Family Education 

Chemical and Mental Health Disorders are “family diseases”  meaning that one persons struggle with these can be affecting to everyone in the family.  The good news is that family members can cope with, and recover from the effects of these issues, just as those who struggle with mental and chemical health diagnoses can recover.

Our Family Education programming takes place one weekend a month and consists of a 1-day (Friday) format.  During the morning course of this program, parents receive psycho-education on substance abuse and mental health, family impacts of addictions, and parenting/family support  and education on MICD issues.
 

During the afternoons, clients and their families process letters and have group family therapy to address issues specific to the client and their family situation.  Families also have the ability to have additional individual family therapy with our clinicians to address issues more in-depth.

Family Education Agenda:

Our Family Education and Therapy Program is offered the last Friday of each month and runs from 9 am until approximately 2:30pm.  There is an outline listed below of topics covered.  Family involvement is vital to the success of treatment as parents need to understand what is happening for their child, and may need to alter their parenting styles to best suit the needs of the client. Without awareness, there can be no change. Without support, change is difficult to maintain.

Family Education:

In the morning portion of our family day (9 am-11:30 am), the parents meet alone to learn about the following topics:

-          The 3 C’s of Al-Anon

-          Why this isn't just a phase: parenting a child with MICD needs

-          The disease of addiction: why this is not a set of 'bad' choices

-          Support vs. Enabling

-          Communication and parenting tools

-          Finding support for you as you support your child

**lunch break (on your own)**

In the afternoon, we gather again, this time uniting families with their children, and we process letters to one another that are prepared in advance. A letter guide is also provided should you want to utilize this tool.  This is done in large group where we process together. As the issues that occur within families where addiction is present tend to take on general themes, it is often helpful to hear others and how they are progressing past their struggles.  This helps us to overcome common themes of guilt and shame and to connect with others to see that we are not alone.

Individual Family Sessions:

WINGS is proud to offer individual family counseling that can be scheduled Monday-Friday. Sessions generally are 1 to 1.5 hours in length.  For those who live far from the facility, we can also do some family work via phone.