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Stepfamily Presentations

Each community agency deals with stepfamily issues:

Educational institutions ask - How many parents do we have at a parent conference? Who pays for college?

Medical institutions ask - Who's considered the 'parent' in authorizing emergency medical procedures?

Religious institutions ask - Can a wedding or a Bar/Bat Mitzvah be more complicated?

Unless people have lived in a stepfamily they do not know how powerfully things can move, explode and resolve in the first years together. Each life-cycle event brings new questions. Stepfamilies need to see that they are in a situational crisis which can resolve with time and learning. Often they feel it as a personal crisis because they bring old notions to this new family which get in the way of creating a safe and comfortable new family.

If the professionals have taken the time to understand the critical issues and restructuring process (or have, themselves, lived in a stepfamily) there can be a powerful potential to help everyone find the connections and the space within this complex family form. The stepfamily can be an unexpectedly comfortable new family.

Call or e-mail for more information on presentations about:

  • Stepfamily issues
  • Single parent issues
  • Family alcoholism
  • Adult children of alcoholics
  • Adult children of divorce
  • School goodbyes
  • Supervision

Over the year Judy Osborne has presented to the following groups:

  • Boston Center for Adult Education
  • Boston College Counseling Services
  • Boston College School of Social Work
  • Boston Institute for Psychotherapy
  • Boston University School of Nursing
  • Boston University School of Social Work
  • Boundaries Therapy Center
  • Brookline Adult and Community Education Program
  • Brookline Mental Health Center
  • Brookline Public Schools
  • The Cambridge Center for Adult Education
  • Catholic Charities Annual Training in Family Development
  • The Children's Museum, Families First Seminars
  • C.O.P. E. (Coping with the Overall Pregnancy Experience)
  • Digital Equipment Corporation's EAP Program Seminar Series
  • The Exodus Center Conference on Lesbian Mothers and Gay Fathers
  • Framingham Public Schools
  • Harvard Business School
  • Harvard University Office for Work and Family
  • Harvard Medical Area Office for Parenting
  • Hill House
  • Interface Foundation
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Social Work Grand Rounds
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Parenting
  • Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
  • Mid-Life Conference for Women
  • Natick Public Schools
  • National Association for the Study of Young Children, Albany and Boston Chapters
  • Newton-Wellesley Multi-Service Center
  • Newton Adult Education Program
  • Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Collegial Seminars and Annual Conferences
  • North Shore Community Mental Health Center
  • The Paulist Center - Divorced Catholics Group
  • The Protestant Social Service Bureau
  • Reading Adult Education Program
  • The Parent Connection
  • Simmons School of Social Work Annual Conference
  • Society for Family Therapy and Research
  • South Shore Coalition of Independent Therapists
  • US Air Force Family Support Center/Hanscom AFB
  • US Environmental Protection Agency's Lunchtime Seminars
  • Western New England College
 
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