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Family Consulating dealing with resistant persons

This weekend – I spend at least 12 hours dealing with a family that was in much pain because of their 17 year old son addictive behaviors. It is hard as family members that are enmeshed and consumed with trying to find a solution – yet – they too need to make the changes in order for the addicted person to know that they are serious. In this case – the family could not fully commit to  setting boundaries with their son – the son wins again – the difference in this case because the family move forward with an intervention – now everything is out in the open – now the son cannot hide behind the lye’s.

Interventions are a way to bring things out in the open – when there seemed to not be a solution – there is one when you move forward to get help from a professional that can bring out the truth in a compassion way – and exposed the truth – which helps the addicted person to break the cycle of denial.

Remember that if you know a loved one that is suffering and you are a family member or a friend that cannot control or stopped the situation or person from changing – you do not need to be alone any more – reach out to one of our team and get help to stop the problem and not feel alone – and gain a solution of change.

Reactive attachment disorder

Reactive attachment disorder begins before age 5. Signs and symptoms of the disorder may begin when the child is still an infant.

Signs and symptoms in babies may include:

  • Withdrawn, sad and listless appearance
  • Failure to smile
  • Lack of the normal tendency to follow others in the room with the eyes
  • Failure to reach out when picked up
  • No interest in playing peekaboo or other interactive games
  • No interest in playing with toys
  • Engaging in self-soothing behavior, such as rocking or self-stroking
  • Calm when left alone

Signs and symptoms in toddlers, older children and adolescents may include:

  • Withdrawing from others
  • Avoiding or dismissing comforting comments or gestures
  • Acting aggressively toward peers
  • Watching others closely but not engaging in social interaction
  • Failing to ask for support or assistance
  • Obvious and consistent awkwardness or discomfort
  • Masking feelings of anger or distress
  • Alcohol or drug abuse in adolescents

What is my intervention style ?

Working in this field as long as I have, one of the great skills that I have as professional. I can become flexible in working with families, there is the Johnson Model, the model that is based on surprise, love and setting up consequences. Then , the Systemic model, which really is educating the family, inviting the whole family unit to participate, and work through the family issues, then there is the ARISE model, which is also an invitational style – it is more of an empowerment model, giving the family the power to set the tone as well as supervision from a professional. Last is the Break Through Model, which is the training that I recently participated in – a model based on invitation – yet staying focus on the reality theory – motivational interviewing, and bringing the family together to address the reality of what is happening in their loved one life that is causing concern for the family. All in all, these models are wonderful ways to help families, and I tend to agree with them all. I provide family support based on the disease model , model of change, family system model, reality therapy, and motivational interviewing, which in the end all comes together when dealing with a family as a whole. When, one person makes a change in the family system, it helps to change others in a family and in the end of any professional service, it starts with one change at a time.

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