All Kinds of News for August 09, 2017
Elevations RTC, a residential treatment center for teens ages 13-18, welcomes parents and siblings to campus during their two-day parent seminar, July 27th and 28th. Parent seminars take place every eight weeks and provide a chance for families to reconnect. There were 15 families participating in the seminar which totaled about 58 people.
Research shows that family bonding time can lead to stronger emotional bonds, improved communication and decreased behavioral problems. As the family begins to function ineffectively, family time is decreased as parents and siblings go into survival mode. Parent seminars at Elevations allow parents and siblings to reconnect.
“The parent seminar was an opportunity for students to see their siblings and parents engage in therapeutic work, including managing frustrations and pushing themselves, while providing helpful support,” says Elevations primary therapist Kim Williams-Redmond, CMHC. “Sibling involvement during family seminars can be an extremely important aspect of this programming.” Brothers and sisters can powerfully influence one another's personality development, social adaptation, emotional vitality, family experience, and life choices.
Parent weekends that focus on the sibling relationship help begin the healing process in a guided, fun therapeutic environment.
“While working with teens, it is crucial to work within their family system, encouraging each individual involved to make the changes necessary for improvement,” comments Primary Therapist Anna Chauncey, LCSW. “At this most recent Parent Seminar, Elevations invited parents and siblings to attend the workshop with this idea in mind.”
During a beautiful day at the lake, students and their families, with the guidance of clinicians, recreational staff and team directors, participated in a variety of experiential exercises. All were encouraged to set goals for the day, and step outside of their "comfort zone", with the understanding that growth stems from challenge.
“Family dynamics were visible from the start of the day, with additional activities providing skill-practice opportunities and bringing to light information regarding areas in need of improvement,” says Chauncey. “Kids and families expressed enjoying the experience and many were able to gain skills and insight which will be utilized in ongoing family therapy sessions as well as future interactions with one another.”
Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center that offers guidance, support and relief to young men and women struggling with issues like trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral problems, and substance use. Elevations RTC is located in Syracuse, Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programs to struggling teens. For more information about family programming at Elevations, please visit https://www.elevationsrtc.com/family-support/ or call 1-866-952-7930