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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.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Fam­i­ly ther­a­py, rela­tion­ships, sex, inti­ma­cy, can­cer, young peo­ple and chil­dren, par­ents, com­mu­ni­cat­ing pain, com­mu­ni­cat­ing feel­ings, men­tal health and anxiety.


  • 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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