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Support Directory that describes each agency. Include the services, hours, and locations. Target the directory toward teens. Use clip art to make it visually appealing. A C T I V I T Y Family Support Services There are many community resources that provide help for families facing difficulties. Support Groups Some people find help through support groups, meetings in which individuals share their problems and get advice from others facing similar issues. Participants discuss their concerns and often take comfort in knowing that they are not alone. Support groups help many people cope on a day-to-day basis. The purpose of support groups is to deal with various types of personal or family health concerns. For example, there are groups for personal health issues such as substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, dealing with grief, and coping with a family member’s long-term illness. support groups For more information about support groups and other treatment methods, see Chapter 9, page 237. Al-Anon 555-2666 Support for family members of people addicted to substances such as alcohol and other drugs Alateen 555-8336 A support group for teens who live with someone addicted to alcohol or other drugs Conflict Resolution Center 555-1234 Offers counseling, mediation, and training to help resolve conflicts Family Resource Center 555-9876 Provides support for families, including counseling services Family Services 555-5671 Provides counseling for individuals, couples, and families Teens in Transition 555-8485 Offers resources for teens seeking help for difficult life problems, such as coping with divorce or death 293 Lesson 4 Community Support Systems HS_HEALTH_U04_C11_L4 12/6/03 9:28 AM Page 293
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Counseling therapy to restore healthy relationships in a family, is another source of help for families facing problems. Family members meet regularly with counselors to discuss issues and to try to find solutions. Such counseling often provides fami- lies with the skills they need to resolve future conflicts on their own. In some cases, a family member may benefit from individual counseling. When dealing with issues of domestic violence, one- on-one sessions with a counselor, a psychologist, or a psychiatrist may help an abuser see that he or she learned abusive family pat- terns in childhood. The cycle of violence may then be broken as the individual learns to recognize the abusive patterns and replace them with healthful behaviors. Mediation Families often have difficulty working out problems that involve divorce, including custody of children or disbursement of property. In such cases, mediation may help. A is a person who helps others resolve issues to the satisfaction of both parties. The medi- ator sets ground rules and aids in effective communication that permits each party to speak and be heard. The mediation process encourages family members to communicate, cooperate, and com- promise. Mediators often help both parties find the resources and make the emotional connections that will result in mutual agreement.
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