Families Remembering our Competencies, Knowledge, and Strength Group: a Proposal for Therapy Group for Family Members of Youth in Treatment for Substance Use
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The purpose of this project is to utilize my professional and clinical experience and the theoretical assumptions of family therapy to design a counseling group to provide support, encouragement and psycho-education to family members of youth who are in substance use treatment. A review of the literature indicates the importance of family involvement in substance use treatment and highlights the systemic factors that impact youth and their substance use. It highlights theory for family involvement in the treatment process as well as a collaborative approach to group therapy. A narrative inquiry, of my experience working in a residential drug and alcohol treatment center, forms the basis for the proposed family counseling group. This inquiry, coupled with the systemic review of the literature incorporating family involvement into adolescent substance use treatment, to provide the framework for integrating theory into practice. The group aims to involve the youth’s chosen family members in remembering their competencies, knowledge and strengths. The purpose is to help family members build coping strategies and parenting skills, and foster awareness about how best to support their youth while they are in treatment. The hope is for practitioners to utilize these for the implementation of their groups in effort to support youth and their families reclaim their lives from substance use.