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Airing Pain 19: Family Therapy

How pain affects family members and how family therapy can help

This programme was funded by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Awards for All (Scotland).

Pain can sometimes seem like an ‘uninvited guest’ or ‘intruder’ into family life. In this programme we look at the strain pain places on all personal relationships and how family therapy can help. Clinical psychologist Dr Elaine McWilliams talks about the impact of pain on the sexual and intimate side of a relationship, and she and family therapist Jan Parker also explain the effects of pain on the parent-child relationship. Psychiatrist Dr John Rolland explains how a ‘resilience approach’ can help families to move forward together.

Contributors:

  • Dr John Rolland, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Chicago and Co-Director, Chicago Centre for Family Health
  • Jan Parker, Association for Family Therapy
  • Dr Elaine McWilliams, Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

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