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Setting Boundaries with Love, Patience, and Understanding During Transition and Beyond

  • Friday, May 26, 2023
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom
  • 89


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Children value and appreciate structure and when we move they need it more than usual. Unfortunately, during transition is the time when most parents let go of all structure. Sometimes the intention is well meaning. Parents want to be flexible and understanding when everything’s up on the air. We know it can be difficult to find the balance between setting boundaries and being flexible as things change! In this talk, therapists from Active and Connected Family Therapy, will offer some tips and ideas for keeping structure, even when it’s tempting to just let it go.

Learning Objectives:

     Learn ideas for creating routines that can easily go with you, even during PCS.

     Learn where you can create flexibility - even for the less “negotiable” things like bath time, bedtime, and meals.

     Get ideas for how to get back on track when routines get lost.

About the Presenter:

This session will be presented by Jodi Harris, LCSW and Pat Ryan, LCSW. Both Jodi and Pat are Foreign Service spouses. Read more about them below.

Patrick Ryan, LCSW

Pat is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. He oversees operations for Active and Connected Family Therapy and is the Director of the Falls Church office. He has over 15 years experience leading mental health organizations and helping teens, young adults, men, and their families lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Pat specializes in working with clients struggling with anger, anxiety, depression, school or work stress, and/or social skills. He also helps families including those living the expatriate lifestyle develop the necessary resilience and structures to manage transitions and challenges. Pat helps families find their strengths and uses his experience as a father of young girls to support families navigate typical developmental tasks, such as following directions, bedtime routines, and managing meltdowns. In line with Active and Connected Family Therapy, he believes in the importance of relationships, community, working hard, and being active.

Jodi Harris, LCSW

Jodi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Active and Connected Family Therapy. She works with adults, parents, and teens who are struggling with anxiety, depression, adjustment to life transitions, stress, health issues, and other challenges. Jodi has a particular interest and skill set in supporting people living or working across cultures – including immigrant and migrant communities, individuals seeking refuge from community violence, expats, Foreign Service, military, and third culture kids (TCKs) and their families. She has direct experience with and special interest in working with families affected by Type 1 Diabetes. Jodi heads up Active and Connected Family Therapy's Arlington/Alexandria office. For more information please visit,

Foreign Service Youth Foundation

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Arlington, VA  22205


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