Integrating Family Services into Foundry Trauma Integrated Treatment Services.
In January 2021, Dr. Mike Barnes, the Foundry's Chief Clinical Officer, developed a theoretical and practice model for honestly treating addiction as the chronic and family-based disease that we have espoused for decades. Within this process, integration of family services into the core clinical model was critical. For this to become a reality, it would be essential to learn from information found in existing models of chronic disease management.
I was thinking about how best to maximize treatment outcomes and create a healing environment that would allow clients and their families to move into recovery together. I sat down and put on paper my thoughts about how best to develop a new family program that integrates family services into the Foundry's Trauma Integrated Addiction Treatment services. In traditional treatment services, family programming has been maintained as a peripheral service, in which families are educated on addiction as a chronic disease and challenged to identify and change family interaction patterns that have served to maintain the addiction rather than help to resolve it.
Phase 1 (Family 101): Education and Engagement (5 Weeks)
1. Weekly Video Educational Series (90 Minutes)
2. Multi-Family Support Group (90 Minutes)
3. Weekly Family Session including Client in Treatment (60 Minutes)
4. Weekly Summary/Education Session – (90 Minutes). Review the topic for the week, answer questions about the topic, and identify lessons learned.
Week A: Addiction as a chronic disease
Week B: Trauma 101
Week C: Impact of Addiction and Trauma on Family Function
Week D: Keys for Family Healing: Moving from “Normal” to “A Newer Normal.”
Week E: Family Trauma, Boundaries, Enabling, and other Protective Factors.
The goal is to assist the family through education, coaching, and support.
Phase 2 (Family 201): Assessment and Integrating Insights and New Experiences, Building Resilience Through New Interactional Patterns
•12 Week program
•Weekly 60-minute Family Session including the “client” Goals and Objectives:
Facilitate family discussion to honestly address the impact of addiction, trauma, and family history on each family member.
Build increased family resilience
3 Generation Assessment, Genogram, Assess 5 R’s, Family Life Cycle Assessment
Develop a new family Healing Story