All Kinds of News for July 06, 2016
On the 23rd and 24th of June, Elevations held a Family Seminar with the focus on parent, student and sibling relationships. Over 70 participants had a great chance to go and enjoy the natural beauty of Utah and participate in an overnight two-day Family Seminar, in the mountains above Ogden. Families were able to focus their energy on the joys of being a family while completing both naturally occurring and therapeutically orchestrated tasks. As a family, they prepared a Dutch Oven meal, went on a hike, and practiced their emotional regulation and communication skills while setting up their tents. Our students were able to talk about how therapy extends beyond the walls of Elevations and see the growth all members of the family are making in their journey towards a better future. Matt Seelos, LCSW Primary Therapist, says “whether it was playing in the water, a game of “Slammo”, sitting by the fire, listening to and playing guitar, or just lying in the tent talking with their child, it seemed like an irreplaceable experience for all that won't quickly be forgotten.”
Parents were given the opportunity to join their children in assigned community roles which encouraged them to step into new comfort levels and understanding of their child. “Around the campfire, parents and children were invited to share moments of vulnerability, which was both touching and inspiring” says Jennifer Maddock, LMFT. She also states “parents and students agreed that being out in nature helps create a place for growth and strength for themselves individually and as a family.”
Feedback from parents include:
“This was a perfect element to connect” -father
“Learning something new about myself and my child”. - mother
“Wonderful experience, take away all outside distractions and be together” –parents
“Working together and having jobs was an awesome bonding experience” – sibling
Parents and students were able to recognize the goodness of each other that has been disguised by years of problems.
Elevations RTC is a unique residential treatment center that works with both young men and women ages 13 - 18. Elevations offers guidance, support and relief to young men and women struggling with issues like trauma, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, behavioral problems, and substance use/abuse. Elevations RTC is located in Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programming for struggling teens. For more information, please contact Laura Burt or Tamra Foy at 1-866-952-7930.