LAUREN M. MACNEILL
JD, MSW, LCSW
Family Reintegration Therapy Intake Form
Family Reintegration Therapy Consent Form
Family Reintegration Therapy Appointment Order
The resources below include a guidebook for parents seeking to establish or reestablish a relationship with their children, a book by experts in the resist-refuse dynamic which describes the systemic contributors and specific actions each parent can take to aid in repair and healing, a documentary in which real families describe the long term effects of ruptured relationships between children and parents, and a tool for measuring progress in resist-refuse cases with measures for each parent and for the children.
Key Information Before Hiring Me
PLEASE NOTE: if you are considering hiring or appointing me as your reintegration therapist, and you are represented by an attorney, please share the content of this page with your attorney, and any other person who is helping with your case, such as a children's attorney, parent coordinator, custody evaluator, or therapists working with any member of the family. For this therapy to be successful, the professionals involved must agree to work collaboratively together in support of the children having healthy relationships with both parents.
I work pursuant to a court order which orders the parents into family reintegration therapy and appoints me as the therapist.
I only accept cases where both parents agree that it is in the children's best interest to have healthy relationships with both parents.
I only accept cases where the children are already exercising parenting time with both parents, or there is a step-up parenting plan entered which begins with the current parenting time (including none) and contains incremental steps toward re-established parenting time (the shared parenting time schedule which will be in place following successful work in family therapy).
I work with the entire family, not just the child or child who are resisting contact and the resisted parent. That means I work with both parents, all children, members of each parents household, and extended family members where appropriate.
This work requires each parent and the children to examine and often change beliefs, emotional responses and behaviors in order to support the treatment goals. You must be willing to make change in order for this work to be successful.
I am willing to bill insurance in these cases if it is clinically supported. Please speak with me further if you wish to explore this option.
Monthly Facilitated Peer Support Group
I offer a monthly, facilitated, psycho-educational and peer support group for parents who have experienced separation from or reduced time with their children due to the children resisting or refusing contact with them, usually post-parental separation. Resisted parents are at risk of significantly increased anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and other stressors. The group exists to help similarly-situated parents support one another while they participate in the family reintegration process. Participation in the group is limited to my clients. If you are the resisted parent and are interested in joining the group, please let me know.