The Family was founded by Dr. David F. Allen in 2008. The People Helping People program is based upon his Contemplative Discovery Pathway Theory. The program offers individual and group counseling throughout New Providence in the Bahamas. The Family addresses such issues as anger, grief, addictions, and violent crime. If you are in the area, come visit and be a part of The Family.
The Family supports Mark Beckford’s basketball program with the Bahamian youth. “We see people every week whose lives are radically changing before our very eyes,” said Dr. Allen. “We have evidence to show decreases in anger, violence, revenge and loneliness. We have also seen increases in self-esteem, commitment to community, forgiveness and gratitude.”
"The whole idea is to go to the place of pain," Andre said. The themes and ideals for The Family project are "Change Your Mind, Change Your Life, Change Your World" and "Jaw Jaw Stops War War'," according to Dr. Allen. "If we can encourage people to talk to others and see that there is a support system that cares about them and wants them in a positive way, we can make a difference in major way."
Dr. Allen describes how social fragmentation creates victims of shame, who become destructive to themselves, others, and their community. In the re-socialization process through the group therapy, persons are liberated from being victims of shame to being open to positive emotions, forgiveness, and gratitude.