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509 | Grandparents as Generational Reconcilers: Tools and Resources to Engage in Generational Family Relationships

Family Health, Stepfamilies, Millennials, and Generation Z, Friday 9/15 4:15 – 5:30 PM, Workshop Tracks


Ken Canfield, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Research has noted that with extended life expectancies, individuals will live as a grandparent during 32% of an adult’s life span. In addition, for approximately 13% of an adult’s life span, individuals will live as great-grandparents. Coupled with the unexpected number of grandchildren under the age of 18 (7.5 million) living full-time with their grandparent(s), the need for reconciling skills and understanding trauma-informed care is mushrooming. This workshop will outline the burgeoning field of grandparenting support and therapy for licensed professional counselors and ministry leaders since grandparents are emerging as generational reconcilers. Grandparents, including custodial grandparents, seek proven pathways to leave a positive legacy and provide the much-needed support for their grandchildren to thrive. Reviewing data collected from more than 1,000 grandparents and 800 grown adults who were highly influenced by their grandparents, this workshop will focus on proven and practical interventions to help grandparents flourish.

Learning Objectives

1. Explain the life course stages of grandparents with a tool to assess grandparenting types and behaviors
2. Summarize the top five trauma triggers for grandparents and how to resolve them
3. Identify the best resources to support grandparenting crises with practical strategies and interventions to increase hope
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