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Enhancing Lives presents:
Secrets and Lies inside the family: What to do in therapy?
Dates: 27th & 28th October, 2017 [Friday & Saturday]
2 Days Workshop on “Secrets and Lies inside the family: What to do in therapy?”
Lying emerges from implicit family secrets and represents a manipulation of reality. Family secrets develop through family myths and can be transmitted at an intergenerational level in critical stages of the family life cycle such as sudden losses of family “pillars”, family cut-off (for example for migration process), economic failures, hostile marital separation, chronic diseases, criminal behaviour etc. Secrets and lies bring to “overinclusion” and coalition among those who share it while it create a process of exclusion and powerlessness for those (often children) who do not share it.
In therapy and counselling, it is important to explore some major family events, which might have produced a traumatic effect at emotional and cognitive level, giving space to the formation of family secrets. Secrets are defensive strategies aiming to “protect someone” from harsh realities. In this workshop, Andolfi will illustrate his ideas and present several clinical material around this topic. Through his multigenerational theory and his experiential approach, he will show how to challenge family secrets and look for the disclosure of the truth in the session. In order to do that it is fundamental to create a context of safety and trust in the therapeutic relationship and to evaluate the right timing for taking off the family mask and opening up family truths and restore authenticity and respect among family members.
PO Box 195, M 0412 460 928 Orrneau Qld 4208 F (07) 5547 6283 www.enhancinglives.com.au