Patricia Papernow

Dr. Patricia Papernow is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on “blended families,” entering her fifth decade of providing training and consultation all over the U.S. and the world. Her book, Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships: What Works and What Doesn’t, integrates current research with five decades of clinical experience to provide a practical accessible guide for both stepfamily members and helping professionals. It has been called “the best book ever written on the subject,” “a remarkable achievement,” and “an incredibly good read.”

Her most recent book, The Stepfamily Handbook: From Dating to Getting Serious, to Forming a “Blended Family, was co-authored with post-divorce coach Karen Bonnell. Written for the general public, it takes recoupling parents and their partners from falling in love, to moving wisely toward more commitment, to creating a successful stepfamily. Dr. Papernow is also the author of several dozen professional articles and book chapters. Her website offers radio interviews and videos full of succinct helpful information.

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Stepfamilies are fundamentally different than biological families which creates tension & ambiguity. Ron Deal speaks with Dr Patricia Papernow about key principles for healthy relationship building while navigating complex dynamics & competing priorities. View Show Notes →