Education keeps his doors open
Written by Family First Adolescent Services,
in Section Family Resources
The average teenager is dealing with pressure from all sides—from parents, teachers, and coaches, as well as their friends. They worry about their future, about college or career, and about relationships.
Teens who are struggling with mental health, behavioral health, substance use or problematic gaming, also have to worry about what will happen to their school work while they take a step back to deal with their current difficulties.
The choice to get him help shouldn’t be complicated by the dilemma of having to leave school.
Teens who have been struggling for some time in school have often already fallen behind. For some, the road to healing could take months; they could miss a significant amount of school while they are engaging a healing process.
We know how crushing it can feel to be fresh out of treatment, feeling healthy and equipped with a wealth of coping skills and recovery tools, but to have also fallen so far behind in school it feels like you’ll never catch up.
Education and treatment are equally important
We’ve designed an educational program that prioritizes his your child’s studies as a close second to his healing. We believe that parents and teens should never be forced to choose between a child’s health and his education.
Why is this so important? We’re experts in teen treatment because we understand the unique circumstances and needs of adolescent clients. A strong foundation of mental health support is going to be vital to his long-term healing. Our educational program ensures that teenagers leaving treatment can fully enjoy being healthy without falling behind.
A specialized team of education experts supports each client
Just as we have clinical experts working with your teen in his individual and group therapy sessions, we have educational experts who work with your teen every day throughout his stay to help him work through his studies.
Lisa Knapp M. Ed, our Director of Education, is a published lesson plan writer for Florida’s educational collaborative platform, CPALMS and certified as a Clinical Education Instructor. In partnership with EdOptions faculty and staff, Lisa is able to help each student and family develop a personalized education plan based on their unique circumstances and needs.
Helping teens keep up with (and sometimes surpass) their classmates while they’re in treatment with us is crucial for not only returning to his normal life after treatment, but for building his self-esteem and self-worth, keeping all his doors and options open to him.
Dedicated time and space for education
Each education plan we create is different depending on the client’s current stats and goals. The common goal is to help him complete his schooling; some choose to continue their studies to the post-secondary level, and we can provide that support as well.
We first assess how your son is performing in his current school. Our Baseline Assessment helps us evaluate where he’s already succeeding, and where he needs help and support to ensure he can move on to the next grade or graduation. We enroll him in coursework that reflects his needs, and our Educational Coordinators work with each client to help him set and meet his goals. Our expectation is that he will complete any assignments necessary for his course modules. Each client will get as much personalized attention as he needs to successfully complete his coursework.
Because we value education as a very close second to treatment, we keep these two elements totally separate from each other. We provide consistent updates to parents about their teen’s progress in his studies; they’ll receive another update from their teen’s primary therapist to talk about this progress through treatment. In this way, parents and educators can thoroughly discuss his status without any ongoing confusion.
Teens build self-confidence and self-esteem by successfully completing important goals
Your teen’s education is as important as the Base Clinical work he does with his primary therapist, and the Focus Weeks he will engage in as part of his group and experiential therapy.
In addition to helping adolescents address and heal trauma and other complicated issues, we’re helping teens build self-confidence and self-esteem by successfully completing important goals.
Mental and behavioral health issues, and substance use disorders, and treatment in general, can carry a certain stigma. Helping teens to heal, to feel successful at school, and to have a new approach to relationships, can give a teen the confidence to help him side-step any feelings of stigmatization.
We’re only scratching the surface here. We’d love to talk to you more about our Educational Program and the rest of our treatment regimen at Family First Adolescent Services. Call us for your complimentary consultation at (561) 328-7370.