What is a Therapeutic Interventionist in Arizona
We would hope that all relationships between children and their parents would be positive. However, there are cases involving a serious disruption to the relationship between a parent and his or her children. This can occur for many reasons and is not an entirely uncommon problem for parents going through a divorce.
At times, it may be the parent’s own fault because of his or her actions against the other parent or the children themselves. At other times, it could be the result of a child taking on a parent’s anger at the other parent causing the child too either not want to spend much if any time with the other parents.
A Therapeutic Interventionist (TI) is a mental health professional who provides counseling to the parents and their children to resolve these problems in an effort to normalize each parent’s time spent with the children. In some cases, the TI may be called upon to assist the children in adjusting to a graduated increase in parenting time ordered by the court over a specific period of time.
How is A Therapeutic Interventionist Different Than a Normal Counselor
A regular counselor approaches treatment as the goal without the very specific goal of assisting in the transition from very little to no time being spent with the other parent to a more graduated parenting time schedule. As such, the counselor may not even meet with the parents or at least not on as regular a basis as a TI.
A regular therapist may, instead, focus on helping the child cope with his or her situation. Most therapists also do not make recommendations to the Court whereas a TI will issue one or more reports to the court regarding the status of the children’s adjustments to increases in parenting time.
Which Should You Use in Your Arizona Child Custody Case
There are advantages and drawbacks on whether you should use a counselor or TI in your case. The answer depends on many different factors. The choice to use a counselor or a TI will very likely have a significant impact on how your case progresses. This is one of those questions that really need to be answered after your Arizona child custody attorneys learn about what you are trying to accomplish in your case.
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Chris Hildebrand wrote this article to ensure everyone has access to information about family law in Arizona. Chris is a divorce and family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and, quite frankly, actually caring about what his clients are going through in a divorce or family law case. In short, his practice is defined by the success of his clients. He also manages all of the other attorneys at his firm to make sure the outcomes in their clients’ cases are successful as well.