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Seven Scenarios

Dealing With The Most Difficult
Scenarios In Couples Therapy

Seven Evenings

Dates TBD

The purpose of this workshop is to provide the participant with an opportunity to learn, explore, and integrate the to family treatment has been developed by Norman Shub at the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio over the last thirty-five years.

The approach has particular positive features that make it more accessible and easily integrated into a clinician's ongoing practice. In addition, this approach has been successfully used by therapists in many countries. Participants will find the skills underlying the approach:

  • Understandable and clear
  • Easily integrated into their professional practice
  • Designed to help the practitioner integrate children into the family treatment
  • Demonstrated step by step during this workshop
  • Designed so that mental health professionals can simply facilitate the process of change
  • Provide a clear method for the family to learn new skills


Practitioners of family therapy know that the research shows that many who are trained in family therapy do not stay long-term with this vital approach in their professional practice. Difficulty engaging children, difficulty in getting family members to come, and pessimism about the overall efficacy have been cited by many researchers as the reason for this lack of long-term commitment to family work.

  • Explore the process and stages of Position Oriented Family Therapy
  • Learn to deal with difficult problems in families, i.e., characterologic adolescent families, families with addictions, families with separated and divorced parents, families with acting out adults, etc.
  • Learn to precipitate the family members' movement from a negative position to a positive one
  • Explore the "process of change" in family life
  • Learn to identify the phases of family treatment from diagnosis to integration
  • Discover the subtleties of the changing role of the therapist in this process
  • Explore the integration of this model of family therapy with individual therapy, couples therapy, etc.