Help others understand inherited wounds and unawareness

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Articles for Clinicians

By Peter K. Gerlach, MSW
Member NSRC Experts Council

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        This series of articles is for mental-health professionals, educators, and administrators of all levels who serve low-nurturance (dysfunctional) client families and survivors of childhood trauma (Grown Wounded Children - GWCs). The series aims to empower you to provide effective professional service to those you serve. It comes from 33 years' clinical research and systemic experience with over 1,000 typical Midwest U.S. individuals, couples, and families.

        The series describes a unique six-phase scheme of assessment and intervention based on a strategic blend of systemic, couple, and individual work and several combined theoretical frameworks. This model has grown from 33 years' private therapy practice specializing in work with divorcing and stepfamily ("low nurturance") clients and Grown Wounded Children (GWCs). The model is being generalized now to apply to all troubled family systems and wounded persons.

        These professional articles are richly interlinked to over 200 related Web articles and worksheets for lay people on avoiding and resolving common personal and relationship problems. You're welcome to quote, copy, and distribute any of these materials at no cost, with appropriate attribution.

        These articles are grouped as follows:

  • Introduction to the clinical model

  • Requisites for using it successfully

  • Client assessment (Dx) with this model

  • Clinical interventions (Rx) by client type

  • Special clinical topics

  • An introduction to "parts rork" (Internal Family Systems Therapy)

  • Clinical resources

        To best understand these concepts read these first:

  • the intro this nonprofit Web site and the premises underlying it

  • an overview of the [wounds + unawareness] cycle

  • self-improvement Lessons 1 thru 6, and...

  • an example of a real family stressed by the cycle.


  Introduction to the Model

Introduction to these clinical articles

Basic premises

The clinical model

Q&A about working with this model


  Clinician requisites for Using for this model

  Assessing persons, couples, and families

  Clinical Interventions (Rx)

  Special Clinical Topics



"Parts Work" (Inner Family Systems Therapy)


Clinical Resources


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Updated September 30, 2015