Many of the families I work with, have trouble communicating effectively. If one member of the family is struggling with a mental health issue or an addiction, it’s common for communication to be further stunted.
Learning how to communicate more clearly and more respectfully can help avoid the bad feelings that go along with fighting and arguing and helps the entire family start to feel better.
Active listening is an essential part of effective communication with others, and all communication needs effective listening. One of the essential exercises we do in the multifamily groups I run in is in active listening. The families that are engaged with this process and who use this skills, I believe, see great progress over a short amount of time.