Family Support is an Essential Part of the Recovery Journey
The trauma and challenges of serious mental illness are experienced by both the person in recovery and his/her family. Few of us are prepared for the stress, confusion, fear and lack of access to information and support for a person receiving psychiatric treatment. From the moment a family member is in contact with Project Transition, we want to understand and learn about their experiences. It is our desire to create a partnership between the member, their family and our staff, as we know that loved ones often provide valuable perspectives that complete the picture of the person we are working with. We also know that supporting a family provides additional benefit to the member and their Recovery journey.
Beginning at the admissions process, we partner with families to gather information about the potential member’s condition and treatment history. This is also a time for us to listen, learn, and provide support. Once a member has been admitted into one of our communities, it is important that we get to know each other. This is best accomplished by conducting a family meeting that provides orientation to Project Transition, answers key questions and includes goal setting that addresses our expectations for one another. Regular family meetings are an essential part of supporting the recovery of our members. In addition, counselors and other staff are available for phone conversations and coaching as needed.
Finally, families and friends are invited to contact our Family Liaison, Ginny Kutger at 215-997-9959 ext. 236 with questions, concerns and ideas that will help us better serve you and our members.