Family First Adolescent Services offers a variety of programming options for families and their loved ones. Residential treatment, coupled with Educational and Family Programming, as well as our Intensive Outpatient programming, we have the right options to fit every family's needs.
Family First Adolescent Services is a safe and supportive environment, that provides innovative and evidence-based clinical treatment.
Family First Adolescent Services engages the entire family in a process of healing through programming tailored to families.
Family First Adolescent Services views continuing education as a vital part of the treatment process and crucial for helping teens return to normal life.
Continuing care, or aftercare, is a plan for ongoing clinical support and assistance to clients and families as they transition to a lower level of care after our program.
We help clients & families build the foundation for lasting change. The Family First Residential Program is a safe, supervised, and supportive environment for teenage boys to fully engage in therapy and begin to shift their lives.
Family First Adolescent Services Property
We provide specialized programming and cutting-edge clinical treatment informed by evidence-based research. This takes place in a comfortable home-like environment that includes intensive group and individual therapy as well as educational support in a dedicated school setting. Our clean, modern, and well-appointed facilities are located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. These properties provide a quiet and peaceful place for adolescent boys to fully engage in the transformative process of treatment.
Family First House (Residential Teen Rehab)
Please note that we want to insure the safety of your child. Potential clients that are experiencing active delusions, hallucinations, or suicidal/homicidal intentions will be referred to the appropriate level of care before entering our program. Please call admissions staff to clarify if this does or does not apply to your loved one.
A Balance Of Treatment, Education, & Community
A balance of treatment, education, and community, support young men to make lasting changes. Family First Adolescent Services provides vital programs for families, helping them to overcome the fear, frustration, and anxiety that comes with watching their child struggle. The same feelings that in the past may have made parents feel isolated and alone can be a powerful, unifying force in an environment that validates and supports parents in pain.
The Long Term Solution
Residential treatment is not a “quick fix” for your son or your family. As an ethical and reputable treatment provider, Family First Adolescent Services helps teenage boys and their families gain valuable insight on how to begin treating the emotional, mental, and behavioral patterns that have disrupted the family system. Our clients learn to process the emotional issues and early childhood traumas that have been blocking personal growth. In this way, our families begin the individual and collective healing process. Providing a space for families to gain new tools, awareness, and stronger relationships, the journey toward long term success is then sustainable.
We provide one year of free follow up care through the Family First Alumni Program in order to be a part of that journey and assist where we can.
“A healer is not someone you go to for healing. A healer is someone that triggers within you, your own ability to heal yourself.”
We Recommend Bringing:
- 7-10 T Shirts
- 4-5 Pairs Shorts
- 1-2 Pairs Pants
- Swim Suit
- Athletic wear
- Shoes & socks
- Sandals, Flip Flops
- Casual footwear
- Light Rain Jacket
- Non-Alcoholic Toiletries
- Gov Issued Photo
- Tobacco & tobacco related products
- Cash, Debit/Credit cards
- Gaming systems, Tablet or Personal Computer
- Mobile phone
- Caffeinated Products
- Protein powders/supplements of any kind
Helping Families Navigate The Journey Ahead Of Them
We understand that when your child is struggling, it can leave you feeling scared, confused and helpless. We have an 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 therapy in their home area so that they can independently work on themselves. In addition, community based support groups may be recommended as well as our 3-day Parent InterAction Program.
As 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.
In collaboration with parents, schools, and the treatment team, our Family First Adolescent Services academic team customize educational plans for each student. Plans are developed to meet the learning styles and circumstances unique to our clients. Our education planning process encompasses a variety of educational tracks that can be facilitated solely or in combination with each other. The tracks focus on graduation requirements, college and career readiness, personal development, professional development, and executive function skills.
High School Graduation Track
- Current High School/Virtual School Curriculums
- Palm Beach County Hospital Homebound Program*
- Home Education Curriculums**
- Curriculum Baseline Assessments and Skill Building
- Dual Enrollment with Palm Beach State College***
- *Dwyer High School Enrollment must be established for out of county students.
- **Florida Virtual School enrollment can be made possible for out of state students by establishing Palm Beach County residency based on our inpatient home addresses.
- **Students must be an established student with the Palm Beach County School District and be able to commit to the time frame classes are offered within. Online classes are the only option for our students to enroll in this program.
- Students younger than 16 are placed in the Plato Academy GED Prep Course
- Students 16+ establish an account on www.ged.com*
- Students 18+ will take the official GED Ready Practice Exams to learn what/if they need to build their skills on. When ready, they may schedule their examination dates in collaboration with when FFAS staff can arrange transportation.**
- Students 16-17 will need to follow the underage guidelines for their county of residence. Out of state students may apply for a FL ID by establishing Palm Beach County residency based on our inpatient home addresses.
- *Student addresses must match what is on their state issued photo ID. If a student does not have an ID, they will be assisted with obtaining one.
- **Testing fees are required.
College Readiness Track
- ACT Prep
- SAT Prep
- PERT Prep
- Scholarship Research
- Common Application and Essay Writing Assistance
- FAFSA Application Assistance
- Arrangements can be made to provide students with tours of local colleges and to set up meetings with Academic Advisors.
Career Readiness Track
- Career Explorations Course
- Florida Shines website Enrollment and Assignments
- ASVAB Test Preparation
- Resume Writing
- Interview Preparation
- Mock Interview with Academic Case Manager
- Meetings with Military Recruitment Officers can be arranged when applicable.
Professional Development Track
- Students have the option to select online courses in a variety of subject areas including but not limited to Business Management, Computer Science, Data and Statistics, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Humanities, and Second Language Learning.
- *Course Fees Required
Personal Development Track
- Personal Development Track
- Personal Adjustment Course*
- Individual Development Project**
- *Taught by one of our Family First Certified Mental Health Counselors, this course covers major components of personal growth.
- **A self reflection activity encompassing expressing oneself through art,
- identifying values, building self-esteem, and goal setting.
Executive Function Skill Development Track
Based on the book “The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success” by Peg Dawson, EdD and Richard Guare, PhD Encompasses activities such as identifying Executive Function strengths and weaknesses, environmental modifications, and creating an Action Plan to overcome weakness areas.
When clients complete the Family First Adolescent Services residential program, our continuing care program plans for the next steps by helping teens and their families transition back into their home environment.
Residential programs lay a solid foundation for the work ahead, allowing clients to begin addressing the underlying issues and developing tools, attitudes, and behaviors to support positive growth.
What Is Continuing Care?
Continuing care, or aftercare, is a plan for ongoing clinical support and assistance to clients and families as they transition to a lower level of care after our program. It begins early in a client’s stay and is a collaboration between our clinical team and the family as we track each teens progress.
Continuing care plans are always customized to each individual’s unique circumstances and needs, as well as their locale. Our recommendations generally include a referral to the most appropriate next step, such as a therapeutic boarding school, extended care program, an intensive outpatient program, or a therapist. In this way, we can provide our client with “wrap-around” treatment that supports the work he has already done and gives him the opportunity to apply his new skills to the real world.
Continuing Care Recommendations
For clients who are local to Palm Beach Gardens, FL, we recommend continued treatment through Family First Adolescent Service’s Intensive Outpatient Program. Here, clients will continue to see a therapist and participate in three weekly groups.
All of our clients and families have our continued support throughout this transition. Our Alumni Coordinator contacts the client and his parents/guardians by phone within 24 hours of their scheduled appointment for aftercare.
We follow up with weekly check-ins for the first month then monthly for up to 12 months or more. Our alumni team will ask about any concerns or issues during this transition that we might be able to help with, and discuss what to expect in the first weeks and months of step-down. We’ll also call to celebrate milestones and to invite former clients and sometimes families to special alumni events.
Intensive Outpatient Program
Family First Adolescent Services provides on-going care on a flexible schedule that allows clients to return to school or begin work.Read More
Ongoing check-ins and support by phone for clients and their parents for up to a year or more after their discharge from our residential program.Read More