THE INFLUENCE OF BIRTH ORDER IN THE FAMILY

A free workshop open to the general public for anyone interested in learning more about how siblings (or the lack of) influence our decisions about how life is and how we approach life’s challenges.

Presented by: Patricia A. Walton-Donalies, M.Ed.

Saturday May 17, 2008
10 AM to 12 PM
Bethel Park Library
5100 West Library Road, Bethel Park, 15102

This workshop will explore the common personality traits of first born, second born, middle, youngest and only children and how being aware of these characteristics can help us understand ourselves and others and improve relationships within a family. Understanding how birth order influences our ideas about how life is and our ideas of how to approach life’s challenges can lead to a self awareness that can improve our relationships with fellow human beings. As human beings we all seek to find a sense of belonging and our family of origin is usually where we learn what that means to us as individuals and how we decide to use those ideas in our life tasks of work, love, friendship and spirituality. Long time Adlerian, Patricia Walton-Donalies, will help us explore these ideas and how to make use of them in our own lives and the lives of those we work with.

Objectives:

  1. To define the basic principles of Adler’s Individual Psychology.
  2. To understand the concept of Birth Order and the Family Constellation.
  3. To understand the personality traits common to particular birth order positions.
  4. To understand the influence of birth order on one’s approach to life’s challenges.

Presenter:
Patricia A. Walton-Donalies has a Master in Education degree in Guidance and Counseling and over 30 years experience working with children and their families. Pat is a licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia and was a Supervisory Probation officer in the District of Columbia before returning “home” to Pittsburgh. Pat has worked in Wraparound Programs in Allegheny County for the last 15 years and is presently a Behavior Specialist and Mobile Therapist for Glade Run Lutheran Services. Pat is especially well versed in effective behavior management techniques for addressing children’s misbehavior. As an Adlerian trained practitioner, Pat has shared her expertise with parents and professionals in Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and South Carolina. Pat is a member of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology and is a founding member and current president of the Western Pennsylvania Society of Adlerian Psychology.

About the Society:
The Western Pennsylvania Society for Adlerian Psychology promotes the educational theories and practical techniques of Dr. Alfred Adler, a leading theorist in the field of mental health and the founder of child guidance centers. His theory of Individual Psychology promotes a holistic approach for each individual and is based on a model of growth. His teachings are applicable to parent/child relationships and counseling for families.

Continuing Education Credits:
Two (2) hours of Continuing Education will be awarded. This program is co-sponsored by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP). NASAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for counselors. NASAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. NASAP is also approved to sponsor continuing education for ACT 48 for educators in the state of Pennsylvania. Application has been made to the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Social Work for continuing education. There is no fee for attendance. There is a nominal charge of $5.00 for CEs for non-members of WPSAP to cover administrative costs.

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