Family Constellations (FCs)

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Blog/Podcast

Stop doing harmful or useful variants of the
method

Methodological Basis

My [MB] main influences

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The way I practice and teach family constellations is based on training by Dr. med. Charlotte Baltrusch, who herself has originally learned elements of the technique from Bert Hellinger. However, Dr. Baltrusch has developed the Techniques further and combines it with stabilization and processing Techniques from her own repertoire. I do the same within the limits of my own skillset.

Dr. med. Charlotte Baltrusch

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Bert Hellinger

General Points

With proper technique, FCs are very deep
and will trigger significant processing.

The effectiveness of the method largely
depends on the technique used and the
skillset of the practitioner.

Evidence Levels

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Context

Most points listed here are discussed in this
Podcast I suggest you listen to.

Always embed in a larger therapeutic
context.

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With proper technique, FCs are very deep and will trigger significant processing. This implicates that there needs to be infrastructure in place for clients to get the emotional stabilization they need after the FC session. Therefore, FCs should always be embedded in a larger therapeutic context - rather than standing alone as single intervention.

If you decide that you want to "just" offer
family constellations as a service because
you feel like specializing on it, may I
suggest you observe the following
structure:

This structure - or something similar -
should be part of the design/setup, i.e.
obligatory. Clients (and some practitioners
alike) need to be educated that a FC needs
context!

Do pre-screening 1-on-1 sessions with
each participant.

At least one - more if needed. You have to
know who you are dealing with in the FC
regarding:

Individual emotional resources

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To be able to stabilize and catalyze processing if it becomes necessary.

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Triggers

Include at least one of the 1-on-1 sessions
in the price of the FC as it is an integral part
and should not be seen as separate.

Do the actual FC Session

Perform 1-on-1 or at least group
follow-ups.

A good FC session will trigger significant
processing. Hence there needs to be
infrastructure in place for clients to get the
emotional stabilization they need after the
FC session.

The Method

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