Conference topic: Attachment and siblings
This year, we will once again focus on a particularly important topic in the field of early childhood development and the development of binding processes and their disorders - bonds and siblings.
A particular challenge in the treatment of early traumatised siblings arises in inpatient intensive psychotherapy.
Should these children of a family be treated individually, consecutively or even simultaneously in hospital? Should the necessary therapies be carried out by different therapists who have an exchange with each other within the framework of supervision? What is the effect of a possible obligation of silence imposed on children by the perpetrators if siblings of different ages are simultaneously being treated in hospital? Or is it absolutely necessary to treat siblings together at the same time, because they have supported and protected each other emotionally - as far as they could - in the need.
I would also like to give you an insight into the bonds between stepsiblings and stepparents: a potentially traumatic entanglement.
I would like to present possible dynamic entanglements between the family members involved as well as therapeutic interventions.
The role of stepmothers, for example, is often portrayed very negatively in fairy tales. Due to the increasing number of patchwork families, more and more children as well as parents are confronted with the dynamics of becoming a stepmother or a stepfather or having a step sibling as a child. This requires all participants to enter into new relationships with new family members who are not always voluntarily selected.