Just a Parent

By Jennifer Griffis, author of “Parenting with Hope” blog series August 2017  Join us as Jen shares her experience at the 13th annual TCOM Conference in San Antonio, TX this past fall. — As I walked up to the conference registration table, a feeling of inadequacy began tugging at the corners of my mind. “I don’t belong here.”  I thought. “Everyone else has so much more knowledge and experience. I’m just a parent.” This wasn’t an unfamiliar feeling. I’d felt it at most of our intake appointments and treatment planning meetings for… Read More

24 and Counting

My son shared his story in the last post. I would like to share parts of this same story from a parent’s perspective. Raising a child with mental illness is not an experience I anticipated I would be adding to my resume. And just like Emily Perl Kingsley’s essay, Welcome to Holland, I found myself perplexed as to how I had planned for Italy and landed in Holland instead. Holland is not Italy and yet, when you look around, you find beautiful tulips and intriguing windmills. Reflecting back, it’s as if we… Read More

Advocating for the Appropriate Level of Care

Parenting with hope through the hard places by Jennifer Griffis. Visit the homepage for the full series! — I drove 70 miles to attend this meeting in person. My husband adjusted his work schedule so he could call into the meeting, and my mother-in-law was in the waiting room of the office entertaining a couple of our other kiddos who had traveled with me. We’d been given the impression that today’s treatment team meeting was simply a formality, the final step in approving funding for services which other professionals had already determined… Read More