OVERCOMING BARRIERS FAMILY CAMP:A PROGRAM FOR HIGH-CONFLICT DIVORCED FAMILIES WHERE A CHILD IS RESISTING CONTACT WITH A PARENT

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peggieward@comcast.net

Abstract

Overcoming Barriers Family Camp is an innovative program designed to treat separating and divorced families where a child is resisting contact or totally rejecting a parent. Both parents, significant others, and children participate in a 5-day family camp experience that combines psycho-education and clinical intervention in a safe, supportive milieu. This article describes the components of the program, from referrals to intake to aftercare. Evaluation immediately following the camp experience is provided for the camps that ran in 2008 and 2009, and 6-month follow-up interview information is provided for the 2008 camp program as well as 1-month follow-up about the initiation of aftercare with the 2009 families. A discussion of the strengths and challenges of this approach with entrenched, high-conflict family systems concludes the article.

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