Touching the lives of teens with Family Constellations and ritual in a high school group
By Bill Mannle, LMFT
After year and a half of doing Family and Systemic Constellations at a high school in Connecticut for the school’s regular Alateen group, I began to notice a pattern. The first student to enter the room was the one who would work that day. Today was no different.
“Hi Bill,” said Laney, 16, as she walked in.
“Hi, Laney. Are you going to work today?” I asked.
“Yeah, I think so, I don’t know,” she replied.
“Whatever you want,” I said.
When the other students filed in and settled, my colleague Sue, the school social worker who ran the Alateen group, shared announcements, introduced me to the new students, and then we did a round. After I explained Family Constellations, I noticed Sue looking at Laney.
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