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The Essentials of Stepfamily Coaching

August 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am


August 7, 14, and 21 from 11 – 1 PM PST (2 – 4 EST)
Karen Bonnell, MS and Anne Lucas, LMHC
ZOOM Video Training
$275 USD

Please join us in a high-paced, three-part series that will prepare you to understand the underlying complexities of working with stepfamilies. Anne and Karen will skillfully guide you through the key considerations in working with stepfamilies – whether smooth sailing or struggling with adjustment post-decree/post recoupling. We will keep children front and center as we discuss the five challenges of stepfamily – developmental considerations from little ones to adults as well as when a co-parent has started their new relationship as an affair or when a co-parent has died. This training is for mental health and legal professionals. Recommended reading: “The Stepfamily Handbook” by Bonnell & Papernow.

Session I: From One Home to Two Homes to Stepfamily
Families don’t “blend”… stepping into stepfamily
Original family structure – next time family reality
Children are challenged by losses, loyalty binds and change
Growth and development implications for adjusting to stepfamily

Session II: From Parenting to Co-Parenting to Step-Parenting
Insiders and outsiders … the nature of the beast
The psychodynamic strain on the intimate partnership
Secrets to successful discipline in stepfamily
“But, this is my house, too”

Session III: From Co-Parents to a Skillful Parenting Coalition
Co-parents are part of the stepfamily
Culture: the invisible influence that results in the big “Ooops”
Affairs delay adjustment
Gray re-couplers … what’s adult children have to do with it?
When a co-parent is deceased

To Register
Please call Cassie at 425-443-4795 or email her at clfung11@ymail.com and provide your name & phone number. Payment through PayPal using Karen’s email: Karen@coachmediateconsult.com. Continuing education for mental health and legal professionals pending.


August 7, 2020
9:00 am - 11:00 am