True healing takes a family. That belief has informed Guy Diamondʼs work with depressed and suicidal teenagers for more than two decades. “Parents have an instinctual need to take care of their kids, and kids have an instinctual need to turn to their parents for help and comfort when theyʼre in trouble,” says Diamond, PhD, who moved his Center for Family Intervention Science to Drexel in 2013.
TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION
Since moving to Drexel, the Center for Family Intervention Science has grown larger and more multidisciplinary, seeking to spur faculty collaborations and engagement with the community while helping to prepare the next generation of family intervention scientists. “Iʼve also been involved a lot with the national conversation about how to integrate behavioral health services into primary care medical centers,” Diamond says.
A SACRED PLACE
Diamond says his approach to family-centered therapy continues to affect him in profound ways.
“Thereʼs a sacred moment in our therapy where, suddenly, people drop their defensiveness and drop their guardedness and speak from a more vulnerable, honest place about pain or about love,” Diamond says. “And Iʼm crying in every session when that happens. It still moves me, it still feels like Iʼm in a sacred place with people.”