A Mother's and Son's Story

Jerome recently received a referral from a GP who felt some of his patient’s symptoms could be treated by addressing her relationship with her son. She lives with chronic pain.

When Jerome reached out to her, she was apprehensive about interacting with a new professional. Jerome was careful about contact, gradually calling her and trying to build a relationship. She kept changing her mind, and Jerome remained patient with her, but there was also an issue with her mobile. Jerome received another call from the woman’s GP to say she mentioned him in their appointment, and when he got back in contact, she was willing to move forward with the FGC.

When they met in person, her worries were alleviated, and they discussed what she would want for an FGC. Jerome was pleased by how flexible the FGC model is; it can change to fit any family situation. The woman wanted two conferences, one with just her son to address the issues in their relationship and a second with her network to gather support for their relationship.

Jerome took her son out to lunch, and he was open to speaking about the relationship from his point of view. In the meeting, they spoke about how they can improve their relationship and quality of life. They discussed what happens when the mother wakes up in pain. Her pain affects her mood. She confessed she takes out her bad mood on her son, and he admitted that he is insensitive when this happens. They agreed to give each other space. She also wants him to do more things for himself, as he relies on her to arrange appointments and events.

They also discussed the son’s confidence; he has done online courses but struggles with face-to-face contact in the workplace. Jerome pointed out that the son has already taken a huge step by engaging with him, building trust with a professional was initially out of his comfort zone. They drew up a list of agreements and put it on the fridge. In a month, they will tweak the points to bring up with the network of the woman’s foster parents and her friend.

For this family the FGC model works like a pebble tossed into a pond, ripples reaching out from a central force, their mother son relationship has improved and prevented the need for Adult Social Care involvement.

Rozeta is a social worker and describes FGC as a great tool. Like a multi-tool that combines utensils such as a nail file and bottle opener into one, the FGC tool is multi-functional.

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