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Engaging Parents: Overcoming Parental Resistance in Child and Family Therapy Presented by Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

June 30 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Many clinicians know to create lasting therapeutic change in a family, they must get buy-in from the parent(s), but engaging parents in a therapeutic setting can be challenging. Even experienced clinicians sometimes feel they are fighting a losing battle when working with parents who are resistant. Learning to work with parents more effectively increases therapeutic success, decreases cancellations and early termination, and lays the foundation for lasting change in a family.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, licensed clinical social worker and parenting coach, Mercedes Samudio, LCSW, will focus on what it means to work effectively with resistant parents and keep them engaged during the therapeutic process. She will explain the role a parent plays in a family’s ability to change and successfully maintain those changes, as well as share strategies she has developed to bypass parental resistance and develop a therapeutic alliance that empowers parents and heals families.

Mercedes will share her experience working with parents and educating them on the importance of their role as head of a family system. She will demonstrate how she conveys the importance of the family’s reliance on the strength of a confident parent, especially during times of increased stress and emotional upheaval. Attendees will learn strategies to engage parents, overcome therapeutic barriers, and manage common family system challenges to promote successful healing.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

1. Explain the process of parental identity development.
2. Discuss parental defense mechanisms and parent shame.
3. Describe strategies for developing a therapeutic relationship with parents.
4. Recognize countertransference when working with parents.
5. Implement strategies to manage and document crisis with parents and families.