Julie Jarvis, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of substance use disorders as well as mood and anxiety disorders for over 20 years. Dr. Jarvis obtained her PhD in clinical psychology from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, and went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in Addictions Psychology from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Jarvis has worked with individuals, groups, couples and families in a variety of treatment settings, including outpatient, intensive outpatient, and long term residential care. Dr. Jarvis serves as a consulting psychologist for CMC:FFC, a non-profit organization providing evidence-based skills training to family members who have a loved one struggling with substance use issues.
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I do this work because of the parents and family members suffering deeply from the effects of addiction. Many lack access to evidence based skills and non-judgmental support. I am incredibly grateful to be able to share information with people far and wide about the ways they can support their loved ones while also caring for themselves.
I always walk away from trainings deeply moved and inspired. The moments that stick out the most are when parents come back and share the ways they used the skills learned with their own family. It is even more impactful when they mention noting an immediate difference! It can’t get any better than that.
I would tell them to never give up. This is hard work and there will be times when it feels like your efforts are not working and you want to give up. If you can hold on through those tough moments, amazing things can happen! Even through difficulty, parents should know that they will feel better after handling a situation in a way that allows their child to feel loved – that alone is a tremendous gift.