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033 | Marriage and Family: Dealing with Difficult Relationships at Home

Preconference Workshops


Sharon May, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Our clients long for home to be a safe haven where they feel known, loved, and connected. Yet, marriage and family relationships are complicated and messy, often making living at home a struggle and strain on an individual’s mental health. The stresses from difficult relationships with adult children, adult children’s spouses, parents, or in-laws can strain an already difficult marriage. In this workshop, licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders will learn how to identify and engage with the unique struggles of difficult marriage and family relationships from the basis of attachment theory so clients can love well and flourish. 

Learning Objectives

Describe difficult relationships through the lens of attachment theory and discern the impact of marriage and family relationships on development and emotional well-being
Identify the unique aspects of a difficult relationship, whether with a spouse, adult children and their spouses, or in-laws, and ways to manage its negative impact 
Outline the key steps and interventions to effectively bring about healing and change in difficult marriage and family relationships