Recognizing and Treating Authoritarian Families

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

Wednesday, 10/30/19,  8:30am-12:30pm, Hope Services, Raleigh, North Carolina
Thursday, 10/31/19, 8:30am-12:30pm, 519 Conference Center, Morrisville, North Carolina
Friday, 11/1/19, 8:30am-12:30pm, Carolina Outreach, Durham, North Carolina

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. Recognize coercive interactional patterns and how to interrupt them
  4. Describe common traps when working with authoritarian families and how to avoid them

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