Is your family going through a rough patch? Whether the issue itself, stems from a lack of understanding between those involved, sibling conflict, or developmental disagreements with a child, a difficult situation can have an effect on the entire family. Family support groups can be helpful when problems arise and can help restore and improve communication.
Some situations that may benefit from family support groups include:
- If a family is going through a loss.
- If a family member is suffering or recovering from substance abuse
- Issues between parents (parenting issues or going through a divorce)
- If a teenager is experiencing behavior issues such as anger outbursts
- Sibling conflict
- If a family member experiences a form of trauma
How can family support groups help?
They can help open up a line of dialogue and communication and can help family members understand each other’s perspectives. This makes it easier to resolve disputes. Each member has the ability to learn ways of communicating better, as well as developing techniques to de-escalate arguments while making sure that everybody is getting heard. This can also help with parenting problems such as conflicting parenting styles, rule enforcement and remaining consistent with your child once the rules are established.
How is it accomplished?
The goal is to improve relationships and improve methods of communication and conflict resolution. Families are a unique ecosystem, and issues affecting one member of a family can reverberate and affect the whole unit.