Participants in this program will be introduced to an overview of contemporary Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with nuclear families and blended families; Learning Theory principles, Cognitive Therapy principles, and the Integrative potential of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; they will learn to develop the Therapeutic Collaborative Relationship with all family members; they will understand Cognitive-Behaviour therapy in a developmental perspective; they will understand the Mechanics of Change with Couples and Families in a Blended Context.
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How Will I Learn It?
Help blended families find helpful ways to work through the stress they experience as the structure of their previous lives shift and they attempt to find a new balance; help them to maintain a healthy thinking style as children and adolescent visitations are arranged with compliant or non-complaint ex-partners, as they deal with lawyers and courts regarding support payment and the fairness of parental arrangements, and as extended family place judgments on the newer parts of the family. Help them to find healthy ways to deal with conflicts between biological parents, between one biological parent and the other biological parent’s new partner; between a step-parent and their step-siblings, and between the newly merged couple or any combination the parties involved. Learn to help the blended family deal with feelings of hurt, anger and resentment and to restore a working relationship with an ex-partner or even both ex-partners.
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The bringing together and attempting to blend two families can create numerous challenges, some of which may be recognized beforehand and others that were not considered as possibilities. Children may be accustomed to different parenting styles and family routines.
With nearly half of couple relationships ending in separation of informal and common law relationships and divorce, blended families are becoming increasingly common in our society. This often bringing together children, adolescents, young adults and sometimes young grandchildren from two former relationships (and sometimes other children who had been previously blended in these former relationships) with one biological parent, a ‘step’ parent (sometimes called Mom’s boyfriend or Dad’s wife, or referred to as ‘the Addition’ or ‘the Bonus’ parent). Offsprings may not have known each other previously (or that did know each other, but didn’t like each other very much).
January Intake (Now Registering)
January 24, 2018 to May 16, 2018
$1250 + HST: Early Bird Discount ($100) for registration and payment before December 19/17
Registration Deadline: January 10, 2018
April Intake (Now Registering)
April 24, 2018 to Aug 28, 2018
$1250 + HST: Early Bird Discount ($100) for registration and payment before March 15
Registration Deadline: April 8, 2018
We specialize in online learning in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for mental (and physical) health professionals. We realize that educating professionals in CBT significantly expands the health and wellness resources available to healthcare clients.
You will work in small collaborative groups within a larger class. In fact, you can register with a group of 6-8 peers and expect to complete the entire program with that same group. Alternately, you can register individually and work with people from across the country and beyond. Your collaborative learning groups will facilitate the development of critical thinking skills, the co-creation of knowledge, meaning, reflection, and transformative learning. Reciprocal scaffolding (Holton and Thomas, 2006) is utilized where collaboratively working groups are provided with opportunities to learn from the experiences and knowledge of each other.
This online program consists of weekly video lectures, weekly discussion, frequent electronic quizzes to keep you on-track, group Case Studies, and meetings with your facilitator via Skype/Adobe Connect.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy With Blended
Families in Crisis
Understand the Importance of the Collective Schema Component in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: the concept of schema, automatic thoughts and schemas, underlying schemas and cognitive distortions; identifying schemas from the family-of-origin and their impact on current family relationships and family functioning; understanding cognitions and trans-generational schema.
Understand the role of neuro-biological processes in emotions and behaviours: the role of the amygdala; cognitions vs. emotions; be able to conduct a clinical assessment with a blended family: joint and individual interviews; inventories and questionnaires; Genograms; ongoing case conceptualizations; spotting challenges in the assessment process; structured family interaction; assessment of cognitions; identification of macro-level patterns and core relationship issues; assess motivation to change; identifying automatic thoughts and core beliefs, and differentiating core beliefs from schemas; identifying negative framing; identifying and labeling cognitive distortions; translating thoughts, emotions and behaviours in the process of conceptualization; attribution and standards and their role in assessment; targeting maladaptive behavioural patterns; testing and re-interpreting automatic thoughts; and formulating a treatment plan.
Sometimes blended families are created without making decisions about the role step-parents (or Bonus Mom or Dad) will play in parenting their new partner’s children. Rules and boundaries may only be discussed after a perceived rule or boundary has been breached. Children may be expected to show respect and love for step-parents they barely know, and who have not yet earned their trust.
What Will I Learn?
Increased stress can lead to ‘demonizing’ a parent or step-patent; ‘scapegoating’ a child; alcohol and drug abuse; financial difficulties; and sometimes by children playing ‘musical house’ by moving back and forth between biological parents when pressures are too high.
All family members go through predictable developmental (maturational) crises in their lives as they move from one stage of human development to another. These stages occur at least seven times in the life span, from infancy to later adulthood. If that were not enough, relationships themselves also go through stages, from the honeymoon stage to a more seriously committed stage with lots of growth and development in between. When couples separate and re-blend in second relationships, their separation and/or divorce can become a situational crisis in the life of the blended family, especially if post-separation or post-divorce conflict continues with ex-partners. Most theorists agree that parental conflict, provides at least some negative influences for children’s adjustment to the divorce, including low self-esteem, decreased ability to adjust and cope, and decreased social competence and behaviour. When maturational and situational crises meet, the blended family will be looking for help. Learn how you can provide the best care for the crisis in which they find themselves.
Will learn Cognitive Behavioural Techniques: psycho-education and socialization of family members about the CBT model; identifying NATs and corresponding feelings and behaviours; addressing schemas and schema restructuring; enactment through reframing and rehearsal; behavioural techniques; addressing potential for relapse; dealing with challenges and resistance to change; differences in agendas; anxiety about changing existing patterns in the relationship and taking responsibility for the relationship; learn to institute safety contracts, rules and boundaries for safety; teach conflict management skills and problem solving abilities.
Help clients to have the necessary conversations about financial and living arrangements as soon as possible. Some couples do not have these conversations until after they move in together and differences of opinions may only become evident when lack of arrangements become problematic. Sometimes, adults need help because they have not resolved their feelings about their previous committed relationship, and moving on to a new relationship can trigger old wounds for both adults and children. Children may have held out hope that their biological parents would be reunited, and may be grieving the loss of their family (as they knew it) while at the same time attempting to blend into a new family.