Anna Marie Ramos, LCSW, RPT-S
There is increasing evidence to support the claim that therapy which either includes parent and child together or puts the parent in a pivotal role is more effective than therapy where the child is treated individually. Mega studies regarding Filial therapy and the effectiveness of family based treatments, as well as extensive research regarding the importance of bonding and relationship in childhood trauma and the efficacy of parent training for disruptive behavior disorders are just a few of the indicators that point to the importance of the role of the caregiver in treatment sessions. Yet research also indicates that in practice, parents and children or adolescents are frequently divided or the role of the caregiver is marginalized. This workshop will teach participants how to make parents a dynamic part of the treatment planning and intervention. It will also demonstrate how to incorporate parents and children together with specific family strategies to address trauma including processing being exposed to domestic violence. The participants will learn to enable the caregiver to be the primary “healer” in the session by encouraging the parent to be active within the session, making their concerns and observations a priority, and having them continue the healing with home based strategies.
3 DVS Credits: Non Violent Parenting