The Multidimensional Family Tree: Best Practices for Working with Members of Step-Families
Stepfamilies have become ubiquitous – currently, about one in three people in the U.S. are members of stepfamilies. Given the prevalence, all practitioners are likely to encounter members of stepfamilies in their work. In this workshop, participants will be encouraged to consider the relevance of stepfamily status in their practice with clients – regardless of whether their work has been with adults or children, or from an individual or family-oriented approach. The workshop will highlight relevant development and structural characteristics of step-families, common dilemmas they face, as well as evidence-based practices for intervening with families and individual members.
Bio: Anne Jones, MSW, PhD is an associate clinical professor at the School of Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill where she teaches direct practice classes including Practice with Couples. Prior to this, she worked in clinical practice, for more than 20 years, with an emphasis on couple and family systems work. Dr. Jones’s current research agenda focuses on couple and family relationships, family formation, psycho-education and internet groups, and intervention research. She recently completed a five-year community intervention study aimed at strengthening couple relationships and parenting bonds among economically disadvantaged, unmarried, expectant couples in Durham, NC.