How does PBB help?
1. PBB delivers face to peer led support groups that attract people who are otherwise resistant to seeking support
PBB offers supervised peer support that provides help and hope for separated parents and their families. Peer support means being able to talk to people that they can relate to as having also experienced the trauma of similar circumstances (such as arriving home to discover their family gone, or a police officer issuing a restraining order with false accusations and escorting them to a hotel). Clients realise that they are not alone by being able to share their experience with others, and learn how to cope and behave in a calm, rational way to achieve the best results for themselves, their children and former partners.
PBB guides its clients through the grieving process (generally our clients did not see the family breakup coming) which is Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Regardless of our clients being male or female there can be a risk of violence and self-harm and possible suicide. The peer support model used by PBB / Dads in Distress (DIDs) is incredibly powerful to ensure the best outcomes not only for the client but the children and former spouse as well, i.e. all of the family.
The DIDs weekly peer support groups provide a referral network for parents experiencing trauma associated with family breakdown and divorce, and supports them to find a less-adversarial, more cooperative and a child focused approach to family separation. The group engages parents as early as possible in the post separation process leading to more effective help seeking behaviour and a reduction in risk of social and parenting isolation. The meeting format is nationally accredited through the Institute of Group Leaders
2. PBB delivers telephone and online support that listens deeply and hears each client’s story.
This process recognises individuality and encourages in the client a greater sense of belonging, an understanding of choice, and a stronger sense of personal responsibility
Our national telephone Helpline service operates during normal office hours, and is the gateway to supporting separated parents around the country using a peer-support approach. If located near one of our groups our priority is to have them attend the weekly meeting. Alternately we provide a safe place for men to talk through their issues without fear of others finding out, and where relevant refer them to services within their reach. For many callers simply providing an opportunity to be listened to without judgement can be all they need.
All of our services abide by duty of care to only breach confidentiality if there appears to be a serious risk to the life of any person.