Stepfamily Training For Counselors

10 09 2009

The folks at the National Stepfamily Resource Center have joined forces with two other groups to offer a training session for clergy, therapists, counselors, and coaches led by stepfamily experts Dr. Scott Browning, Dr. Patricia Papernow and one of the leading researchers in the field, Dr. Kay Pasley. If you haven’t been to one of their trainings and are working with stepfamilies, you really should. It’s worth it! Here’s all the info:

The National Stepfamily Resource Center, the Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative, and the Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy present an:


 October 2-3, 2009

Lake Mary Marriott Hotel Lake Mary, Florida (near Orlando)

The intense challenges created by stepfamily dynamics are woven through every clinician’s practice. Your clients may be stepfamilies, stepcouples, individual stepparents, kids, single parents who have recoupled, or adults who grew up in a stepfamily. Don’t miss this opportunity to hone your skills with this critical population with two of the country’s preeminent stepfamily clinicians, Dr. Scott Browning and Dr. Patricia Papernow and one of the leading researchers in the field, Dr. Kay Pasley.

$150 ($75 for students) 13.5 CEU’s (The NBCC has approved these CEU’s as core hours for both LMFTs and LPC’s in Georgia and Alabama)

You will learn about:

  • 5 normal challenges created by “stepfamily architecture” and the ways in which these challenges impact adults and children and their relationships with each other
  • Evidence-based strategies that meet each of these challenges.
  • What children need from adults to adjust to stepfamily living
  • “The Loyalty Bind Talk” and the “Toxic Ex-Spouse Talk.”
  • The differences between effective parenting and effective stepparenting.
  • Easy errors in working with people in step relationships.
  • Psychoeducational, interpersonal and intrapsychic levels of clinical work with people in step relationships.
  • Interpersonal skills that help stepfamily members meet their challenges.
  • The art of psychotherapy with stepfamilies.
  • The most current research findings on this important family form

The workshop includes live demonstrations of therapy with a stepfamily and a stepcouple by Dr. Browning and Dr. Papernow

 HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Lake Mary Marriott, 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary, FL. Call 407 995-1100 and ask for Family Therapy Association special rate of $99 per night.

REGISTRATION: For more information and the registration form:,,  or




One response

11 09 2009
Shirley Cress Dudley

Blended and step families will be the most common type of family in 2010. The more information folks can learn about it, the better. It’s tough to blend a family- but well worth the efforts.
Shirley Cress Dudley, MA LPC
Blended and Step Family Coach

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