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🎧 Friday CE Series: The Complicated World of Family Cutoffs: Causes, Interventions, and a Deeper Understanding

  • Fri, October 13, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • online via Zoom


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  • Members of SFCAMFT, RECAMFT, and East Bay CAMFT chapters are invited to participate in our session for free!

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Gain insight into family estrangement

The Complicated World of Family Cutoffs: Causes, Interventions, and a Deeper Understanding

Presented by Tracy Ross, LCSW (NY) and Judi Aronowitz, RN, LCSW (NY)

2 CEs available

Free for Marin CAMFT members and reciprocal chapter members!

Workshop Description

Family estrangements or cutoffs are extremely widespread, affecting literally millions of people of all ages. The pain and damage from a cutoff can have a ripple effect that is passed down for generations.

Why are cutoffs so common, what are the causes, what can families do to prevent or repair rifts in the family and how can therapists intervene to help the family find a path forward? In this presentation we will discuss partial and total cutoffs, some of the reasons families so frequently become estranged and how we as therapists can help families find a way back to a relationship.

We will look at the genogram of a family experiencing a cutoff in order to deepen understanding of the clinical material and examine the intergenerational and multi-cultural aspects of this phenomena

Educational Goals

This training is designed to deepen understanding of the prevalence and lasting impact of family estrangements including partial cutoffs. It will help clinicians explore the intergenerational and multi-cultural aspects of their clients' decisions to break or intensely limit contact with adult family members. The ultimate goal is to help clients explore ways to move forward with clarity and healing.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the difference between partial and total family cutoff

  2. Identify 3 causes of family estrangement 
  3. Describe 3 clinical interventions for clients experiencing estrangement
  4. Examine family messages around race, class, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation connected to estrangement
  5. Use a genogram with estranged clients to deepen understanding of inter-generational and multi-cultural patterns 


    Tracy Ross, LCSWTracy Ross, LCSW (NY) is a clinical social worker and organizational psychologist who has been working with couples and families for over 30 years. Tracy has a strong focus and expertise in adult family therapy, particularly in the area of family cut-offs, and redesigning and healing adult family relationships. Tracy’s specialties include parenting, discernment counseling, adult family relationships, collaborative divorce, and sex therapy. She completed the Ackerman Institute’s Family and Couples training and worked as faculty for 10 years on the Resilient Families project. She has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman Method, Bowenian Family Therapy, EMDR, and Relational Sex Therapy. Along with her colleague Judith Aronowitz, Tracy created the Redesigning Family Dynamics course for therapists. This comprehensive adult family therapy course includes theory, experiential practice, and a roadmap for working with families. 

    Judi Aronowitz, RN, LCSWJudi Aronowitz, RN, LCSW (NY) started her career as a Pediatric Nurse, before realizing that what she was most drawn to was Family Dynamics. She received her Master’s Degree at NYU in Clinical Social Work and has been working to heal families ever since. Judi has worked in various hospital and clinical settings throughout her Career. She trained at the Ackerman Institute for the family in the early 2000's honing her systems thinking and clinical skills. After graduating she remained at Ackerman as part of a project working with families with children with special needs. She is currently working in Private Practice with Individuals, Couples and Families and Teaching Family Work in New York City. Along with her colleague Tracy Ross, Judi created the Redesigning Family Dynamics course for therapists. This comprehensive adult family therapy course includes theory, experiential practice, and a roadmap for working with families. 

    PLEASE NOTE: This event will be recorded. By registering for this event you are consenting to a recording being made which may include your voice and/or image. This recording may be available for review and downloading. By registering for this event, you are agreeing for your likeliness to possibly be used by Marin CAMFT.

    The Zoom link and password are provided in the registration confirmation email after sign-up is completed.

    Attendance at the live event in full and completion of the evaluation at the end qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education (2 CEUs).

    Date: Friday, October 13
    Time: 12 noon to 2 pm Pacific
    Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members and reciprocal members, $20 for non-members.
    Location:  Online via Zoom. Password and link sent upon registration.

    Additional Information about Marin CAMFT CE Programs

    For more information about the Friday Continuing Education Series or about joining the Marin CAMFT Continuing Education Committee, please contact our Director of Programs Norman Hering.

    • Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and/or LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. These CEs will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. We regret that at this time we are not able to provide CE units for Licensed Psychologists. Participants must attend the full duration of the program (on Zoom, or in person, per event details above) and complete the course evaluation to receive the CE completion certificate. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact our Director of Programs at for more information.

    • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

    • Refund Policy: Our refund policy requires a $20 processing fee, therefore refunds are not available for this program, as the maximum purchase price is $20. We also do not provide refunds in case of non-attendance by the registrant.  Please contact our Director of Programs at with any questions.

    • Request for Accommodations: If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the Director of Programs at
    • Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director of Programs.

    • Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, creed, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, ability, or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

    Continuing education credits are available for attendance in the Zoom presentation. You must stay on the Zoom meeting for the entirety of the training and complete the course evaluation afterward in order to receive a completion certificate. Because of the requirement to attend the training in full, if you attempt to log in to the Zoom late, after the training is already underway, you may not be admitted. Please log onto the event promptly at the listed start time.

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    Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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