It’s all about family. Some people say, “If you want to remember something, say it three times.” Integrating families into the treatment process is complicated, uncomfortable and can sometimes seem impossible. Yet the family has the greatest impact, positive or negative, toward the treatment of individuals suffering with substance abuse and mental health issues. Families suffer right along with the identified individual. Most times the individual who is acting out is simply the “squeaky wheel,” the one who needs the most immediate attention.
Families respond to generational trauma and experience in much the same way we experience gravity or the wind. We cannot see the wind or gravity, but we definitely feel the effects. Sometimes we feel the cool breeze and comfort of home and connection, creating stability and confidence. Other times we experience violent storms and events that shake us to our core.
John Lieberman, MA, has been working in the chemical dependency and mental health treatment industry for 34 years. He is passionate about adolescent recovery and helping to heal fractured families. Last year he spoke to you about the damaging effects of loneliness. Healed and united families are the antidote to loneliness.
Family therapy includes education about addiction and mental health issues as well as instruction about family dynamics and the roles each individual member plays in the family unit. Integrating families into the treatment process is complicated, uncomfortable and can sometimes seem impossible. Yet the family has the greatest impact, positive or negative, toward the treatment of individuals suffering with substance abuse and mental health issues.
Through his own personal insight, anecdotal stories and many years of experience working with adolescents in treatment, John will discuss how a family’s personal experience can be its greatest asset. Family treatment offers the opportunity to create a platform for generational change and healing. Come join him as he shares his insight and personal experience about the powerful and lasting impact family involvement has on recovery.
1. Why adolescents and young adults do better with including family in the treatment process more than the adult population.
2. The necessity for therapist to view the family as a resource rather than an obstacle in treatment.
3. How to integrate family into all aspects of treatment: intervention, admission, treatment, and aftercare.
4. How to teach parents the tools to help their loved one manage recovery both during and after treatment.