Work with families can assist to create a network of richer information, deeper understanding, and safety for an individual and the family involved.
It can include a process of identifying family patterns of relating, strengths, and vulnerabilities impacting on individuals and other family members over time.
On average, families attend for six sessions. The spacing of these sessions can vary, so that a fortnightly meeting could extend to a three-monthly face-to-face, or internet, check-in. Some families can find real benefit in just a single session of time together.
Family work is a really useful tool for working with children, and It is also useful to use, where possible, as an adjunct to individual work with people of all ages from adolescence through to mature age clients.
Useful contact numbers for help and support:
- Parent Line NSW - 1300 30 1300
- Kids Helpline - www.kidshelpline.com.au / 1800 55 1800
- MensLine - 1300 78 99 78
- Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467
- The NSW Mental Health Helpline - 1800 011 511