Every family holiday, we’re all reminded of the complexities of family life. Regardless of their size, all families possess intricate relationship patterns and human dynamics that not only develop as a whole over time, but which also affect each member’s life as an individual (and vice versa).
Knowing this, our Family Paradigm Analysis at American Wellness Center has been created to offer families professional insight into their own interaction and communication style. With this knowledge, these families can better understand their strengths and weaknesses, and, in turn, can work more effectively towards healthier functioning, both as a family and as individuals.
In recent decades, much research has been done documenting “functional” and “dysfunctional” patterns in family relations and interactions. We know now how these contribute to individual health and development. In studying families, the behavioral tendencies and communication styles are the most observable factors in analyzing how that family functions. Within those behavioral and communication subtleties lie deeper psychosocial components that can reveal even more about each family member.
In our Family Paradigm Analysis, a team of specialized clinicians performs a joint evaluation, then works with the family to strategically target potential growth areas while encouraging respect and positive communication throughout the process.
For families interested in our Family Paradigm Analysis, a multidisciplinary assessment is scheduled with a team of at least three to four clinicians, who are selected based on the family’s most relevant needs or concerns. This team generally consists of a psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor, and at least one or more specialists from our other departments: neurology, speech-language therapy, and/or occupational therapy.
The assessment process takes two to three hours per family. This is followed by an internal team meeting, after which the family is provided with feedback, treatment recommendations, and an analysis report. While all families can benefit from this service, it is most recommended for families with specific concerns on an individual’s development (such as families with members who have special needs) or with an interest to improve specific relationships within the family.