At Caritas Tal-Ibwar we believe that the best way to meet adolescents’ needs is to actively involve family members and caregivers as partners in the adolescents’ care plan. Our services involve, strengthen and support families and caregivers from the very beginning of the adolescents’ journey at Tal-Ibwar.
At Caritas Tal-Ibwar we offer three types of services:
Supporting families is as important as supporting adolescents. We do this by:
- investing in collaborative relationships with families;
- providing support and parenting skills groups; and
- enabling caregivers to address their own issues, in individual or family therapy, allowing them to be the best parents they can be.
The family focus at Tal-Ibwar is an important part of The Seven Challenges programme addressing substance use with adolescents.
What is Seven Challenges®?
Seven Challenges programme guides how the staff at Tal-Ibwar looks at and talks about substance use with adolescents. It is designed to motivate adolescents to evaluate their lives, consider changes they may wish to make, and then succeed in implementing the desired changes. The programme helps adolescents to address their problematic substance use, their co-occurring life skill deficits, and other situational problems.
Support groups offer a safe place to share and process the “family and care giving experience” in relation to substance use. By connecting with others who are going through the same situation one can find support & understanding. Support groups can help you to:
1) Gain hope by realizing that you are not alone
They will often say, “You know, until I went to the group I thought I was the only person in the world with my problem. It’s very powerful when you see others in the group who are further along their road to recovery and who have made great strides toward having happier and healthier lives.
2) Expressing your feelings, reducing distress and increased self-understanding
After you realize you aren’t alone and within a safe and supportive environment, you will begin to feel comfortable sharing your feelings and life circumstances with the group. it’s also common that you will begin to notice a reduced level of overall distress and discomfort. You can also gain better understanding about yourself, your needs and your own unique personality
3) Learning helpful information, improve social skills and help others
Support groups offer lots of practical tips and resources for dealing with identified concerns. You also have a chance to practice social skills and interact more effectively with others. You can also help other group members as you grow and make progress. Others will be affected positively by hearing about your successes and by your kind and caring demeanour.