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Therapy to children in the context of divorce


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In 2002, a study of 2 500 children of divorced families who were observed for thirty years by Professor Mavis Hetherington of the University of Virginia revealed that the great majority showed very little long-term damage and, as adults, functioned well. However, of course, 25% of children did not do so well. Divorce can be the most devastating experience of a child’s life because it disrupts his/her developing sense of trust, security, and self, and understanding of fit into the family and other groups.

The one-day workshop will cover:

  • Orientation: possible effects of divorce on children; assisting parents to support their children in a helpful manner
  • Assisting children to identify and process emotions, whilst understanding a possible new identity
  • Identifying adjustment issues and addressing it through therapeutic techniques
  • Non-directive play therapy
  • Case study: Identifying the specific problems that a child is dealing with in the context of divorce and/or separation; developing a treatment plan

Who should attend?


DISCLAIMER: Presenters and attendees of all CPD activities must please note that the attainment of continuing education units (CEUs) does not licence any professional to practice outside their official scope of practice. CEUs are intended to broaden the knowledge of professionals but do not constitute professional training. Professionals should be registered with the HPCSA to perform any psychological act.