Relationships are central to every person’s well-being, and family relationships are the foundation that influences how we all continue to grow and connect with others throughout life. Families are extremely diverse, and so our ways of supporting them need to be equally wide-ranging and unique to each relationship dynamic. This workshop is based on the variety of family structures and helping strategies described in CTRI’s book, Counselling in Relationships. Different family relationships will be explored, and common themes that can help counsellors feel more confident in supporting the diversity of families they serve will be identified. Participants will learn to apply principles and strategies that will guide them to be more effective and responsive in their work with families.

Some of the Topics Included

  • The Diversity of Family Structures
  • The Role of Attachment in Family Connections
  • Components of Health in Family Systems
  • Patterns of Disconnection in Family Systems
  • The Cultural Context of Systems
  • Helping Change Happen Within Systems
  • Indigenous Insights for All Counsellors
  • Skills for Engaging Family Systems
  • Supportive Strategies for Repairing Relationships
  • The Importance of Counsellor Self-Awareness and Reflection

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, and anyone wanting to gain an increased capacity in their counselling skills.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe a range of diverse family structures
  • Name factors that contribute to healthy in family systems
  • Distinguish what will contribute to patterns of connection or disconnection
  • Demonstrate steps for repair in relationships
  • Identify areas of further self-awareness and reflection for supporting relationships