Q. Is Family Coaching covered by insurance?
A. Unfortunately, ICM services are private pay only at this time.
Q. Does each participating family member pay their own fee for Coaching?
A. Coaching services are not billed per person. We have a flat program fee which includes all family members.
Q. How are fees for coaching structured? What does it include?
A. Our initial fee includes intake/assessment, six family coaching sessions, and topic literature/assignments.
Q. Do you offer a discount or sliding scale?
A. Clients who wish to continue Family Coaching after the initial six meetings will be offered a discounted rate. We can consider a sliding scale in certain instances. We offer discounted rates for Military families, veterans, and front line healthcare workers.
Q. What types of issues are your coaching staff skilled at helping us with?
A. Our coaches have vast experience in the areas of addiction, eating disorders, mental health, and trauma.
Q. What other types of situations can coaching be helpful for?
A. Families in the the midst of change can benefit from coaching. This can include divorce or separation, grief/loss, medical issues/chronic pain, adult children living at home again,etc.
Q. Can a family do coaching even if the loved one we are concerned about will not agree to participate?
A. Yes, the family member can choose to participate, or not. Coaching is geared towards family dynamics and relationship strengthening as a unit, and is not focused on one particular family member.
Q. How long are coaching sessions, and how frequently do we have them?
A. Coaching sessions are 60 minutes in length. Suggested frequency is weekly or every other week.
Q. How are coaching sessions facilitated?
A. All sessions are facilitated by the designated coach via Zoom.
Q. Is there a minimum or maximum number of family members that need to participate.
A. The minimum number of family members is two, the maximum is 8.
Q. Our family works with a therapist, will Coaching replace this? Will it interfere?
A. Absolutely not. Coaching is not family therapy though if you are working with a therapist or family counselor and you would like us to collaborate with him or her we welcome the collaboration and are happy to do so.
Q. Do I have to be a current client of ICM Associates to participate in Family Coaching?
A. No, Family Coaching Services are open to all families and need not be a client of ICM. (Receiving other services)
Q. Can our family request a specific Family Coach?
A. Yes, if you have a preference for a specific Family Coach we will make every effort to accommodate your request. However, each Family Coach has varying availability so a specific request cannot be guaranteed.
Q. It is mentioned that each Coaching session has a specific topic. What are the topics? How are topics selected? What if the topics are not applicable to our specific family needs?
A. A list of common topics (not all inclusive) are listed below. Recommendations for topics are made by the families designated Coach based upon the initial intake and assessments. However, the topics are ultimately chosen by the family. Most families will find several topics (below) to be relevant or applicable to them though if additional or specific topics are needed, this can be accommodated. Additionally, during the course of the sessions, different topic needs may emerge. Topic choices are flexible and fluid. Please see example list below:
Healthy and Effective Communication and Skill Building
Creative Problem Solving
Boundary and Limit Setting
Family Relapse Prevention Plan
Mindfullness and Staying Present
Guilt and Shame
Creating Family Routines/Clarifying Values
Socializing Without Substances
*** List is not inclusive ***
Q. If I have a client/family I am considering referring to ICM Associates for Family a Coaching but I have questions, who should I contact?
A. If you have general questions, please contact our program coordinator Tina Campana. If the question is about clinical appropriateness, please contact Kate Caravella.
Q. I am a family therapist and I’m concerned that if I refer a family for Coaching that services may overlap. How would this be handled?
A. Family Coaching is not therapy and it is designed to compliment the work a family is doing in their therapy. As the referring therapist, we will (with consent) collaborate regularly with you and seek your feedback on topic selection and progress. Coaching is a hybrid of psycho education, skills training, and support.
Q. I am a staff member in a family program at a treatment facility. Would a family who recently participated in our program be an appropriate referral for Family Coaching?
A. Absolutely! Family Coaching can be viewed as a continuation of what the family experienced at your program. Follow up services to capitalize on motivation for family recovery is crucial to be able to sustain momentum. Often times family members are unable, unwilling, or not quite ready to attend Alanon or subsequent family therapy. Family coaching is not a replacement for this support, it can assist in continuing to lay the groundwork already established in the family program.
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