When children are abused by a parent or trusted caretaker, the non-abusive parent has the important role of assisting her child (and other and other children in the family) so that a sense of safety and security can be restored. At the same time that the parent’s focus must be on her child(ren), the nonabusive parent is often in shock, terrified, and feels as though the rug has been pulled out from under here.
Struggling with challenges ranging from housing, to lack of financial support, to legal proceedings, to sorting out a broad range of feelings in this family crisis, the nonabusive parent deserves a great deal of support and guidance. At this time family loyalty splits can occur, parents must negotiate learning a new system of authorities (CPS, police, court), and many demands are placed on nonabusive parents. In addition, they must confront their own feelings of guilt, worry, and fear. This group is designed to assist parents by providing support and psychoeducation in a judgment-free environment.
GIL INSTITUTE GROUPS OFFERED SEASONALLY & BASED ON REFERRAL PATTERNS
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