The Vibrant Family: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals

Author(s) : Kirsten Seidenfaden, Author(s) : Piet Draiby, Author(s) : Susanne Soborg Christensen, Author(s) : Vibeke Hejgaard, Editor : Mette-Marie Davidsen, Editor : Ros Draper

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The Vibrant Family: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals

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Family life! We tackle it head-on with great enthusiasm and lots of hopes and dreams that our family will be filled with love, closeness, well-being and development.

However, for many of us family life, parenthood, and our children develop in ways that we never anticipated and were looking forward to. Instead of creating a secure, confident, and vibrant family, all too many of us get helplessly caught up in daily quarrels. The result is that the children do not thrive and we have no clue what to do and how to move on.

The Vibrant Family offers completely new and surprising approaches to parenthood. This book is not about child rearing, setting limits, or a specific way of communicating with children. It is about the ways in which well-being in our relationship is crucial to a good family life with confident and balanced children.

The clear message of the book is that it is not the children who should change in order to get the family to function it is the parents. The book also offers practical and concrete tools to help you understand how you and your partner can learn to communicate and act in an accepting and close way, creating a climate in the family that encourages joy and growth.

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We are all familiar with situations, events or stages in our lives, where we do not quite feel that we have succeeded as parents or partners.

Parenthood is a unique opportunity not just to create a family, but also to create growth and development in our own lives, as well as in the lives of our children and with others with whom we are intimate.

The Vibrant Family is a manual based on the new paradigms that have inspired the authors in their professional and personal lives. They have an optimistic approach and would like to invite you and your partner to develop some of the aspects of ourselves which we believe are crucial to your child's development. Reading this book you will also be in the process of developing your own relationship in quite a unique way. One of the messages of this book is that we as parents must take responsibility for all the emotions in the family environment - including those that exist between us as a couple. All too often we forget that our children live and are shaped in the atmosphere we, the adults, create in the family! The authors describe ways in which we can act in more confident, meaningful ways that enhance development with the people who are closest to us.

Contents
- The Vibrant Family
- When Lovers Become Parents
- Attachment and Exploration in Focus
- The Brain - Our Invisible Greenhouse
- The Transformative Power of Storytelling
- Acknowledging Intimacy in Our Daily Lives
- The Acknowledging Dialogue
- The Acknowledging Dialogue for Parents
- The Acknowledging Dialogue with Children
- Acknowledging Relationships with Grandparents

About the Author(s)

Kirsten Seidenfaden (b. 1946) graduated in clinical psychology from the University of Copenhagen in 1976, has additional specialization in psychotherapy and supervision, and further training in systemic consultation and family therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and relational therapy for couples. In 1998, Kirsten founded the Danish Imago Institute and in 2004, the Centre for Relation Focused Therapy. For more than ten years, the centre has hosted courses for couples and parents, as well as further training in relational therapy for psychotherapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

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Piet Draiby (b. 1941) graduated as a medical doctor in 1972, and is a GP and supervisor with additional specialization in child and adolescent psychiatry. For some years, he was head of an Outpatient Clinic for adolescent psychiatry and presently is in private practice. He is trained in psycho-dynamic therapy, gestalt therapy, systemic family therapy, and therapy for children and couples.

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Susanne Søborg Christensen graduated in psychology from the University of Copenhagen in 1988, and then underwent further training in systemic consultation and family treatment, gestalt therapy, and couples therapy. A Certified Marte Meo therapist and supervisor, Susanne has trained Marte Meo therapists in Denmark since 1990. She is a private practitioner in psychology, and is associated with the Danish Imago Institute.

Vibeke Hejgaard qualified as a nurse in 1981 and as a visiting nurse in 1994. She now has twenty years of experience as a children's nurse and family counsellor. Since 2004, she has worked at the pregnancy/maternity ward at Copenhagen University Hospital, specializing in early relations between infants and parents as well as in vulnerable and exposed families. Now a postgraduate lecturer of nurses, she also runs a private practice in family counselling.

Mette-Marie Davidsen is a qualified nurse and journalist, and author of several books, among others Tiden med en Teenager, Aschehoug 2006.

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Ros Draper is a therapist, teacher and supervisor who has made major contributions to the development of family therapy in Britain over the last thirty years. When Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic, London and working at the Institute of Family Therapy, London, she developed her practice in both adult and child psychiatric settings. Ros was chair for the Institute of Family Therapy and Birkbeck College, University of London MSc in a Systemic Approach to Management, Coaching and Consultation, and currently has a private practice in Hampshire and London.

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