Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, a private facility for substance abuse, eating disorders, and severe depression, has named Stan Selinger, PhD, as its new Family Therapy Coordinator.
This represents a natural progression for Selinger after nearly five years of continuous contribution to the residents at Timberline Knolls and over 30 years of experience within the field.
Selinger has been a part of Timberline Knolls since its inception, specializing and developing the individual, adolescent and family therapy treatment programs. He has always championed the importance of family involvement in the recovery process.
"Families are one of the most powerful resources available to individuals in their recovery," he said. "At Timberline Knolls, family therapy emphasizes the whole system of interpersonal relationships in a resident's life."
All family members influence those in need of healing, according to Selinger. "Family members can learn better ways to interact with each other," he explained. In family therapy at Timberline Knolls, family roles, rules, boundaries and behavior patterns are explored and discussed.
"This helps families identify their strengths and weaknesses, leading to a discovery of abilities to function in healthier ways," Selinger added. "Not only does the resident go through a recovery process, but the family also will go through their own recovery."
Following the Family Assessment, the entire family is brought together for Family Therapy sessions. In addition, Selinger co-developed and co-facilitates the Multi-Family Group program, where families learn and discuss significant issues and are supported by hearing how other families go through the recovery processes. He also oversees the Family Dynamic Group where residents learn about issues related to families and how to better relate to their own.
Highly regarded by his colleagues, Selinger has presented at many professional conferences, been published in professional journals and presented extensively. Having been in private practice for more 30 years, his areas of expertise include: eating disorders, substance abuse, self harm, suicide behavior, trauma, precocious development, Biblical psychotherapy, the family communications, creative discipline, group dynamics, relaxation responses and individuation and attachment issues.