Family Interventions are offered to families in which a child is beginning to resist having a relationship with parent or has begun to refuse to have contact with a parent. The central concept of Family Interventions is that when a child rejects a parent he/she is struggling with a deeply embedded negative family dynamic.
Each Family Intervention is tailored to the unique needs of the family. By offering a safe forum and by using various methods, such as a psycho-education, coaching, review of media materials, and skills development exercises, the parents learn to:
- understand why children resist or reject a parent
- collaborate to reunify the relationship between the child and the rejected parent
- identify parenting and co-parenting strengths and deficiencies
- respond more effectively to the child, who resists affection, communication, discipline
- motivate the child to spend time with the rejected parent
- understand how co-parents get trapped in conflict and the effect ongoing parental conflict has on their child
- decrease co-parenting conflict escalation and increase co-parenting collaboration
- offer apologies and take responsibility regarding parenting and co-parenting problems
- negotiate parent-child and co-parenting agreements.
The attendance of both parents is mandatory, as involvement of the preferred parent has been found to be crucial to the reunification process and improvement of the co-parenting relationship. It has also been found to be key to involve at least two professionals (coach), preferable a male and a female, assigned to the same gendered parent.
Family Turning Point offers intensive family interventions (typically for two days on a weekend and a half-day follow up at a later date) that involves a coach for each parent and the child and an activity coordinator, who engages the family in pleasurable activities and observes family interactions during these activities. The benefits of an intensive intervention is that problems can be resolved more quickly and the child is given the opportunity to engage in fun activities with the rejected parent and observe his/her parents actively engaging in collaborative co-parenting. As an alternative, Turning Point also offers on-going co-parenting sessions (preferably with both parents). The cost depends on the type of intervention needed.