The Family

The family is the oldest and most powerful institute on the planet. There is nothing more sacred than a family. A family is where character is formed, ethics are created, values are learned and society is preserved. Our greatest joys and our greatest heartbreaks surround our family life.

Everything that happens in a society is determined by what happens in our families. Society is made up of people who have learned to experience the world, in a family first and afterwards bringing that learning out into society.

The one thing each one of us has in common is that we all were born into a family. That is your family for the rest of your life. There is only one way out of family, death!!

Yet it is so strange that we do not learn about family in our culture. Whether you are a mum, a dad, a grandparent, an aunt, an uncle, a niece, nephew, a foster parent, a foster child or an adopted child, you are still a part of a family.


In my workshop “The Family” I have developed new ideas and ways of understanding family life in 21st Century Ireland. It is a a two day or a weekend workshop which is broken into 3 parts. It is suitable for anybody living in a family, working with families or caring for families. It does not matter if you are a professional working with families or just want to live more effectively as a family member there is something for everybody in this programme.

The three sections are:

Section 1 – Understanding Families

  • Understanding families individuals and family life cycles
  • What is a family?
  • Individual and family development
  • Healthy and dysfunctional characteristics in families
  • Qualities of healthy families
  • Family as a system
  • Family life stress inducers
  • Coping strategies of families

Section 2 – Special Populations in Family

  • Understanding and working with single parent families
  • Types of single parent families
  • Dynamics underlying the formation of single parent families
  • Effects of divorce and death on children
  • Understanding and working with re-married families
  • Forming re-married families
  • Dynamics associated with re-married families
  • Making healthy adjustments in re-married families
  • Understanding and working with culturally diverse families
  • Approaches to working with culturally diverse families
  • What is culture?
  • Dynamics affecting Culturally Diverse Families

Section Three: Developing Parenting Skills and Approaches

  • Surviving your adolescents (Understanding and letting go of your 13 to 18 year olds)
  • Parenting from the inside out (How to teach the Rules to younger children)
  • Coping when the children have left the nest
  • Understanding and working with technology in families

The Family