Frequently Asked Questions
Interventions depend on the number of days the family participates and the number of therapists involved. An estimated fee schedule is attached.
For participation in the rejected parent-child intervention, a court order granting custody to the rejected parent combined with an interim suspension of contact with the favored parent is required.
The objective of the CIC is to advise family members and respective counsel, and in some cases the court, based on the information received, if your family may benefit from participation in the FMF Multi-Day Intervention or therapy approach.
A comprehensive custody/access assessment is not conducted. Accordingly, the results of the CIC and any related observations or opinions should not be construed as recommendations pertaining to the custody (decision making authority), access (parenting time), or "best interests" of the child(ren).
Although we rely on the totality of all information obtained, the objective of the CIC is not to reassess or critique an existing custody/access assessment (s.30 or s.112 investigation) or any other professional reports or professional recommendations. We do not reassess the veracity of allegations previously investigated or assessed. We work under the assumption that the court, the child protection agency, the child custody assessor or the Office of the Children's Lawyer (OCL) has taken into consideration the allegations brought forth by the parents and child(ren).
The consultation is based on several sources of information, including:
- the Parent Referral Application form;
- comprehensive intake questionnaires completed by each parent;
- contact with legal counsel;
- individual intake meetings with each parent;
- joint meeting with the parents;
- possible meeting with the child(ren) (at the discretion of the clinician);
- possible meeting with the child(ren) and one or both parents (at the discretion of the clinician);
- review of collateral information (by way of reviewing reports or direct contact) with relevant professionals who are currently involved, or have been previously involved with the family (e.g., assessors, therapists, physicians, child protection workers, etc.); and,
- review of court documents and court orders.
When considering a family for this intervention, we are guided by the principle of "do no harm", and consideration of the clinical benefits that may occur for the child(ren) and parents. At a minimum, whether endorsed by a court finding or the consent of both parents, the intervention is guided by the principle that irrespective of the nature of the parent-child contact problem, it is in the child(ren)'s best interests to have a good relationship with both parents, for the strained relationship to be repaired, and for there to be better overall family functioning. In the absence of an agreement about this essential principle, the family will need to seek services elsewhere to determine what is in the child(ren)'s best interests where parenting time with the resisted parent is concerned.
The decision to move forward with the FMF Multi-Day Intervention following the Clinical Intake Consultation will be dependent upon our clinical assessment − based on the information obtained − of whether both parents are likely to comply with court orders and service agreements, demonstrate a willingness and commitment to therapy, and irrespective of the cause of the problem, to have the ability to accept responsibility for the solution and demonstrate the reflective capacity for change.
It is important for parents and child(ren) (and therapists) to get a good night's sleep and FMF clinicians will do their utmost to promote this. Prior to the intervention we query what time the child(ren) usually go to bed and we plan each day accordingly. The intervention day tends to run from about 8:30 or 9am - 8pm; this includes time for breakfast, lunch and dinner, breaks, recreational time during the day and an evening activity.
Once the child(ren) are settled into bed, the therapists will convene to plan and prepare for the next day based on what happened earlier throughout the day. Sometimes, the parents are assigned homework to complete after the child(ren) are in bed. There may be some brief work with one therapist and one or both parents together after the child(ren) are in bed. Please see the Overview of Family Therapy Intervention
Typically, the minimum age required for a child to participate in a Families Moving Forward intervention is eight (8) years old. In some cases where there are older children the youngest child may be somewhat younger than eight (8) years. Decisions about this will depend upon the unique aspects of each referral, and will be made during the intake phase.