Family Matters

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Session Description: Dealing with birth family can be confusing and chaotic. These relationships often require special attention. Through role-playing scenarios and rich group discussion, one can begin to formulate strategies for building safe and healthy relationships with family members.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to use your own lived experience to brainstorm solutions for difficult family situations (Story of Self / Personal Narrative)
  • Understand that setting boundaries does not always mean disconnecting from loved ones - and might even help maintain connections (Attachment & Connectedness)
  • Identify challenges that could be encountered with family members, and pre-plan responses (Self Regulation)

Session outline:

  • 5m / Introduction & Overview
  • 5m / Real Story
  • 10m / Discussion: In the Mix
  • 35m / Activity: Scene It
  • 5m / Wrap-up

Slides: Included (optional - not required for presentation)

Reproducible handouts included:

  • Family Matters Scenarios
  • Family Matters Young Leader Quotes

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