Recognizing and Treating Authoritarian Families

CE Hours: 4.0
Instructor: C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Wednesday, 11/13/19,  8:30am-12:30pm, Venango County Human Services, Franklin, PA

Authoritarian families are focused on maintaining order, control, and compliance.  Coercion, bullying, abuse, and violence are common in these families. This workshop provides an eco-systemic framework for understanding these families, the caregivers who head them, and the types of problems they typically encounter with their children.   Common traps therapists make when working with these families are identified, as are strategies for avoiding them.  Strategies are provided for introducing more softness into interactions between caregivers and their children and cultivating more tolerance for dissent in the family.

As a result of attending this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the structural characteristics of authoritarian families
  2. Identify authoritarian parenting patterns and their impacts on children
  3. Describe coercive interactional patterns and their relationship to family violence
  4. Describe strategies for helping caregivers in authoritarian families tolerate dissent and provide more emotional support to their children

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