As a multisystemic therapist, Frances Jean [MDiv Clinical Counselling 2015] meets with families on the verge of breakdown. Parents who have tried to manage their child’s destructive behaviour are at their wit’s end. They feel that the only choice left for them is to give their child to foster care. These youth often have antisocial attitudes, immense anxiety and recurrent nightmares. Frances offers support to their parents and works to stabilize the home.
It is an “intrusive” type of therapy – the family must put a lot of trust in Frances to allow her to enter their home and see the chaos. She observes where youths have punched through walls and the explosive arguments, but she also sees the transformation. It is not a linear process, and instead goes up and down and back again. Families who have struggled with their child for so long are often shocked by any positive change. For Frances, seeing the reconciliation between family members is very rewarding.
The skill labs at Tyndale Seminary were essential to Frances’ development as a therapist. In her work, she uses creativity and language to help families think in new ways. Tyndale taught her to be compassionate and see from a fresh perspective. She loves being fully present for people. “Sometimes it is the first time they feel listened to. It’s healing for them.”