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Social Work Practice with Parents of Estranged Adult Kids (Virtual)

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Social Work Practice with Parents of Estranged Adult Kids (Virtual)

April 14, 2023

Friday, April 14, 2023, 6:00am-9:00am (PT)

Hosted by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) New York State Chapter. Estrangement of parents by their adult children is an emerging phenomenon in North America and Western Europe. Many adult children are making the decision to sever or severely curtail communication with their aging parents. The available research suggests that about 12%, or one out of every eight parent-adult child relationships is estranged, meaning that there are at least five million estranged parents in the United States. Estranged parents generally exhibit trauma symptoms including depressed mood, elevated anxiety levels, exaggerated startle response, insomnia, poor concentration, unhealthy coping mechanisms, relational disruptions, medical issues, and crises of meaning. Unaddressed, parental trauma makes it extremely difficult for a parent to make healthy decisions relative to their estranged child. In some cases, daily functioning is impaired. Clinicians may frame this situation in some of the current general myths that have emerged about parental estrangement. This workshop addresses assessment, myths, contributing factors, impacts, implications for treatment, and the stages of estrangement. 


After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Assess for parental estrangement
  • Identify the myths of parental estrangement
  • Describe the factors that contribute to parental estrangement
  • Identify the emotional, physical, mental, social, financial, and spiritual impacts of parental estrangement
  • Identify the stages of estrangement and interventions appropriate to each stage


This workshop is approved for 3.0 CEUs.

Cost: $0-$75. Registration and more information here



April 14, 2023
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