The Family Concept
The importance of strong parents, healthy families, and well-adjusted children, has been what strong social groups have been based on for may years. These aspects of the stable nation has changed over the past several generations. In essence, we have lost touch with the original concept of the family and have not replaced it with a different model, nearly destroying the concept in the process.
Some individuals have chosen not to marry, some have chosen not to have children while others have choses same gender relationships. In addition, our society has changed its concept of what constitutes a family, and we are adjusting our thoughts and behaviors regarding family values. No one model has emerged as the right one so we remain in flux as to which model society should follow.
It is a known fact, though, that our family experiences influence us well past childhood. Family interaction is the initial and most lasting influence that each of us will ever know. The way that we experience our family members, whether present or absent determines what it means to us to be a human being. These experiences have formed the very basic and core belief about "who we are and how we behave".
The reason that the family systems model (which is not the same as the social family model) works in helping individuals define their own lives is that the conceptual focus is on the family system as a whole, and not on one individual member. Individual symptoms are viewed as by-products of relationship struggles, situations that are inherent in growing up in a group of other people, whether biological family members or not. Interventions are thus geared toward understanding each individual's behavior patterns, roles and functions, and how they fit into the complex matrix of the specific family system.
Family Systems Therapy
The family systems therapy model, considered in many constructs of the programs at InnerWisdom, Inc., is considered to be a philosophy and orientation to human problems, not simply a technique or form of therapy. Thus, a variety of approaches can be used together; enabling the individual to choose which methods best suits him and his individual situation. Because the concept is a theoretical orientation, it is not synonymous with the number of persons involved in therapy, nor whether the family members are all seen together as a group. This allows the focus to always be on the set of relationship issues in which the individual client is embedded, not necessarily on the individual family member(s) that may be responsible for the incident(s). Each client is seen as a sum total of his experiences and family interactions, all of which destroys or enhances health and happiness. Therefore, one of the goals of therapy is to help the individual develop a set of coping and life strategies that support his untapped prosperity and ultimate potential.
- Most essential is our core competence in recovery. We maintain an experienced team, advancing our company-wide objective for highly applicable and cost effective mental health treatment.
- We know how to manage a crisis. We provide a rapid response to any situation as we can quickly evaluate the problem, stabilize the condition and anticipate a positive outcome.
- We apply our skills and expertise to help motivate individuals and groups to work together for the betterment of communities.
- Our client community is diverse and varied. This diversity is reflected in our treatment staff, allowing for healthy therapeutic relationships to develop.
- We understand that other people's feelings are central to emotional well-being. Modeling this philosophy is essential for success. Our treatment programs focus on social awareness - the ability to understand and respond to the needs of others.
What Our Clients Say
Everyone made me feel welcome; the staff and clients, from my first day. If I felt lost or confused, I was pointed in the right direction or was given information to answer my questions. I had time to get adjusted to everything without feeling hurried.
Alumnus, June 2014
All aspects of the program were special. The staff was kind, well trained, professional, and experienced. Treatment was tailored to each person’s needs, complemented by group therapy. My transformation has been wonderful.
Alumnus, March 2013
InnerWisdom provided an approach to treatment that renewed my spirit, mind, and body. I would recommend the program to any of my family and friends. The environment is nurturing for anyone needing an environment for recovery.
Alumnus, Nov 2013
I am very grateful that my treatment was at InnerWisdom, Inc. This place is very special and that is because of the staff and caring environment.
Alumnus, August 2012
Fabulous treatment program! Can’t put into words how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to come here.
Alumnus, December 2012
Inner Wisdom has a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) where patients meet in groups with a therapist on a daily schedule. Patients have a variety of mental illness diagnoses, including Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, and substance abuse, which interfere with their ability to live a full and productive life. Students will have the opportunity to shadow therapists, facilitate therapy groups and Psychoeducation groups, meet individually with patients, and understand the case management required by Medicare and private insurance companies. Students work under a variety of therapists and can observe different styles and strengths. A strong team approach is encouraged. Students have the opportunity to get direct experience with patients and to use their skills creatively in offering therapy.
Former Student Intern 2014