Strengthening Family Leadership in Family Therapy and at Home

Thursday, September 7th 2017

Erik Thompson, MA, Licensed Psychologist Masters


Join us as we apply family systems theory to the health of important relationships, and the art of family therapy. Combining brief presentations, open dialogue, live issues, case discussion, and role playing, this interactive exchange will offer clues to challenging questions such as:

• How do I manage family conflict?   
• What is the art of healthy relationship boundaries?
• What are the keys to a sustainable, satisfying, and lively marriage?
• How can I help my clients achieve this?
• What is the right balance between empathy and challenge, in 
   parenting, couples, and with my clients?

The presenter can address questions about how a family systems therapist:

• Manages herself amidst difficult cases.
• Works with addiction.
• Orients clients to family therapy.
• Challenges couples to lead in the relationship.
• Defines her role to clients.
• Manages clients who are not ready for insight.
• Manages emotional and behavioral crisis.
• Manages seeing multiple family members.
• Works individually with multiple family members.

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Managing Conflict: A Systems View of Conflict Between Others & Within Self

Friday, October 6th 2017

Douglas C. Murphy, MA, LCMFT


Conflict is a feature of important situations where we must reach the most effective decisions, such as: • Deciding how to handle a difference of opinion in a couple over where to send a kid to school. • Deciding whether or not to confront a child on concerning
behavior. • Deciding whether to quit a job, or challenge the system. • Deciding whether to accept a request for a favor. • Deciding to take away the car keys from an aging parent.

When we strive to be accountable to our own beliefs and life principles, and communicate them to others, this can produce conflict. When facing such decisions, conflicts can seem internal (related to our own personality) or external (related to the people involved). Both the intensity of the inner conflict and the intensity of how other people respond determines how difficult the conflicts are to resolve. Whether taking a principled stand, or caving in to pressure, conflict is often a part of the situation.

Counseling professionals face such conflicts including: • Helping a client who is attempting to decide whether to stay in his marriage or seek divorce. • Trying to determine how much to assist a client who is displaying high anxiety and difficulty functioning. • Coaching a client who is unable to reach toward a long absent father.

Mr. Murphy will use the lens of Bowen family systems theory to explore such situations, and the internal and external conflicts they stimulate. He will show how such conflicts are embedded in naturally occurring relationship processes that can be observed in all human groups. For example when two people coalesce against a third, this can determine how individuals make meaning of a situation, and the decisions they consider and choose. Mr. Murphy will use clinical examples to explain how differentiation of self is a primary factor in conflict and decision making.

22nd Annual Vermont Symposium on Bowen Theory

Friday, March 9th 2018

Clinical Conference TBD

Friday, May 11th 2018


2017 - 2018 Professional Training and Supervision Group

Friday, September 15th 2017

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