From Intake to Integration:  A  Clinical Framework for Stepfamily Therapy

Date:  May 6 - 7, 2017     Location:  University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

A powerful and compelling educational seminar for family therapists, clinical social workers,

family service practitioners, agencies, and organizations


This research-driven two-day intensive seminar provides vital education to family service practitioners regarding the highly complex — and often baffling — nature of the stepfamily therapy.  

  • Participants will examine key developmental themes and assumptions about stepfamilies, and why traditional approaches are not effective.
  • A clinical framework and techniques for engaging therapeutically with stepfamilies will be presented. 

Seminar Schedule - May 6, 2017

Foundations of Stepfamily Therapy

9:00  - Registration

9:15  -  Welcome

9:15 -  10:30 -  Foundations of StepfamilyTherapy

10:30 - 11:00 - Break

11:00 - 12:00 -  Foundations con't       

 12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch

1:00 - 1:45 - Stepfamily Myths & Realities

1:45 - 2:30 - Stepfamily Legal Issues

2:30 - 3:00 - Break

3:00 - 4:15 - Non-Tradition Clinical Approach 

    Ethics of Stepfamily Therapy

4:15 - 4:30  - Close


Seminar Schedule -  May 7, 2017

Clinical Framework for Stepfamily Therapy

9:00 -  9:15 - Welcome

9:15 - 10:30 -  Issues & Dynamics

10:30 - 11:00 - Break

11:00 - 12:00 - The Framework

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 - The Framework con't

2:30 - 3:00 - Break

3:00 - 4:30 -  Therapeutic Techniques & Tools

3:30 - 4:00  -  Practice, Policy, and Program Implications

4:00 - 4:30  - Close

The Stepfamily Maze

Understanding and Deconstructing the Stepfamily Maze

Therapists must be able to deconstruct the stepfamily unit in order to understand and identify problematic interactions, relationships, and transitions.

To the uninformed therapist, the stepfamily presents as a maze of contradictions, chaos, and conflict, all of which may leave the therapist overwhelmed with the multitude of issues presented. 

In contrast, the informed therapist is equipped with a systematic organized clinical approach to stepfamily therapy. 

Registration Fees and Cancellation Policy

Register Soon - Seats are limited

Early Bird Registration Fees $350.00  must be paid in full prior to April 14, 2017

Regular Registration Fees $400.00  must be paid in full prior to May 1, 2017


Click HERE to Register


Payment Options

You may pay through PayPal, Internet, cheque,or by providing your credit card information during registration.  

**We will not retain your credit card, transaction or authorization codes.**


Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be issues should the seminar be canceled by The Canadian Stepfamily Institute

Requests for refunds must be received by email prior to April 1, 2017.

All refunds will be subject to a $50.00 administration fee. 

There will be no refunds after April 15, 2017.


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University of Victoria - Accommodations & Maps

3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 4X2, Canada

The seminar is beeing held in the

Arbutus/Queensboro Conference Room in the Cadboro Commons bldg

A variety of reasonably priced accommodations are available at the University of Victoria

Click HERE for Accommodation Information

Click HERE for UVic Maps & Parking Information

Meet The Facilitators

Dianne Martin and Brenda Hooper:

  • Are stepmoms
  • Highly respected practitioners in their chosen fields of social work and family mediation,
  • Strong and informed advocates for stepfamilies.
  • Studied Under Dr. Lofas, PhD, LCSW, founder, Stepfamily Foundation, NYC NY, USA.
  • Have designed, developed and facilitated educational events for professionals, organizations, agencies, and stepfamilies.
  • Offer counselling, coaching, mediation and workshops for stepfamilies and single parents planning to re-partner
Dianne Martin

Dianne Martin, BSW, RSW, Certified Stepfamily Counsellor

Launched the Canadian Stepfamily Institute when research revealed that often family therapists and counsellors lacked the critical knowledge and skills essential for effective clinical work with stepfamilies. The primary objective of the Canadian Stepfamily Institute is to provide evidence-based educational programs for family practitioners, NPO, government and community organizations, and agencies. 

Prior this, she founded Dianne Martin & Associates where she designed and developed a powerful array of evidenced-based counselling and educational programs for stepfamilies.


Brenda Hooper

Brenda Hooper, C. Med, CFM, Conflict Expert, Certified Mediator & Masters Stepfamily Coach.

She has a private mediation practice in Vancouver BC. She provides a range of communication, mediation, and leadership training workshops for organizations, managers, and executives.

For the past 10 years, Brenda has mediated, coached and developed programs for stepfamilies. Her goal is to assist stepparents and their partners to understand the step-relationships and develop their communication and conflict management skills. 

Her “Stepfamily Struggles-Stepfamily Strategies” e-book has been the foundation building block for many stepfamilies wrestling with the question “Why is this so hard?”

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