The family is our integral unit of resilience and survival in times of stress and the core stabilizer of our communities. Disruption of families by trauma and stress precipitates major problems, e.g., addiction, PTSD, serious physical and mental illness. Connectedness or attachment to family and culture of origin correlate with reduced risk-taking behaviors and violence. Facilitating family, cultural and community ties can therefore be protective against effects of trauma. Family dynamics and research studies will illustrate the effectiveness of involving the family along with professionals for effective collaboration for the prevention, treatment and aftercare of Co-Occurring disorders. The importance of working with family motivation to help loved ones and themselves attain healthy lifestyles needs to be the cornerstone of an effective, collaborative continuum of care. In order for treatment to be effective, the intergenerational and contextual history of trauma also needs to be addressed. This typically remains unspoken and unresolved, masked behind the destructive behaviors of the individual of concern. The family needs to be empowered to draw upon their own intergenerational resilience towards achieving change and sustaining long-term recovery. Studies of methods based on Transitional Family Therapy, the first integrative family therapy model, will illustrate the utility of a resilience-based collaborative approach involving professionals, families and communities. These include Evidence-Based, Best Practice LIFE for groups and families, LINC Community Resilience for communities dealing with mass trauma, and ARISE® Continuing Care with Intervention for individuals and families. Case examples will be used in illustration.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
Identify three areas of resilience when dealing with stress and trauma.
Identify how to assess family culture as it relates to trauma.
Understand the intergenerational effect of trauma to better develop family specific treatment for co-occurring disorder.