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The Deliberate Dialogue: A method for facilitating effective conversation with a parent and child about potentially stressful topics

September 26, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

One of the main jobs of a family therapist is to help members of the family to talk to each other in a constructive way about stressful topics.  But many clients who have intense feelings, have had traumatic histories, or who have big problems in the family make this goal difficult. Therapists need a structured format, a “road map” for facilitating these tricky conversations.   For example:

In these situations, it is very helpful to use the deliberate dialogue to help children and parents talk about their troubles in a safe way. The deliberate dialogue is inspired by techniques from dyadic developmental psychotherapy  (DDP).

In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Use the Deliberate Dialogue to structure a productive conversation between child and parent
  • Guiding parents to stay accepting and empathic in the Deliberate Dialogue
  • Use the PACE (Playful Accepting Curious and Empathic) Attitude to discover what is truly bothering the child underneath
  • What to do with a child who says “I don’t know” or won’t use words to answer your questions
  • Find ways “talk about” and “talk for” a child to help deepen connection and understanding between parent and child.