Helping families navigate the journey ahead of them
We believe that our adolescent clients stand a much better chance of enjoying lifelong healing when they have the support of their families. And we know that when a child is struggling with a mental health issue, the entire family is affected. Our support begins from the very first phone call, and continues for as long as a family needs it.
Healing past wounds paves the way to a brighter future
When your child is struggling, it can leave you feeling scared, confused and helpless. Our experienced staff that are here to support your entire family through this process. Our non-judgmental, non-invasive approach allows for families to take a step back from the chaos and begin the healing process that will continue long after treatment is completed.
For true progress to take place, each family member must understand and own their part. Family First Adolescent Services invites families to put in the necessary work on themselves to establish or re-establish a deep and stable connection their loved ones. This will create a healthier mode of family interaction that is grounded in boundaries and trust. Working simultaneously to heal past wounds paves the way for a brighter future.
During weekly family therapy calls, parents will receive assignments based on the issues identified in their family system. Family members may also receive referrals to local resources such as therapy or community based support groups so they can independently work on themselves. Families are also invited to our intensive onsite three day Parent Interaction Program.
As our adolescent clients work on their treatment assignments, we ask families to do the same. The assignments below are designed to coincide with the work that your child is completing.
“About You” Questionnaire
The goal of this exercise is for our clinical team to get to know you quickly as we have a limited time with you and your child. This self-reflective questionnaire will help us get a full picture of you as a person instead of the role in the family system that you have had to maintain while your child has been in crisis.
NARM Survival Styles Self-Assessment
The environment we grow up in shapes our responses to everyday experiences in the present, particularly if certain needs were not met in early life. Dr. Laurence Heller, creator of NARM, terms these tendencies ‘Survival Styles,’ the mechanisms we used to manage our experience. Here is an opportunity to learn about your Survival Styles at this point in your life.
The love letter is a template that helps parents communicate fully with their child. Often times, parents have been engaged in crisis with their child before coming to our program and communication has been limited and focused on the problems at hand. This letter helps you identify and express the full spectrum of emotions that are attached to your relationship with your child.
Parents attend the Parent InterAction Program and review the ways that their perceptions, communication, and behavior need to be remodeled in the home. By this time, you and your child should have different insights on the family system and what it is that you are wanting for yourselves moving forward. After program, you and your child will go on a leave of absence together and share some time outside of the therapeutic setting.
Creation Of Discharge Plan
At this point, you will receive a discharge plan that outlines the continuing care recommendations for both you and your child. This plan includes treatment recommendations, boundaries in the home that you’ve helped create, and consequences that are parent-driven if your child isn’t able to maintain appropriate behavior after treatment.
Parent For a Parent
At this time, we will ask you if you would be willing to provide support for families once your child discharges.
PARENT INTERACTION PROGRAM
When one member of the family is struggling with mental health, substance use, or behavioral health issues, the entire family is affected. Treatment at Family First Adolescent Services also embraces parents and guardians in a healing process.
Our three-day Parent Interaction Program focuses on the deeper issues within the dynamic of the family system. During the program, parents experiencing similar issues work together to identify attitudes and behaviors that can help shift the family towards greater health and well-being.
Family members engage in Experiential Group Therapy such as psychodrama or role-playing, and expressive art therapy. We also explore information about addiction, shame, codependence and discipline through interactive presentations. Family members have daily homework assignments tailored to their specific family dynamics.