Making Healthy Families:
on-line seminar in
Promoting Healthy Family Relationships
created by Gayle
Excerpts from Making
Purpose of Family: to provide a container to effectively
nurture the growth and development of each of its members throughout
the life cycle.
Cultural variations and values abound, yet the elements
for healthy development in all families, whatever their makeup revolves
around the balance between individuality and a sense of belonging.
The vision for carrying out the purpose of “family” is
ever-changing with the needs of its growing members.
Family researchers have identified two key factors
in family health. The quality of our family relationships
and healthy family processes are crucial to balancing
our needs for both freedom and dependency, in order to create an atmosphere
that supports development, rather than hinders it.
Our family’s “atmosphere” is our
garden, and greatly influences our personal growth and happiness.
Yet, most of us create our family patterns unconsciously. This leaves
us vulnerable to repeating the good and bad experiences of childhood
with little discrimination.
This family seminar puts leading edge research at
your fingertips! Utilizing the information and exercises provided,
you can create the kind of family you want to have. The goal is to
increase both the quality of your family relationships and to identify
and engage in family processes that promote healthy relationships.
What you will learn:
OUR FAMILY BLUEPRINTS Where do we come from?
for first article:
Developing Your Family
your family style and patterns of connection
is your family atmosphere?
Tip sheet: Five
Dimensions of Family Health
You will explore the family styles learned in childhood
and their impact on family relationship and processes in your present
nuclear family. A tip sheet on the “Five Dimensions of Family
Health” will guide you towards envisioning the elements that
promote healthy relationships in your family. The worksheet will help
you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your nuclear family on
each of these dimensions.
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
What is the health of your family?
Healthy Family Relationships
characteristics that promote healthy family relationships
Tip sheet: Seven
Characteristics that promote healthy families
The reading and exercises will guide you towards
developing the kind of family relationships you want.
FAMILY PROCESSES THAT PROMOTE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
Having a Family Meeting:
purpose, goals and guidelines
Tip sheets: Ten
processes for Promoting Healthy Family Relationships
The reading will guide you in having your own family
meeting to gather information and feedback from all family members,
if your children are 5 years of age or older. (You may adapt this
to younger children, if you wish, but in shortened form). Or you may
develop your awareness of family process with a meeting with your
spouse or through journaling your own vision of the kind of family
you want to create.
You will explore and identify what you like and want
more of in your family experience, what you want to lessen or eliminate
and what changes or developments you would like to see happen in your
family in the future. The main purpose of the family meeting will
be to “seed” your family with the processes that promote
healthy family relationships.
Enjoy your experience in MAKING
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