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Sunday, November 8 • 3:50pm - 5:20pm
Treating Parentified Children of Divorcing Parents

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Children whose parents are divorcing often take on adult responsibilities in order to maintain a semblance of their former family structure. Treatments tend to focus on allowing these children to continue developing at an age-appropriate rate, and alleviating the burden of adult responsibilities that has been placed upon them by a parent—or even by the children themselves. However, there are instances where the adults are unable to resume the responsibility of being a parent, and this prevents these children from giving up their internalized parental roles. This paper will explore the process through case studies and discussion, highlighting dynamic themes that include the loss of innocence, the nature of resilience, and the far-reaching impact of custody disputes on the emotional and mental health of children. Ways to integrate the arts for cross-modal attunement will be addressed.

Eligible for 1.5 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS

avatar for Kristin Long, RDT, BCT, LCAT, LP

Kristin Long, RDT, BCT, LCAT, LP

Kristin Long, RDT, BCT, LCAT, LP, has a full-time private practice in New York City, working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. As a graduate of the Institute for Expressive Analysis in 2010, she currently serves as Public Relations Chair. Kristin also teaches and... Read More →

Scott Palyo, MD

Scott Palyo, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and is the medical director at Safe Horizon Counseling Center, a clinic devoted to the treatment of victims of crimes. He also works at NYU Langone-Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. Scott is a clinical... Read More →

Sunday November 8, 2015 3:50pm - 5:20pm PST
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)