Identity and Relationships in the Family Context (IRF)

For whom:

  • Open for homemakers – men and women from all walks of life


Objectives:

  • To gain deeper awareness and understanding of self and one’s relatedness with others in a family context
  • To examine and accept underlying beliefs of one’s identity as a homemaker and how these influence the well-being of self and others
  • To understand how tensions between traditional role descriptions, and how one wishes to be, impact one’s sense of fulfilment
  • To experiment with new behaviours / expression of one’s contribution as a homemaker to the family context


How does this happen:

  • Learning is facilitated by encounters within the group
  • Facilitator creating safe conditions to promote self disclosure, dignity and mutual respect
  • Working with the ‘here and now’ data, individual and group patterns as they emerge
  • Facilitator supports the participant in exploring and defining new ways to integrate expectations from oneself and others


Expectations from the participant:

  • A willingness / readiness to inquire, question, explore and act
  • Willingness to share feelings, thoughts and experiences
  • Listening without making quick judgments
  • A willingness to challenge one’s own and others views and actions


Some possible take aways for participants:

  • Understand one’s existing notions and discover new meanings of Home, Homemaker, contributions of various members in creating the Family Context
    • For women – understand how to integrate expressions, aspirations and assertion with traditional expectations of being a care-giver, supporter and nurturer
    • For men – understand how to integrate sensitivity, vulnerability and caring along with traditional expectations of being the strong, powerful provider and protector
  • A recalibration of roles, space and expectations. A sense of aliveness, anticipation and owning up of resources necessary for dialogue

                                                             

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