All Kinds of News for May 04, 2016
April 2016 parent weekend was an absolute success!
Each year Living Well Transitions (CO) offers two workshop weekends to parents of enrolled young adult clients. Goals for these workshops are that parents connect with other parents of young adults in the program, gain a deeper knowledge of the therapeutic process their child is engaged in, and learn parenting skills that can be immediately applied to their current familial dynamics. Parents engage in a mixture of education and interactive practice during the workshop.
During this most recent workshop, parents learned about Karpman’s “drama triangle” in family dynamics (victim, persecutor and rescuer). They also had a chance to learn about and practice with Emerald’s “empowerment dynamic” which flips the drama triangle roles to that of creator, coach and challenger. Parents learned about Olson’s Circumplex model of family systems and how the elements of family cohesion, flexibility and communication are essential in the pursuit of healthy familial relationships. Parents took part in interactive exercises surrounding this model and learned skills that may benefit their relationships with their young adult son or daughter moving forward.
Overall, the workshop provides a mixture of learning and skill application with enough downtime to spend time with their child and experience a snapshot of their life in Boulder, CO. Following the weekend parents reported finding the workshop helpful in getting to connect with other parents who are having similar experiences and learning more about ways to skillfully coach and challenge their young adult children.
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