This workshop will briefly review the three major challenges of working with symptomatic children trapped in high conflict marriages: (1) martial impasses are embedded in a pattern of avoidance and abdication, (2) negative perceptions cement gridlock, and (3) block the dysfunctional pattern while helping parents respond with leadership and connection. A videotape of one year of family therapy with a thirteen-year-old adolescent with a co-occurring disorder and his family illustrates the approach.
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