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Facilitating Effective Family Therapy: How to Get Uncooperative Parents on Board

Dafna Lender, LCSW
2 Hours
Feb 08, 2022
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Too many children feel hurt, angry, and disconnected from their parents; and too many parents feel discouraged that their child-rearing approaches aren’t working. As we know, family therapy can provide an effective path forward, but what happens when, despite your best efforts, negative parental attitudes and behaviours persist. Or when family sessions become laborious and unwieldy, and core issues are sidestepped? It may be time to introduce separate sessions for parent and child, and work with each before reconvening the family. How? In this session, you’ll discover how to:

  • Identify when parents need focused individual work, and what the goals of that work should be
  • Offer a secure base and apply gentle, redirecting interventions with misattuned, critical, and uncooperative parents
  • Re-introduce the child into the therapy room and support parents in both safely initiating repair and staying present
  • Titrate intense interactions and facilitate safe dialogue that gets to core issues between parent and child in ways that create a sense of well-being, connection and joy



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Dafna Lender, LCSW, is an international trainer and supervisor for practitioners who work with children and families. She is a certified trainer and supervisor/consultant in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and an EMDR therapist. Dafna’s expertise is drawn from 25 years of working with families with attachment in many settings: at-risk after school programs, therapeutic foster care, in-home crisis stabilization, residential care and private practice. Dafna’s style, whether as a therapist or teacher, is combining the light-hearted with the profound by bringing a playful, intense and passionate presence to every encounter. Dafna is the author of Integrative Attachment Family Therapy (2023) and co-author of Theraplay® - The Practitioner’s Guide (2020).


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dafna Lender maintains a private practice. She is a published author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dafna Lender is an author for Psychotherapy Networker.


  1. Demonstrate how to conduct face-to-face interactions between parent and child to create a sense of well-being, connection and joy.
  2. Apply a strategy for facilitating active dialogue between parent and child that is both safe and gets at the dyad’s core issues.
  3. Practice scenarios for de-escalating parent dysregulation optimal arousal and affect regulation.
  4. Apply gentle intervention to redirect a misattuned or critical parent in session.


  • Learn to structure a parent-child therapy session that is both safe and gets at the dyad’s core issues.
  • Practice scenarios for de-escalating child and parent dysregulation optimal arousal and affect regulation.
  • Detect and manage parent signs of escalation before they sabotage the session.
  • Techniques for reducing intensity of content to allow child to stay with difficult content.
  • Techniques for calming and refocusing parent’s energy.
  • Techniques for helping parent convey messages in a constructive manner.

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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