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News & Views - Jul, 1999 Issue #59

12 Ways to Prolong the Treatment Process

The following was included in the Three Springs Paint Rock Valley Program (Alabama) Newsletter, Teresa Carpenter, editor. Although it specifically refers to treatment, the comments apply to any program for children emphasizing the goal of maturity and emotional growth. ĖLon

1.Tell your child he is being discharged before graduation.

2.Donít be honest with family service worker about problems on home or town visits.

3.Donít hold your child accountable for earning visits and privileges. (Attempt to lower standards or make exceptions for privileges.)

4.Allow your child to have peer visits before being approved.

5.Allow your child to be unsupervised or supervised by someone not approved on home visits.

6.Donít follow Three Springs standards and recommended actions.

7.Tell your child you disagree with the treatment team.

8. Complain to your child about Three Springs standards, expectations, medical treatment or doctor decisions.

9.Donít follow through with recommended family counseling.

10.Allow yourself to be emotionally ďblackmailed.Ē

11. Tell your child he needs to be invested in the program and donít attend parent training, parent support, parent ropes, parent trips, and donít consistently write letters to your child, etc.

12.Make a commitment and donít follow through.

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