Pam Jones, PhD

Trainer

Dr. Jones is an experienced Clinical psychologist who has worked with individuals struggling with a variety of mental health concerns by integrating psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness and stress reduction techniques. She trained at Payne Whitney of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Gravie Square Hospital. Dr. Jones has worked on staff at New York University’s Program in Reproductive Surgery and Assisted Reproductive Technology working with individuals and couples. She is currently training to obtain a certificate in psychoanalysis at NYU’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Jones is a clinical supervisor for Pace University’s clinical psychology doctoral program.

She also serves as a board member of New York – Peer Health Exchange (PHE), a non-for profit-organization that trains college-age volunteers to teach a skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country.

Q&A

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There are few evidence-based treatment options for those with substance use disorders, and even less for their families. The Invitation to Change Approach is a method that I have seen be extremely beneficial for families because it provides concepts and skills to help a family convey important messages to their loved ones. Connection is key to countering substance use and mental health problems: we all need to feel known, accepted, and cared for. Families begin to understand the behaviors that drive their loved one’s substance use and then learn how to invite change through behavioral and communication strategies.

I am proud to be part of a mission that helps families know there is a way, a compassionate way, to reduce isolation, despair, and shame while increasing connection, acceptance, and willingness.

There is a profound shift that happens when parents begin to look at substance use from their loved one’s perspective, instead of their own or society’s. Parents feel compassion for their child in a new way and gain a deeper understanding of the reasons why their child continues to seek substances. It is an impactful “aha” moment that is central to the training.

Be patient with yourself.

Your self-care and self-awareness are both key in staying the course throughout the entire process of change. Change is hard and takes time! Remember your willingness and continue to practice, practice, practice – something ever so useful for your loved one.