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Course: Healing from Family Rifts
by Mark Sichel

CE Credit Hours: 7
Fee: $60

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Finding Peace After Being Cut Off from a Family Member

The pain of losing a family member to an irreconcilable rift can be devastating. Mark Sichel's Healing from Family Rifts will help clinicians guide others to finding peace and recovering from the isolation of family exile through his proven, ten-step healing program.

Applying the actions used to successfully recover from the fallout within his own family, author and licensed clinical social worker Mark Sichel and his innovative program will guide clinicians and patients through the necessary steps to accepting, reconciling, and overcoming the grief of a family rift. Through his positive approach, along with the searing stories of other embattle survivors of family wars, Mark Sichel helps people uncover and move onto live a rewarding and satisfying life.

Mark Sichel's Ten-Step Program Explores How To:
1. Acknowledge and deal with the shock
2. Start to live, laugh, and be happy now
3. Discover your family roles
4. Understand your family myths
5. Learn from successful families
6. Let go of resentment
7. Make the first move: learn and employ active measures to reconcile with your family
8. Build your second-chance family
9. Cultivate gratitude and emotional generosity
10. Make meaning out of your experience

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Understand how to intervene with the acute stress disorder brought on by a family rift
  • Identify family roles and family myths
  • Learn how to help clients with the self-esteem problems created in severely dysfunctional families
  • Identify steps that can be taken to mend a fractured family
  • Learn tools for giving up resentments
  • Identify psychological and spiritual tools to recover from the trauma experienced in fractured and dysfunctional families
  • Learn how to use the concept of 'making meaning' out of a crisis a tool for recovery.

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
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Bio: Mark Sichel

Mark Sichel, CSW, is a psychotherapist, writer, and speaker based in New York City since 1980. A graduate of the Hunter College School of Social Work, he has been admitted to the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and the National Association of Social Worker's Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. He is also a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.

Mr. Sichel is on the faculty in the Doctor of Ministry program at Hebrew Union College and was Director of the Addiction Recovery Unit at the Postgraduate Center for many years. He is also the founder and editor of the award winning online self-help site

He has presented his workshop 'Healing from Family Rifts' to professionals as well as general audiences throughout the world and is available for personal life coaching and as a speaker at conferences, workshops, and for continuing education for mental health professionals.

To find out more about Mark, visit his website: