Therapeutic Notes: Parenting Problems

Anybody else overly consumed with wanting the best for their adult children? Reality is they have to want the best for themselves. You can’t “will” it upon them. My fear is their best is not my best! But why does that bother me so much? 2am thoughts! Why did I wake up with this on my mind? I also miss my Mista! – Chatting with San

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What type of parent do you have, are you experiencing any transference?

  • Acknowledge feelings for their wanting to “heal child” this is a lot of wisdom and a lot of care.
  • Mention that kids don’t always share with parents as some may be difficult- allow them a range of feelings, and space.
  • Let parents know they can talk to you during normal business hours if it’s not an emergency.
  • Kid needs to be hospitalized – ask how they dealt with this in the past. What are the warning signs they need to be taken to emergency room?

How do you deal with parents who want you to be available to child anytime?

  • Safety plan: ie. “Your child seems to overwhelm you.” Parent said another therapist did it, ask how that helped. Summarize what parents said.

Advice from a clinical supervisor Stay flexible- as you get to know your clients and what makes them tick, be careful not to “pigeonhole” them based on information about their culture, religion, family background, spirituality, socioeconomic status, etc. Avoid stereotypes. Be open minded. This allows the social worker to work with a wide variety or range of clients. Clients often feel, “if the social worker accepts me, then I must be okay.”Disclaimer: My blog is to be used for general information, inspirational, and motivational purposes. I share things that I’ve learnt and experienced.  In case of need, do seek help from a professional in the relevant field.

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