School Bully

July 23, 2021

Dear Amudim Family,
School is supposed to be a safe and secure place, yet this is sadly not always the case. Those in authority can make or break the experience a child has in his formative years, which can have lasting ripple effects. Yet as Fred Rogers said, we maintain hope by looking for the “helpers,” those who will do anything to assist someone with finding his way to a better place. 
Yossi’s * parents reached out to Amudim when their son was not progressing in therapy and clearly needed more support. Yossi has six siblings and was always a straight A student; unfortunately, that is where his positive school experience ended. Yossi was consistently bullied by his peers, and instead of helping him, his principal blamed Yossi and physically abused him as well. 
Once he graduated, Yossi was unable to hold down a job due to constant flashbacks; and he saw little improvement in therapy. Yossi continued to dissociate when he spoke about his past, and was still triggered on a constant basis. He was staying with one of his married siblings as it was too difficult to live at home, surrounded by daily reminders of his pain. 
After conducting an intake with Yossi’s parents and reaching out to his therapist with Yossi’s permission, our case manager determined that Yossi needed a more intense level of care. Together, they agreed that the best course of action would be to a residential treatment program. Thankfully, Yossi’s parents were on board, have good insurance, and were even willing to pay out of pocket if necessary. 
Our case manager looked into several options. Yossi did an intake at one facility, but we determined it was not an optimal placement. Two days later, Yossi was assessed by another program and was admitted and began treatment immediately. We continue to communicate with Yossi’s parents, his therapist and treatment team to ensure that Yossi is getting the best care and follow up on his progress. While he has a difficult road ahead, we are optimistic that with the right support, Yossi will find his way past his painful trauma and be able to look ahead to a brighter future. 
If you or someone you know is struggling, contact us anytime. 
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.

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