May 23, 2017
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
|Ron Deal, M.MFT.|
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Ron Deal, M.MFT., is president of Smart Stepfamilies, director of blended family ministries for FamilyLife, and a popular conference speaker on marriage and family matters. He has more than 25 years of professional counseling experience. Ron is the author/coauthor of five books and DVDs for stepfamilies, including The Smart Stepfamily, The Remarriage Checkup, and Dating and the Single Parent. He is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center.
How do you help blended families blend? To be honest, most blended families do not blend well at all—and that creates problems for everyone. Learn what prevents stepfamilies from bonding and blending and a model for encouraging their integration process. During the second half of the presentation, Ron will discuss smart stepparenting in the blended family. Stepparents often feel confused about their roles and powerless while the stepparent-stepchild relationship faces many bonding challenges. Learn an in-depth model for understanding how bonding works best and how to strengthen the parental unit so stepfamilies can thrive. Both ministry and clinical insights will be shared.
- Identify and combat the barriers to effectively blending a blended family
- Determine the roles of a stepparent and how those roles translate into the parent-child dynamic
- Evaluate ways to help stepfamilies become healthy and happy