Reflections on Therapy with Stepfamilies

We are excited to have Dr. Patricia Papernow, author of Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamilies, present “Meeting the (Big) Challenges of ‘Blended Families’: What Couple, Family, and Individual Therapists Need to Know” at the MAMFT Annual Conference on April 6 at the Wellesley College Club. I (Jeremiah Gibson) had the honor of interviewing Dr. Papernow […]

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10 Tips for Systemic Work with Immigrant Families

There are many reasons immigrant families come to America; whatever the reason, they often face challenges that may bring them to therapy. It is important that we, as Marriage and Family Therapists, are competent in dealing with this population. Cultural competence involves being able to provide therapy that addresses the problems faced by clients in […]

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Recalibrating Systems Theory as the Foundation of MFT

“I consider rugged individualism to be an exaggerated pretend posture of a person struggling against emotional fusion. The differentiated person is always aware of others and the relationship system around him.” Murray Bowen, Family Therapy in Clinical Practice My workshop — Systems Theory: Strategies for Inner and Outer Systems Interventions — starts with a review […]

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Three Positive Assumptions When Working with Maltreating Families

The premise of the mandated reporting requirements is straightforward: children who are abused can be protected once a report is made. Often, mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect is a clinician’s only preparation for working with maltreatment. However, when clinicians enter the workforce, they often encounter a different reality. Despite mandated reporting, children often […]

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Developmental Assists in Couples Therapy

Working with couples is a wonderful opportunity to help families in transition. Couples often come in for help in one of two scenarios: when it’s long overdue, and they’ve been stuck for years or decades, or when there is a huge transition happening that shakes them up personally and flips the comfort zone of their […]

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Three Ways to Help Children Adjust in Blended Families

Fifty percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce. Research suggests that two-thirds of second marriages, that include children from previous marriages fail. As a result, stepfamilies or “blended families” are becoming increasingly common with mounting challenges for both parents and children. With the blending of a family, children may find it difficult […]

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Bringing Systems Theory to the Forefront of Mental Health Agencies

Sign up for our 2017 MAMFT In-Home Therapy Symposium on October 20 in Holyoke, which supports therapists at in-home therapy agencies, including Nieshia Whittingham, IHT therapist at South Bay in Dorchester. Systems theory is an essential part of understanding relational concepts. As an aspiring LMFT and Sex Therapist, I was fortunate enough to have it […]

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The Development and Use of Genograms as a Family intervention

Sign up for our 2017 MAMFT In-Home Therapy Symposium on October 20 in Holyoke. This blog post is written by Kristin Broderick, LMFT, a supervisor at The Guidance Center in Somerville. To a family therapist, genograms are a unique intervention intentionally used in family sessions to elicit themes, patterns, and an overall ‘bigger picture’ perspective […]

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Using Supervision Contracts

Sign up for our 2017 MAMFT In-Home Therapy Symposium on October 20 in Holyoke. This blog post is written by presenter Jeremiah Gibson, LMFT. It’s the end of hiring season, the three month period that my agency, South Bay (and, I presume, a lot of other agencies) primarily uses to replenish their workforce with recently […]

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Little Murders: When Children are Full of Revenge

Sign up for our 2017 MAMFT In-Home Therapy Symposium on October 20 in Holyoke. This blog post is written by presenter Howard Wolfe, LMFT. On October 20th, I’ll be presenting a workshop at the MAMFT’s annual In Home Therapy Symposium. The workshop will be about how children can destroy family life through “little murders.” They […]

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