Reunification Therapy is a highly specialized process of reuniting children and parents. Sometimes parents become distant from their children for a variety of reasons including:
- Long term hospitalization
- Parental Alienation
The reunification therapy process, especially when reunification therapy is due to parental alienation, may be met with resistance by the offending parent and sometimes the child will refuse to participate as well. It may be important for the child/children to engage in their own therapy sessions prior to engaging in the reunification process to identify the root cause of the resistance.
To prepare for therapy both parents should be committed to the process and recognize it will be important for them to improve their communion with each other. Equally as important, is a commitment by the parents to work with the therapist beforehand and during the process, to ensure that everyone involved has a clear understanding of the objectives and the process of the therapeutic steps that will be taken to work toward the desired outcome. It is always the desired outcome for children to have a positive relationship with both parents.
Steps for Therapy:
- Initial Assessment: Therapist meets with each member of the family alone.
- Establish Therapy goals of each family member.
- Address the underlying issues that contributed to the estrangement.
- Rebuilt trust between family members.
- Process Review
Reunification therapy is not covered by insurance. The length of therapy is dependent on the participants and how actively all parties are working for reunification. This type of therapy is best when meeting together once a week for a minimum of 3 months.
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