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Family Systems Therapy: Brief and Effective Solutions for Kids and Teens

  • 22 Mar 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • LLU Behavioral Health Institute 1686 Barton Road, Redlands, CA 92373


  • Anyone who is not a member of IE-CAMFT
  • Member of Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT

Family Systems Therapy:  Brief and Effective Solutions for Kids and Teens

Marilyn Wedge, Ph. D.

Not every childhood or adolescent problem is biological, and not every cure is a drug! In this presentation, you will learn the top ten reasons why kids have problems and the top 20 strategies to help kids resolve inattentiveness, depression, behavioral problems, anxiety, and many other challenges. If you were intrigued by family systems therapy in your graduate program and would like to have further practical training in this brief and effective technique, this presentation is for you. Family therapy does not mean that the entire family has to be present at every session. The talk will address the question of who should be present at the sessions and how to structure them.


1. List the top ten reasons that children have problems.

2. List the top 20 strategies for helping troubled children and teens.

3. Learn how to elicit the family system problem from a child or teenager.

4. Learn how to approach individual psychological problems from a family systems point of view.


Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D., is the author of the acclaimed recent book, Pills are not for Preschoolers: A Drug-Free Approach for Troubled Kids and is an entertaining and popular speaker at national and international conferences including three CAMFT annual conferences and several Milton Erickson foundation conferences. A family therapist with more than twenty years of experience, Dr. Wedge is the creator of "strategic child-focused family therapy," a new method for resolving childhood problems by utilizing the power of the family to heal itself. Dr. Wedge's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Natural Health, People, L. A. Parent, Psychology Today and The Huffington Post.

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