This way of viewing families is based on the work of Hungarian-American Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy and the book he wrote with Barbara Krasner titled ‘Between Give and Take’. I encountered this work thanks to the workshops offered by Dutch psychologist, Dr Ard Nieuwenbroek during his annual stays in our city. I then converted my understanding of this material into a series of afternoon group training sessions themed as follows:
- Becoming and Belonging
- Loyalty and Legacy
- Acknowledgement and Entitlement
- Truth and Justice
- Dialogue and Direct Address
- Un-blaming and Forgiveness
I find this approach to be enormously useful not only when working with families but in all spheres of life.