Children caught in the crossfire of divorce and those struggling with a new blended family frequently exhibit emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Children’s challenges may become exponential when divorce-related conflict is chronic and/or when parents’ new relationships lead to cohabitation or remarriage.
Kids end up stuck in the middle, taking on the role of fixer or therapist. Negative talk about each parent fuels blame games and regression while reunion fantasies persist.
In this recording, child-family psychologist, Dr. Steve O’Brien, will provide you with a practical treatment approach for children struggling with anxiety, depression, and oppositional behavior secondary to divorced and blended family stressors.
Treatment techniques will include:
Rapport-building and interview methods for children in divorce and blended family environments
Distress-management skills for children facing the stress of family conflict and transition
Strategies to improve co-parenting and to help blended families better integrate
Family-focused art, play, and game therapy techniques
Developmentally-tailored cognitive-behavioral interventions
Effective treatments for family-related anxiety, depression, and oppositional behavior
Practical tactics for teachers to assist distressed children in the classroom
Upon completion of the recording, you will walk away with multiple clinical tools and leave feeling empowered to take on the challenges of helping children struggling with highly stressful family transitions.