M-PACT And Abusing

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M-PACT was identified as a piece of work needed further to the Hidden Harm Report (2006) on the Misuse of Drugs and Bottling It Up Report (2006) which looked specifically at effects upon families having alcohol abusing parents/carers. Action on Addiction through Families plus set up M-PACT further to these reports. The combined reports identified that substance abuse impacts upon parenting capacity bringing on poorer outcomes for all members of the family. In 2006 it was estimated that between 241,000 and 359,000 young people (YP) in the UK were living with at least one parent/carer who had a serious drug abuse problem and 2.6million children were living with parents abusing alcohol. The reports identified that few YP will escape entirely…show more content…
To work towards this M-PACT looks to provide a trained supply of practitioners/facilitators to deliver M-PACT. In doing so the YP are able to gain access to support and work towards improving the quality of their lives. M-PACT looks at supporting the family systemically, looking at the issues within the family as a whole, not with one individual e.g. a mum who abuses alcohol daily, the YP have to prepare themselves for school, often being late. Systemic therapy is a form of psychotherapy. It addresses behaviour and psychological symptoms within the context of people’s day to day lives and interpersonal relations and interactions. The key guiding principle in systemic therapy is the focus on the system rather than the individual. Claudia Black writes “Change begins with one person. From a systematic viewpoint, when one person changes the way he or she functions within the family system, that system will change” (vi). A family is made up of many parts and personalities, working systemically supports the practitioner to see things from different perspectives, thereby supporting the family to ‘jigsaw’ themselves together and become one workable unit.…show more content…
Each session is delivered flexibly in order to respond to any emerging needs for the families. When working with families, a session can end and all seem o.k. however over the following week issues come to the forefront for which the families have need to work through at the following session. As part of the sessions, it’s important to remember that the families are attending for support and growth. Encouraging this, as an important part of the sessions is the ‘social aspect’; at the beginning of the session and during the break. It has been found that providing food during this time supports the growth of the group as a whole and encourages families to share time
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