Our school based Family Group is a resource for you to use if you are having a tricky time with your child. the group offers advice, help and most importantly the support of other parents. The group meets on a Thursday morning at the school and is hosted by an Educational Psychotherapist. For more information contact Mrs Lewis at school, or phone Mark Griffiths on 07540 806 248.
Here's what families have said about Family Group:
'It helps to hear how other people deal with things, find out what they've tried and share ideas.' Parent
I’m the mum of a lovely boy. We are both members of the Family Group family. We finished our therapy a while ago and I want to tell you few things about it.
Like you, we didn’t believe it will help. I joined Family Group only because I was desperate. I needed help and I was willing to try anything. Family Group changed my life and saved my family.
During Family Group meetings we’ve met wonderful people. There was the therapist, a person from school and few other families with problems very different to our one. We could talk about anything we wanted and nothing would be shared outside the group. We could not talk at all if we didn’t feel like it. We talked about good things. We talked about difficult things, trying to help children (and adults!) understand why they are difficult.
It did feel good to be in the company of other people who are struggling. They understood what we are going through even though their problems were so much different. For me as a parent it was like a support group. During parent time, once children went back to school, we could vent, we could cry, we could lean on each other. We could together look for ideas how to change things for better.
For long time I thought it is helping only me. Helping me to deal better with my problems. Family Group days became the highlight of my week. But do you know what? I kept seeing other families graduate because they had managed to change things for better and it gave me hope. What I failed to see was little things which were changing in my own family. It was a slow process in our case, but things were improving more and more over time.
About year and a half after we started our therapist suggested we were ready to graduate. Things had improved so much; I couldn’t believe it myself. I had a different child and my relationship with my child was better than before. Do you think I was relieved I could leave? No! I was upset - we are being thrown out! I could see we didn’t need it anymore but I didn’t want to leave! I wanted to meet those people every week! They were my friends, my family!
We did graduate in the end. My son is still in his new and improved behaviour. Believe me, Family Group does miracles!
I still occasionally go to visit the group when they are finishing the session to have a coffee and a chat with people I miss. I gained friends who I meet outside the group. Most important, my son and I are happy.
Family Group is about change and it changed our life.