Family Bridges : A Workshop For Troubled And Alienated Parent Child Relationships

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Family Bridges: A Workshop for Troubled and Alienated Parent-Child Relationships Randy Rand, Deidre Rand, and Richard Warshak developed the Family Bridges program (Warkshak, 2010). “The Family Bridges workshop has helped families with alienated children throughout the U.S. and other countries for the past 23 years” (Family Bridges: A Workshop for Troubled and Alienated Parent-Child Relationships, 2004-2013). The program was created for participation by the rejected parent and the child. It is a four-day residential, educational and experiential program. Participation in the intervention occurs when the court has made an interim or permanent award of custody to the rejected parent, and has referred the parent and child(ren)to Family…show more content…
Warshak (2010) reports the program is based on social psychological principles (e.g., common errors in perception, suggestibility, response to authority, negative stereotype formation) and teaches critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, and parenting skills. Warshak (2010) does not make specific references to theoretical models that inform the practice however, in the Family Bridges literature, Dr. Joan Kelly, a leading authority on divorce, wrote: “In the overall development of Family Bridges, its goals and principles, and particularly the varied and relevant materials selected for use with parents and children, the incorporation of relevant social science research was evident. Further, the daily structure and manner of presentation of the Family Bridges Workshop were guided by well-established evidence-based instruction principles and incorporated multi-media learning, a positive learning environment, focused lessons addressing relevant concepts, and learning materials providing assistance with integration of materials. The most striking feature of the Family Bridges Workshop was the empirical research foundation underlying the specific content of the four day educational program. The lessons and materials were drawn from universally accepted research in social, cognitive, and child developmental psychology, sociology, and social neuroscience” (Joan B. Kelly as cited by Richard A. Warshak Family Bridges: A Workshop for

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