Family Care, Communication and Cohesion

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Interruption and Imagination

We know the heartbreak and despair of watching helplessly while someone you love struggles with autism, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other conditions beyond their control. Our specialty services are one intervention (supportive detour away from the symptoms in a condition) and the family is another intervention. And not in the traditional sense. If an individual quits going to school or work, isolates from friends and family, engages in damaging and dangerous behavior, stops doing the things they enjoy, and falls short of their potential, we can interrupt that process.

Life can leave us behind if we have to face pain alone. Our intervention is rarely a gathering giving the person options to get help. We are non traditional practitioners in this way. Our interventions are tools (an interruption to an old process) that develop skills sets so the individual can enjoy self-efficacy (the ability to face life’s unexpected events). Interventions are part therapeutic (action), part support system (people). There is no other way to heal from these conditions. We do not fly away to an island to live life on life’s terms.

The Pacific Solstice team will bring together the skills (A) and the family (B) to help each patient thrive regardless of their chronic or intrusive illness. Instead of the island or spa, we create ways to rally around both interventions (skills and family) to practice life in a real way. Imagination and memory are important in the healing process. But, what is most important is learning. We change and grow when we are honest, open-minded and willing to live in the present. It will feel risky and unfamiliar to let go of living in the past or the future. But, the risks churn out more value than the costs. That is if, IF, you accept our support, ideas and presence next to you in the journey that makes everything worth fighting for.

Family Workshop

It is difficult to support a loved one struggling with mental illness without effective tools, accountability, or proper self-care. Our family workshops are designed to help families learn how to get involved in their loved one's treatment effectively and in a supportive and positive way.

In our Workshop Series, families will learn to communicate, identify and set boundaries, explore and set realistic expectations, improve the home environment, and heal together using new skills. These Six Intensive Workshops are for the support system of our Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient clientele. In five of the six Workshops each Series, our Interdisciplinary Team provides education, support, and a community to ensure your loved one is successful in their treatment with us and will finish STRONG. This means you and each client will be empowered to a higher standard of living and to practicing the skill of hope.

Finishing strong requires several goals that are broken down into smaller steps. With time, these lead to deeper intrapersonal (interior, within) connection and trust and interpersonal (exterior, with others) belonging and trust.

Workshop 1

April 14, 2022

Support System and Patient

Healthy Expectations - Narges Maududi, LCSW

Coping Skills for Beginners - Oscar Rivera, Family Coach

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WORKSHOP 2

April 28, 2022

Support System and Patient

Pathophysiology of Screens and Brain Function - Brianna Riddlebarger, PA-C

Neuromechanics of Screens - Britten Devereux, LAADC

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WORKSHOP 3

May 12, 2022

Support System and Patient

Effective Communication with Providers  - Narges Maududi, LCSW

Nutrition & Mood - Szu Yu Liu, R.D.

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WORKSHOP 4

May 26, 2022

Support System and Patient

Intergenerational Trauma - Narges Maududi, LCSW

Mental Illness and Healing in the Family - Tom Breen, Guest Speaker 

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WORKSHOP 5

June 9, 2022

Support System and Patient

Building Support & Why it is Imperative - Narges Maududi, LCSW

Barriers to Treatment - Jennifer Kohlenberger, Peer Guest Speaker

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WORKSHOP 6

June 23, 2022

Support System and Patient

Preparing for Discharge - Narges Maududi, LCSW

What now? - Anh Schlingman, ASW

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Family Resources

It is no small feat to take on mental illness and go through an intensive program without tools, community, and support. When a loved one experiences symptoms of mental illness and/or addiction, families start to support them and most often without information, education, community or other important resources.

Our family resources have been researched, vetted to ensure they are helpful for any family. Age, diagnosis, class, creed, gender, length of time in chronic illness … are secondary to applying these proven tools. Families will relieve themselves of stigma, receive encouragement and unite around education and solutions.

Here are resources we recommend: 

Books

Our reading list is comprehensive from integrative psychiatry to mental health support. These books will help enlighten and educate you to be your most improved and optimum self. Knowledge is not just power but a tool while you and your loved one are committed to mental, physical and emotional health.

Coping Skills

There are many apps that can help learn and practice coping skills. It is imperative that you treat and implement these coping skills routinely and consistently as preventive practices. Imagine you are having an anxiety or panic attack or in crisis, now imagine yourself reaching out for a piece of paper/book/journal or some app to do a guided meditation, breathing exercise or other coping skill you know about, it is almost impossible to do them effectively let alone remembering to reach out for them. This is why it is important that you practice them daily multiple times to ensure they become habitual and automatic.

Consistent practices will lead to less frequent and shorter episodes of anxiety, depression, and prevent extreme reactions and emotional dysregulation. You will be calmer and more stable in your mind, body, and improve your focus and concentration to be more present and productive.

Apps You Can Find in the Android Play Store or Apple App Store:

Self Help Workshops:

What We Practice: