This page continues an outline of
the third personal trait required to provide effective clinical service to
childhood trauma survivors and low-nurturance families - special clinical
skills. The prior page outlines skills needed for typical divorcing
families, courting-co-parent families, and stepfamilies with couples denying
major relationship problems. This page outlines clinical skills
needed for stepfamily couples who admit relationship problems and are
motivated to reduce them, while managing other concurrent stepfamily
stressors. Recall that the "/" in re/marriage notes that it may be a
stepparent's first union.
Clinical Skills Needed When Clients Commit to Wound-recovery
This four-page series summarizes the
third personal trait needed for effective clinical outcomes with these complex
(a) general special clinical skills, and (b) special skills for each
of six client types. Clinicians who haven't fully accepted how
different average divorcing-family and stepfamily clients are from intact
biofamilies are apt to discount the need for these special skills.
Restated: it will take average licensed clinicians several years
and several dozen client families of all six types to really appreciate the need for and impact of
these many special skills.
Clinicians, supervisors, and colleagues who need to deny (a) significant
psychological wounds and (b) how different these client families are, are apt to
c/overtly trivialize or discount the need for these special skills.
That risks providing
ineffective long-term help to client families and leaving their descendents
vulnerable to inheriting significant psychological wounds and ignorance and
passing them on.
Reality check: on a scale of one (I
believe these skills are not needed or useful) to ten (I believe that clinicians
must proactively develop all these special skills for effective outcomes
with these clients), I am now a __.
Continue with the third of
five requisites for effective service to trauma-survivors and divorcing-family and stepfamily
clients: special personal traits.
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September 30, 2015