Your busy, mischievous little boy has disappeared overnight. No more hugs and chats, instead he is spending all his free time locked in his room. Conversations have turned into short grunts and he is always in a bad mood. The only topics that will get him out of his shell momentarily are games or sport, girls or his friends. You are not sure whether the hours spent behind closed doors are only playing computer games or sometimes homework as well….and you are too cautious to ask. Did we fail as parents or is my son only going through a phase?
Substance use disorder (SUD) or addiction is often seen as a disorder or illness that reoccurs and fills many people with a sense of shame and hopelessness. This conversation gives a broad overview of what addiction is, how it is experienced by the person who is addicted and the difficulty experienced in stopping. The importance of thorough assessment and the role of the counsellor is unpacked and applied to a case study. The conversation is rounded of by unpacking what relapse is, how we prevent it and how to achieve sustained recovery.
Through this training course I aim to help both parents who co-parent, as well as practitioners who deal with co-parenting and parental guidance; to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of co-parenting.