Welcome to the Institute of Step-Family Dynamics

We’re a resource for people who are part of a step-family or work with step-families, and those who are both!

There are some very important differences between how step-families function and the dynamics involved and how ‘first families’ work. Far too often people in step-families are given advice that might work very well if the advice was for a ‘first family’, but for a step-family that advice can leave them feeling like failures and sometimes make things even worse.

For professionals, like teachers, counselors, health professionals, and even legal professionals, there isn’t a lot of training in how to deal specifically with the step-family dynamic. School systems often aren’t set up to deal with children having multiple homes. Professionals aren’t trained in how to deal
with high conflict situations, or how to recognize when there is attempted parental alienation atplay.

Here at the Institute we are experts in Step-Family Dynamics. It’s what we do, it’s what we know, and we are passionate about sharing that expertise with people.


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Upcoming courses

Better Boundary Setting Course

Setting boundaries is something far easier said than done! It’s all fun and games until someone we care about doesn’t like a boundary we set, or anyone chooses to ignore the boundary we so carefully crafted. Badass Boundary Setting will help you define what really matters, and how to make that happen.

You’ll learn how to manage other people’s expectations and avoid falling into a pit of resentment and unmet needs. There are six modules guiding you through the process of defining and refining your boundaries.

Learning how to articulate these boundaries in ways that people can hear, deal with disappointment and upset from those who want things to stay the same, and most importantly – how to hold the boundaries and make sure they are honored.

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