Helper Networks of the Present - Day of the German Society for Systemic Therapy, Counseling and Family Therapy (DGSF)
How do supporting family networks look like and how can professional helpers contribute to their development? Such questions are the focus of our conference. There is also a downside to striving for individualisation in a Western culture.
Family conflicts are declared a private matter, parents are ashamed to ask for support, young people threaten with consequences if parents decide not to remain alone any longer. The proverbial "whole village" can no longer be relied upon. Patchwork families on the one hand create new opportunities, but also unrest. Not least because of their workload, families are dependent on support. So it is no wonder that parents are often overwhelmed by the care and responsibility they are given for their children. At the conference, the three internationally experienced pioneers Eia Asen (London), Justine van Lawick (Haarlem) and Idan Amiel (Tel Aviv) will report on their work with multi-family groups and social networks, how they involve helper networks (teachers, therapists, youth welfare office) and/or how they win social networks of families (friends, relatives, patchwork members) in order to rebuild "a village" and strengthen the resilience of a community.
Justine van Lawick is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and trainer of the Dutch Association for Relationship and Family Therapy (NVRG), co-founder of Lorentzhuis Haarlem, the Netherlands.
Eia Asen is a child, adult and family psychiatrist and author of several standard works on multifamily therapy. Idan Amiel is head of the parent counselling centre at the children's hospital "Schneider Children's Medical Center" in Israel and one of the key persons for the development of the concepts of the New Authority.
location & access
airport Tegel (TXL)
airport Schönefeld (SXF)