Experiences of therapeutic work of the Family Therapy Team of the Specialist Psychological and Pedagogical Counselling Center „Krakowski Ośrodek Terapii” with families in peri-divorce crisis. Psychoeducation and Psychotherapeutic Program „Boat on the waves”.
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Specjalistyczna Poradnia Psychologiczno-Pedagogiczna „Krakowski Ośrodek Terapii”
Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Wydział Filozofii, Instytut Psychologii
Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. KEN w Krakowie, Instytut Psychologii
Submission date: 2022-07-19
Acceptance date: 2022-08-25
Publication date: 2022-11-29
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Dominika Sznajder   

Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. KEN w Krakowie
Psychoter 2022;201(2):17-31
The aim of this article is to present an original model of therapeutic work with families in the situation of a breakup crisis. The model was created in response to the needs of families that were consulted in the Specialist Psychological and Pedagogical Counseling Center “Krakowski Ośrodek Terapii”. Some of them were referred by a court and some came on their own in the situation of family crisis related to parents’ separation or breakup. Psychoeducational and Psychotherapeutic Programme “Boat on the waves” comprises both educational and therapeutical aspects. It is directed to adults - parents but topics discussed during the lectures include issues related to experiencing the breakup both by parents and children. The program is carried out cyclically and it consists of a few stages – a diagnostic stage (individual consultation with each of the parents), a psychoeducational stage (four team meetings with lectures concerning psychological situation of a divorcing family) and a therapeutic stage (therapeutic, family meetings run alternately- separately for mother and children and father with children).When partners gain the knowledge about their ways of functioning and experiencing separation and about differences in coping with the crisis on the psychoeducational stage, the conflict might be eased and it might be easier for them to benefit from the therapeutical help. The possibility to continue family therapy allows partners to broaden their perspectives and it becomes a safe method of working with relations in a new family system.
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