AAMFT Presents: At Home Series


Listening to Teen Voices in Family Therapy

Thursday, May 24th 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST

“Teenagers are more at risk in fragmented and toxic society where family disintegration, single parenthood and absent fathers are becoming the norm. Unresolved parental and intergenerational conflicts and marginalization along with the deleterious impact of social media are damaging adolescents’ health development, resulting in a variety of symptoms and disorders” (Assisi Manifesto, 2023)

In this webinar, Maurizio Andolfi will outline the essential need to listen to youth voice in therapy without prejudice and labelling. Their voice, sometimes arrogant or bizarre, angry or provocative, are often a despaired cry for love and care.

By showing a video of a life family session from the Academia Multimedia Collection, Andolfi will illustrate how to build an alliance with a withdrawn teenager with the use of relational questions in presence of his mother and his maternal grandparents. The connection between the” lock door” of the child with other lock doors in the past will be outlines as well as the child’s need to “open doors” to reach out to his father to overcome his sense of loneliness.

Learning Objectives


  • Participants will learn how to use a multigenerational approach in dealing with families in need.
  • Participants will learn how to build a special alliance with the problem-child
  • Participants will learn how to use relational questioning to enter into family issues
  • Participants will learn how to reframe withdrawn behavior in relational competence
  • Participants will learn how to work with divorcees families and  how to engage family of origin in session

About the Speaker:

Prof. Maurizio Andolfi is a Child Psychiatrist and internationally renowned Master Family Therapist. He  was a fellow in Social and Community Psychiatry at  Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Visiting Professor at the  Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia and studied at al Nathan Ackerman Family Institute con Kitty LaPerrière; the Ackerman Institute for the Family ,al Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic con Salvador Minuchin e Jay Haley; the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic with Salvador Minuchin and Jay Haley and was associated with Carl Whitaker at the  Madison  University in Wisconsin.ma colui che più di tutti lo ha influenzato è stato Carl Whitaker con cui Maurizio Andolfi ha studiato ea cui è stato associato in diversi seminari internazionali negli ultimi 15 anni.

He has been Full Professor at the Dpt. of clinical Psychology, University La Sapienza ,Rome. He is the  Director of the International  Family Therapy Academy ( Italy) and The Perth Circle for the advancement of family therapy ( W.A). Editor  of  the Italian Journal Terapia Familiare and Andolfi has been Professor at the Dpt. of Clinical & Dynamic Psychology at La Sapienza-University of Rome. He is currently the director of the Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia and president of the Silvano Andolfi Foundation in Rome, as well as Editor-in-Chief of the Italian journal, Terapia Familiare. E' fondatore della European Family Therapy Association di cui è stato vicepresidente.. He is  a founder member of  EFTA and  E' inoltre direttore dell'Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia e presidente della Fondazione Silvano Andolfi.EarlieEwas awarded  for his special  contribution to family therapy by AAMFT  in 1999  and got a  Lifetime Achievement Award from AFTA In 2016. Dirige la rivista Terapia Familiare ed è autore, co-autore e curatore di numerosi saggi, fra i quali: La terapia con la famiglia (1977); Andolfi recently relocated to Australia where he got the title of Distinguish Talent from the Australian Government (2012) and  got an Award for his contribution in family therapy from the Australian  Association of family therapy in 2021. He is Honorary Member of the Asian Family Therapy Association and World social Psychiatry Association.

An Andolfi Family Therapy Centre has been opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He continues to teach all over  the world and published widely in English, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese and Chinese. Andolfi has been Professor at the Dpt. of Clinical & Dynamic Psychology at La Sapienza-University of Rome. He is currently the director of the Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia.


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