Foster Child - RonaldMah

Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist,
Consultant/Trainer/Author
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Foster Child in the Family System-"When All Hell Breaks Loose"


FORMAT:
Lecture and Discussion- Participants are encouraged to make the workshop more relevant to their concerns by asking questions.

DESCRIPTION:
Focus is on creating practical understanding of the biological child's and family's emotional and psychological needs when a foster child is introduced to into the family system. Theories of diagnosis, family systems, cognitive development, and moral development are combined to create understanding and to lead to practical strategies resolving the potential disruptions of becoming a foster family.

SUMMARY OF CONTENT:
1) Understanding the Behavior of Children -
  • Both Foster and Biological Children
  • A Diagnostic Order for Evaluating Behavior
  • Social Referencing

2) Introducing the Foster Child into the Biological Family Systems: Effects
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Characteristics of Functional & Dysfunctional Family Systems

3) Rescuing the Family System - Becoming the Identified Patient
  • Scapegoating or Sacrificing the Child
  • Rescuing the System- Self-Sacrifice by a Child
  • The Foster Child as the Old Identified Patient and as the New Identified Patient

4) Effects on Individual Members in the Family System: The Parents

5) Effects on Individual Members in the Family System: The Children
  • Family System Disruption for the Children
  • Differential Developmental Effects on Children of Foster Siblings

6) Moral Commitment by Developmentally Different Children to Foster Care   
ADDRESS:
433 Estudillo Ave., #305
San Leandro, CA 94577-4915
Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT32136
CONTACT INFORMATION:
phone: (510) 614-5641
fax: (510) 889-6553
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