influence of family can be both a strength to harness and a source of constraining patterns for a person – and every individual has a family background and context. Whether working with one person or the whole family, shifting perspective to consider the flow of stress as well as resilience through relationships can help expand possibilities for change. This workshop will provide information to help understand common dynamics at play within family systems. Participants will learn strategies for engaging and working with more than one person at a time and also how to match support to the level of need in a family system. This is a highly interactive and experiential workshop where participants will practice applying principles and strategies relevant for their own setting.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • The Basic Structures of Family Dynamics
  • Understanding Process and Patterns in Relationships
  • Who is Your Client? A Relational View
  • The Cultural Context in Systems
  • Health in Family Systems
  • Rules, Roles and Communication Patterns
  • Attachment, Boundaries and Triangles
  • Family Life Cycle – Predictable Times of Stress
  • Assessing for Resilience
  • Circular Questioning in Families
  • Applying Systemic Concepts with Individuals
  • Ethics with Families – Secrecy vs. Privacy
  • Matching Support to Level of Need in Families
  • Self of the Helper


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Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study review and small group discussion

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for counselors, family support workers, mental health workers, community workers and others supporting families working to heal from and prevent further family violence.