training and consulting - path in the woods - family recovery institute

  • Helps Clinical Teams do their best work
  • Builds Family Programs
  • Trains Clinicians in the proven SIIC model
Several thousand professionals have been introduced to the model in lectures, trainings and small group workshops. The Institute’s training programs take to the next level many of the concepts and themes introduced over the past 30 years by authors such as John Bradshaw, Claudia Black, Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse, Elizabeth Walant, and Donald Winnicott. With the development and introduction of the Stress-Induced Impaired Coping model Dr. Perlmutter adds a new level of understanding and insight, as described by Joseph Tinervin Executive Director of Bayside Marin and other Acadia Health Treatment Centers. His “work is original and heartfelt,” Mr. Tinervin added.

Clinicians working on the firing line with wounded client families learn how to apply the SIIC model in their work, make use of counter-transference reactions rather than be held prisoner by them, and form supportive, dedicated and clearly differentiated multi-disciplinary teams.

Institute trainings explore the pervasive and insidious environmental forces that characterize wounded families. We begin with an understanding that wounded families suffer from legacies of loss from which the system and its members have never fully recovered. These losses can be from personal tragedies (a grandparents’ suicide, a mother’s bipolar rages or alcoholism), system events (loss of a fortune, multiple unexpected deaths), or socio-cultural events (slavery, holocaust, dictatorships, coups, displaced people, pressured immigration). Equally as powerful are family histories containing high levels of ambient anxiety, rigidity/control, perfection seeking, and moralistic or hyper-religious rule-making.

A core tenet Dr Perlmutter espouses in Dissolving Fear: “We will repeat the family’s practices of impaired coping if we do not recognize our woundedness and its associated fear. Once we do, we can generate a systemic shift toward wellness.”

Institute-trained clinicians develop the skills to incorporate family systems therapy, systemic family assessment and the Stress-Induced Impaired Coping (SIIC) model throughout their clinical work.

In turn, they report being able to:

  • Engage the most complex and challenging clients and their wounded family members
  • Improve clinical outcomes by involving family throughout the treatment process
  • Examine and interrupt inter-generational distress and its epigenetic transmission
  • Evaluate, diagnose, and treat wounded family systems
  • Measure family system change and healing
  • Redirect disabling counter-transference responses with difficult family members
  • Deepen team cohesion and shared sense of commitment

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