This paper presents examples of parent’s reports of this from a qualitative research study on parent’s experience of their adolescent’s mental health treatment. Themes emerging from parent interviews include the common tension between parents (including step parents and sometimes other relatives if a father is absent) about the style of parenting appropriate to addressing the young person’s concerning behaviours. Each of the parent’s report varying degrees of trauma in the face of their adolescent’s disturbing symptoms; and in their experiences of seeking appropriate help.
In this workshop Margaret will describe a group used in the Early Childhood Unit at Redbank for carers and children with strained relationships and history of trauma. Children and parents/carers attend
As new understandings about trauma have emerged so has an exciting array of innovative techniques. Until now, the focus of these techniques has remained largely on individuals and exploiting their relationship context is often an untapped resource. What are the best ways to manage relationship dynamics and harness them for good outcomes? Using video tape and case examples this presentation considers how large scale traumatic events affect groups of people and it identifies principles and goals that can also apply to individuals.
Many couples present to a session wanting help because of a lack of connection and intimacy with each other. When a traumatic incident has occurred, working through intimacy issues can be more complex and overwhelming for the couple and Therapist alike. At times there can be a dynamic where one person in the couple has higher needs in response to the trauma. Sessions can become easily unbalanced and neutrality can be difficult to maintain.