This intervention looks at a child’s central family; who they are and how they all work together. The aim of the intervention is to educate both the adult and the child about the benefits of positive relationships and how negative relationships can have a destructive impact upon their lives, now and in the future. The last session is titled ‘How to do it better’, after having considered all aspects of relationships it’s about how best to keep relationships of any kind ‘healthy’.
This intervention will be a difficult one because it asks questions of the family/ adult not just the child. In order to effect change we must consider our part in any one situation; in one of the most important relationships of your life we can help or hinder. These sessions are not to just highlight the issues but ultimately effect positive change; it is not to apportion blame!! The ultimate aim is to effect a positive change in family relationships which will ultimately lead to positive change in the life and future of the child.
WHY THIS INTERVENTION?
Does your child exhibit any of the following behaviours? (Some may not be connected to the issues within the family or they may be, children often use different coping methods when faced with difficulties)
Openly expresses alcohol and drug use
Expresses worthlessness/ fear/ anxiety
Difficult relationships at home
LENGTH OF INTERVENTION
The sessions are divided into roughly one hour x 6 weeks plus follow up session, however, depending on the age and concentration level of your child you could split the sessions further. Each session will have 3 worksheets to complete, you could do one at a time.
BASIC OVERVIEW OF THE INTERVENTION SESSIONS
Who am I? Firstly how do you view yourselves? Does it provide a solid foundation for other relationships? What’s my starting point?
Who’s with me? Relationships which you have with your family; who you both trust and how you both interact, the good, bad and the ugly.
How do they do it? This session looks at situations from the outside and asks what works, difficulties in families and what makes a good family dynamic?
Trouble shooting It’s not what you say.....It’s how you say it; often we deal with situations in the wrong way, which often leads to trouble.
How do relationships affect feelings? Relationships gone wrong, this session covers aspects of relationship conflict and how feelings affect relationships positively and negatively.
How to do it better What’s the plan? Looking at the future and how to deal better with interactions, making better decisions and building solid relationships.
Follow up - Reviewing progress made and celebrations of successes, keep on talking!