Family Dynamics

Stephanie Chapman

Intended Audience: OCFS Caseworkers

Credit: 3 HRS

This session defines and explores the issue of family dynamics as observed in child welfare casework. Specific definitions and dynamics of race, ethnicity, culture, and values within family systems are reviewed. Participants are challenged to consider their own family values as they pertain to issues of counter-transference and triangulation. Family Systems Theory and its implications for casework are discussed and concepts are put into practice. Participants will also have the opportunity to further understand and define characteristics of a healthy family system and those of a family experiencing stress