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ACCADEMIA DI PSICOTERAPIA DELLA FAMIGLIA
FONDAZIONE SILVANO ANDOLFI
PRACTICUM IN ROME
with MAURIZIO ANDOLFI & LORENA CAVALIERI
HOW TO GIVE VOICE
TO MARGINALIZED AND IMMIGRANT FAMILIES
A systemic-multicultural approach
July 1 / 5 – 2019
Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia
Via Antonio Bosio 34 – Rome
In the western world, Mental Health Institutions and systemic therapists often don’t pay attention to issues of cultural diversity and social marginality in their interventions with immigrant and refugee families.
In this Practicum, Maurizio Andolfi & Lorena Cavalieri will show how to use a systemic- multicultural lens to address the problems of marginalised immigrants and refugee families and to deal with their traumatic experiences. Several issues will be explored such as family cut-off, grief and loss, lack of self-esteem and self-confidence, ambiva- lence between belonging to another culture and the integration/assimilation into the new dominant host culture, social conflicts and discrimination.
Based on many treasured years of clinical work with refugee & immigrant families at the Silvano Andolfi’s Foundation in Rome and our own professional experience with families all over the world, we will introduce course participants to our multigeneratio- nal therapeutic modality.
During the week long course, we will show how to explore family history by using the genogram and the map of the world as special tools and how to empower families as soon as possible, avoiding the costumary risk of the “expert taking over”. We will illustrate how to look at children’s and adolescents symptoms as signals of intergene- rational family and social conflicts and how to listen to their voice and understand their non verbal body language. We will also demonstrate how productive it is to engage children in therapy as relational bridges in the dialogue/crash between generations. We will expound how to look at family beliefs, traditions and religious practices as special resources and how to create therapeutic rituals as a healing experience. The search for social and community support for marginalised families will also be explored.
Prof. Maurizio Andolfi
M.D. Child psychiatrist and Master Family Therapist.
Director of the Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia, Co-Founder of the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA), Recipient of the AAMFT Award for Significant Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy and the AFTA Award for Life Achievement.
Dr. Lorena Cavalieri
Clinical Psychologist and family therapist.
Director of the Silvano Andolfi Foundation in Rome, where she is responsable for the training of Cultural Mediators and the Clinical Service for immigrants and refugee families. She is well known internationally for her studies and researches on immigrants and refugee people.