Friday, November 10, 2017
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center
Second Floor Ballroom

Working with Clients in “Blended Family” Relationships: What Individual, Couple, Family Therapists Need to Know

With Patricia Papernow Ph.D.

CEs: 6
Cost: $125.00

42% percent of American adults become part of a “blended family.” The experience is all too often confusing, overwhelming, and dysregulating for all concerned. Dr. Papernow will help you to recognize and work with the five major challenges that stepfamilies create for intimate relationships. Whether your clients are couples, families, or individuals, and whether you work with adults or children, you will leave with evidence-informed strategies and practical guidelines for successfully meeting these challenges.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will be able to be able to describe some key ways that stepfamilies are different from first-time families.
  • Participants will be able to list some normal challenges stepfamily members face.
  • Participants will be able to describe some evidence-informed strategies for meeting those challenges.
  • Participants will be able to name the three levels of clinical intervention.

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About the Speaker

Patricia Papernow Ph.DDr. Patricia Papernow is an internationally recognized expert on stepfamilies. She integrates a deep understanding of the research with four decades of clinical practice and a wide variety of modalities and theoretical models. She has written two of the classic books in the field as well as numerous articles, book chapters, and guest blogs. She is known as a highly engaging teacher, an excellent speaker, and an attuned and caring clinician and supervisor. She recently received the award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology from APA’s Couple and Family Psychology Division. Dr. Papernow is a psychologist in private practice in Hudson, MA, and Director of the Institute for Stepfamily Education.


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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