Date(s) - 08/10/2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


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Engaging an inarticulate, reluctant young man (and bringing the absent father into the picture)

October 8th 2018 – 9.00am-4.30pm

Twenty-one year old Daniel has moved back home to live with his mother; unannounced, and they are arguing constantly. Moshe Lang demonstrates his great skill as a therapist by being attentive, empathic, respectful, collaborative, neutral and, above all, human.  Moshe elicits the story of the breakdown of Daniel’s parent’s marriage, Meg’s pain, disappointment and sense of failure, and the role this plays in her ambivalence around Daniel coming home.   Daniel is difficult to engage, yet, as Moshe explores his experience of his parent’s breakup, the deep sense of abandonment emerges.

It is expected that from watching the DVD and participating in the workshop you will;

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of creating a respectful and hopeful atmosphere that allows therapeutic work to begin;
  • Gain insight into Moshe Lang’s therapy style; how he attends to the clients’ view of the problem and adopts a posture of curiosity about client life experience and perceptions;
  • Develop key skills in therapy; to track individual experience, styles and meaning; and reinforce positives in a client’s narrative;
  • The merits and demerits of working with members of the family separately or together


  1. To work with an inarticulate, uncommunicative and reluctant client;
  2. To negotiate a “contract” or agreement between two members of the family about how to work together even though their expectations and wishes of therapy and their understanding of the problem are different;
  3. To bring the absent member of the family (in this case the father) into the therapy even though he’s absent;
  4. To plan future sessions for individuals, or mother and son together;

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to spend time with one of Australia’s best-known family therapists and industry elders, Moshe Lang.

Moshe Lang


  • Born in Israel, he migrated to Australia as a young man and settled here in 1961.
  • Studied psychology at the University of Melbourne
  • Director of William Road Psychotherapy Centre Melbourne
  • Between 1965 and 1979 senior psychologist at the Bouverie Clinic, (Director of Training1975)
  • During a sabbatical, worked in Ramat-Chen Mental Health Clinic in Israel.
  • In 1979, founded the first independent family therapy Centre in Australia: Williams Road.
  • Foundation President of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (1979-1988)
  • from 1982 to 1984
  • President of the Victorian Association of Family Therapists (now known as Australian Association of Family Therapy).
  • Recipient of the Inaugural Award of Special Services to Family Therapy from the Australian New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (1994)
  • Life Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (1992).
  • Gave the key-note address at the Inaugural Family Therapy Conference in Melbourne (1980).

Moshe has published extensively in the professional literature on themes ranging from Work with Children and Adolescents, depression, eating disorders, suicide, school refusal, work with holocaust survivors and their families, couples and family therapy and teaching family therapy. His publications include the Children Depression Scale with Miriam Tisher.

Links (for further information)

Bieber, K. (2013). The Joy of Therapy: An Interview with Moshe Lang. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 34(3), 257–267.
download pdf | watch taped interview on YouTube

Moshe Lang’s publications include:
The Children’s Depression Scale (with Miriam Tisher)
Resilience – Timeless Stories of a Family Therapist (with Tesse Lang)
Corrupting the Young (with Tesse Lang) and
The Answer Within (with Peter McCallum).

Register HERE

If you are unable to register and would like to attend. Please arrive a few minutes earlier. We will send you an invoice.