Mental Health Matters
Forensic Edition
May 2019
Published by:  Lepage Associates
Psychological & Psychiatric Services
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Preparing Your Client for Reunification Therapy

Often attorneys are the first person explaining reunification therapy to clients, and thus attorneys can play an important role in preparing their clients to be successful in the reunification therapy process. Reunification therapy is a form of family therapy, often court-ordered, used when a child or children refuse to spend time with one parent during separation or after divorce. Research has shown disrupted parent-child relationships have a negative impact on children of all ages. It may manifest through internalizing disorders (for example, anxiety and/or depression) or externalizing disorders (for instance, poor school achievement, behavioral problems, and/or substance abuse). Therefore, the goal of reunification therapy is to assist both parents with creating the healthiest possible relationship with their child, and supporting a healthy relationship between the child and the other parent, which will positively affect the children's emotional development within the family system.  The way for an attorney to prepare a client for being part of the reunification process is to...
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