What is Family Centred Time?
It’s a relaxed meeting in a safe environment with other members of your family that you have identified that you want to be there. It helps you to identify issues connected with your drug/alcohol use and to understand your family relationships and hopefully strengthen them. This time allows you and your famly to solve your problems together
- Your Early Break worker will explain everything fully
- Your normal Early Break sessions continue outside Family Centred Time
- You will have regular “Family Centred Time” meetings decided by you and the others who attend, these may be weekly, fortnightly or monthly
- The people you have invited may be offered some time on their own by the family worker
What is Family Centred Time for?
- It aims to increase support for you
- It gives your family an understanding of what drugs/alcohol you are using
- It improves communication
- It helps you to understand the impact your drug/alcohol use has on others
- It gives you a better way of handling stress within your family
Who Attends Family Centred Time?
- People chosen by you… just one person or a few i.e. Parents/Carers,Grandparents or Brother/Sister
- Your Early Break worker will be there to help and work along side you
- Your Early Break family worker will make sure that every one gets a say and is heard
Where Do Meetings Take Place?
- A comfortable and safe place is offered, usually an Early Break centre
- Not in your family home… this could be too cosy
How Does Family Centred Time Finish?
- Your Early Break family worker will aim to bring each session to a positive conclusion with clear objectives for the next time your family meets
- At the end of the sessions you and your family will agree on what has been achieved and what still has to be done
- Hopefully you will all have a better understanding of each other and the time spent together will help you deal with your drug/alcohol issues