Workshop 4/4 | Sibling Relationships with the Family of Origin | 4 weekend afternoons in June 2024
“The family is the first society that a child encounters, and relating to other members of the family is the initial political life. Family loyalty is the basis for learning how to interact with other people generally.” (Confucian maxim)
In this workshop we will uncover the profound effect our siblings have on our lives and consider how we, as relatives, want to help promote healthy sibling dynamics. Our siblings are the people who witness our growth and development into adults and will probably know us for longer than anyone else in our lifetime. The way we relate to them produces a pattern for the way we relate to people outside the family.
We are incubated in the same womb as our full siblings, we have the DNA of both our parents yet we are different, we are similar, but unique. We love each other we expect to be able to trust each other, we look out for each other, we share the joys, sorrows and responsibilities of family life together…and we are rivalrous, jealous, and envy each other’s position in the family.
In composite families the dynamic is often reconfigured as we make room for other sisters and brothers. Only children discover their “siblings” through their friendship networks. Sibling relationships provide the possibility of exploring how we want to relate to the world and influence the way we want to nurture our own children. They allow us to explore the archetypes, while the relationships change during the maturation process into adulthood.
Sometimes we are bewildered by our children’s, our own or our parent’s behaviour and sometimes we are overwhelmed by how proud or mystified we are by what they do and how we interact with each other.
In 2024 we are running a series of four workshops around this theme, each workshop building on itself. In order to make it easy for parents, as well as non-parents, to attend, each themed workshop will comprise of four x two and a half hour sessions over two consecutive weekends which amount to 10 hours per workshop. Subsequent workshops will be the same structure and spread out over the year. You are welcome to attend one or more workshops (and there is a discount for signing up for more.)
All these workshops are for people who are interested in understanding more about how, in the light of our individuality and the influences upon us, we nurture, care for, guide and admonish our children. We will pay particular attention to the impact of inter-generational dynamics. We will look at how we encourage our children to meet developmental, social and educational milestones as well as our own experiences of these influences..
The workshops will be playful and reflective. We will make timelines, family trees and refer to fragments from our own biographies. We will keep a journal, work in pairs and small groups and integrate play and art as well as conversation.
Please note: You needn’t be an art therapist or a parent to attend these workshops – enrolment is open to all. If you were a child at one point in your life, or have children in your life, these zoom workshops are for you!
We welcome people from different countries and cultures to enrich our discussions and share our understanding.
Nevo Amit is a registered Art Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Parent/Child Advisor. He is a member of the UK Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); specialising in Psychosynthesis.
Nevo was formerly the Director of Hibernia Art Therapy training UK and clinical lead for the Novalis Trust: working with children with complex learning and emotional needs. He currently works with children and parents in Tel Aviv and is a pastoral care advisor to teachers in Waldorf schools. He is a visiting lecturer on various international Art Therapy trainings and initiatives and has presented at the Goetheanum, Switzerland.
Marion Green is an Art Psychotherapist and clinical supervisor registered with the UK Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), Member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and Certified Trauma Therapist (Intensive Trauma Therapy (ITT) WV USA). A former social worker, Marion specialised in child protection, school based social work and adoption. She has worked with people in the penal system, psychiatric care, traumatised adolescents, the chronically sick and dying, homeless women and with women in the sex industry. She is currently working with primary aged children and their parents.
Marion is a visiting lecturer to several trainings and has been a regular seminar leader at the annual International Anthroposophical Art Therapy conference at the Goetheanum, Switzerland. She teaches internationally and has co-authored a chapter in the book Art Therapy with Neurological Conditions.
Jan 20/21 & 27/28 | Workshop 1: Expectations of Being a Child
April 6/7 & 13/14 | Workshop 2: Boundaries, Barriers and Discipline
June 15/16 & 22/23 | Workshop 3: The Effect of Parental Guilt and the Legacy of Family Secrets on Family Dynamics
Early Autumn 2024 | Workshop 4: Sibling Relationships within the Family of Origin and their impact beyond the family
Interested participants may enrol on one, or more of these weekend workshops in sequence, or randomly (i.e. first and fourth, second only etc.)
15% discount for booking more than one weekend workshop
Terms and Conditions:
- No refunds possible, unless we let you know an event is cancelled.
- In the event of an in-person event being cancelled, we are only able to refund the cost of the workshop fee paid, and are unable to cover any other associated costs incurred (eg. for travel or accommodation.)
- DISCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN ONE WORKSHOP IN SERIES:
If you would like to enrol on any other of the Child in Me workshop series, we are happy to apply a 15% discount. If you have misplaced the discount code, please contact email@example.com to request it for use on future workshops in the series “My Child and the Child in Me” series.