Family Dynamics: A Play and A Seminar


Family Dynamics can make all the difference in the world — and that is an understatement. We have reason to connect two different “happenings” in one post.

BarnArts is presenting a play today and tomorrow that focuses on family dynamics:

“Eleemosynary” a play about family dynamics and the human need for connection, will be a feature of the opening weekend of Sculpturefest.

The King Farm Barn has been transformed into a theater for the performances which will be offered (tonight) Saturday, September 1 at 7pm; Sunday at 2pm.

Tickets can be reserved through BarnArts at 802-332-6020 or

Now, to a seminar with a Fletcher Allen/UVM doctor who combines genetics, psychiatry and environment to help treat entire families – exploring family dynamics — rather than focusing on just the “one” solitary family member with an alcoholism or behavior problem.

Seems to make sense…it is coming up on September 19th.

If you are interested in attending and being part of this free information session, it would be helpful to let the organizers know since it will require a conference room at the Woodstock Inn.

Laurie and John Chester are very enthusiastic about the work being done by Dr. Jim Hudziak:

Dr. James Hudziak, Director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families, will be speaking at the Woodstock Inn at 5:30 on September 19.

Space is limited, so if you plan to come please RSVP now to

Here is a VERY abbreviated bio:

Dr. James Hudziak, Director
Vermont Family Based Approach at the Vermont Center for Families and Children
Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont

Known internationally for his work in the psychiatric genetics of child and adolescent behavior Dr. Hudziak is the Director of the VCCYF at Fletcher Allen Health Care and University of Vermont’s College of Medicine. He is Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Pediatrics at UVM;

Understanding the relations of Genes, Environment, Brains and Behavior – The Vermont Family Based Approach

“Being a kid can be a tough job. Being a kid can be a great job. Children have almost no control over the factors that affect their early lives. Children do not get to choose their parents (or genes), their siblings, where they live, who they live with, who their peers are, or what type of schools they go to. They often have little say on their diet, whether or not they have access to sports, music, or other health promoting activities. In short, a child’s development can be viewed as a series of interactions between their biology (genetics) and their environment, neither of which they can control. Our approach is simply to use modern science to develop strategies for families to implement health promoting environments that improve the lives of all family members”.

Dr. Hudziak is the creator of a health promotion and illness prevention treatment program entitled, The Vermont Family Based Approach: The Approach is the direct result of his 20+ years in genetics and neuroscience and is based on the simple fact that the best way to promote health in children and families is to help the family. All families deserve and need to have the basic understanding of how to promote health. The VFBA has at is core, Family Wellness Coaches, who work with families on developing strategies to raise healthy children. These coaches are expert in nutrition, exercise, parenting techniques, music training, and reading programs. They are skilled at identifying strengths in families and coaching to those strengths. In addition, Focused Family Coaches work with all family members to make sure that all emotional behavioral problems are identified and treated regardless of the age of the family members. Dr. Hudziak’ s approach is being used in clinics around the world and it is his goal to have it used more broadly in the State of Vermont. He argues simply: “All health emerges from good emotional behavioral health, and our program embraces the responsibility of promoting health in families”.


In order to help families understand the Vermont Family Based Approach, Dr. Hudziak and his team have made a video that all families are able to watch prior to visiting the clinic.

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