Date: Friday 17th June 2022
Time: 9.30am – 3.30am
PD Points: 6

This is a live training event delivered via Zoom

This is a one-day course designed to give new and experienced Therapists the confidence to work with families who are in high conflict and are dealing with relationship cut offs and estrangements. You will be given a practical “how to” guide by Jacqueline McDiarmid who specialises in these presentations.

The course is equally applicable to Therapists who work with individuals affected by a family conflict and estrangements, and Therapists who work with two or more members of an estranged family. 

Adult family conflict is loaded and dangerous. It threatens the most important relationships in people’s lives.  And adult estrangements are on the increase.  More and more adult families are looking for help to repair a cut-off or estrangement.  Often these clients are elderly parents who have lost contact with children and grandchildren.  Other times it’s adult siblings who have long standing disputes or who have made allegations against the other.  A loss of contact between parents and children or siblings is profoundly painful.  

These are among the most complex and challenging presentations for a Therapist to work with. And an unskilled Therapist can actually make the cut-off or estrangement worse by ill-timed interventions.  And find themselves either feeling very pressured by the family or hopeless about the work.

To effectively manage family conflict with clients the Therapist needs confidence and intellectual clarity. The Therapist also needs to know how to work with estrangement, how to map out sessions to keep the work progressing, manage family anxiety and to contain the emotion and conflict in the room.  

Jacqueline McDiarmid’s practical one-day course is designed to help you with all of the above.

Course material will draw on Jacqueline’s extensive experience with serious family conflict and estrangements. She’ll not only give you ideas and practical tips to do this work, but a structure for working with these presentations.  You will know what to do and what not to do.

Learning will be by group discussion and case presentation. This is very much a ‘how-to’ course.

This seminar is suitable for Counsellors, Therapists and Social Workers who currently work with individuals and/or families either in an agency or in private practice. Inexperienced Therapists who are considering this type of work will benefit from understanding what this work might entail.


  • You will learn systemic ideas as applied to working with adult families.
  • You will learn how to engage a highly stressed and volatile family.
  • You will learn how to set up boundaries that guard against splitting and triangulation. 
  • You will learn how to set up sessions between people who are estranged.
  • You will learn a step-by-step process to repair cut-offs and estrangements.
  • You will learn how to keep the sessions balanced and manage conflict.
  • You will learn how to manage communication between sessions.
  • You will be given strategies to manage conflict and challenging personality types.
  • You will learn when it is appropriate to separate family members to do the work and when it is appropriate to do the work as a group.
  • You will learn how to manage a situation where repair of a family relationship is not in the best interest of the family or the individual you are working with.
  • You will feel more confident approaching adult family work both with individuals and group family sessions.

Jacqueline will share her extensive knowledge, clinical experience and practical approaches and methods throughout the day.

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Normally priced at $290+GST

Earlybird price (Ends 2nd June 2022) $220+GST