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Work with struggling families (Families in crisis)

Families in crisisChristine Tizzard Psychology have an established and unique track record in the provision of targeted, specific and intensive input to Families in crisis.

The organisation’s bespoke interventions are often requested when a Local Authority is close to issuing Section 47 proceedings.

At this stage a final attempt at finding a workable, sustainable and cost effective solution is often made.  A solution that if successful will maintain the integrity of a family framework, namely, keeping a family together.

Short term intensive improvement work is also carried out following family court Interim Hearings and prior to a Final Hearing where a Final Order is made.

Christine Tizzard Psychology has a unique track record in identifying the necessary learning required and responding with bespoke solution focussed and systemic interventions to the family in crisis.  All interventions are delivered within clearly defined time-frames.

Specialist input typically integrates psychological, sociological and educative support.  This comprehensive scaffolding is crucial in helping parents to improve living conditions, establish routines and to generally tackle the issues that have resulted in inadequate/inconsistent parenting that is often cyclical in nature.

Our experience working with struggling families has taught us that a key factor found in a difficulty to maintain positive change is often a failure to translate theoretical knowledge into robust practical strategies.  A strength of the Christine Tizzard approach with families in crisis is that the awareness and change gained from theoretical based ‘therapy’ is consolidated through practical support.  This strategy intense method may be considered a developmentally needed approach particularly where inadequate parenting has been a trans-generational pattern.

As well as providing clinical input, the psychologist works closely with the family in the home and/or school to produce sustainable solutions. Solutions that may be extended and built upon.

The route to the success of an intervention is multi-layered.  It relies on the clinician’s skill in establishing a working rapport with a parent. Resistance is usually initially present.

Success also rests on the creation of an appropriate discourse that engages the individual’s motivation, enabling discussion, modelling and the acquisition and maintaining of skills.

This practical component is also very important where learning disability has negatively impacted on parental capacity in the past.

Christine Tizzard Psychology has a very high success rate in providing interventions that enable individuals with reduced cognitive capacity to develop adequate parenting strategies.

It is also the case that on occasion strategies will fail or will not be achievable in timeframes.  In such instances it is the role of the clinician to inform professionals assigned to the family of this fact. Early disclosure enables alternative decisions to be made in respect of a child’s care at an early stage. This minimises the possibility of further potential emotional problems developing.

Families in crisis interventions are available on a case by case basis or through a contractual agreement.  Enquiries are very welcome.

Please contact us with any queries.

Interventions are available throughout England, The Channel Islands and Northern Ireland.