Systemic Family Dynamics are patterns of interactions, roles and behaviors among members of a family that drive some later born members of that system to take over burdens, trauma, feelings, etc., from earlier born family members.
The basic pattern of a Systemic Dynamic is that unconsciously the attention of a family member is drawn to someone who was forgotten, excluded, or who suffered an injustice, or was a victim, or who died and no one grieved for him. The inner attention is than turned away from the living family members. Children may sense that the parent is not really there for them, and may then unconsciously take over the burden of this dynamic from the parent, so that the parent can become more present in the family and can have attention for the children. When children do this, the order in the family system is broken. In this way the burden can be passed on repeatedly from parent to child sometimes for as many as five generations. In the Basic Training you will learn approaches to restore order in such a family system.
There are many types of issues for which these systemic dynamics are now (partly) understood. Knowing these dynamics will help the facilitator to recognize what is going on in a family.
You will learn to understand the basic dynamics that may lie behind the following issues:
- suicidal tendencies
- eating disorders (bulimia and anorexia)
- difficult children
- interrupted reach out movement
- carrying anger
- double shift
- alcohol, drug abuse and other addictions
- domestic violence
- sexual abuse
- money issues
Looking at clients and families from a systemic perspective may fundamentally change your ideas about what drives people, about who has responsibility or who is to blame and about causes of psychological problems. Therefore, learning about Systemic Dynamics is often called learning the "Systemic View".