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Pacific Quest's Young Adult Family Program offers a unique opportunity for families to explore family dynamics, deepen relationships and practice and refine new communication skills. Parents have the opportunity to participate in experiential workshops with their children, and attend a series of "parent-only" sessions. In addition, parents participate in family therapy sessions with Pacific Quest therapists.
Dr. John Souza, Young Adult Family Program Therapist comments, "Pacific Quest's Young Adult Family Program has become a haven in which families come to practice joyfully breathing life into their relationships." In 2017, the Family Program had the privilege of hosting 316 students and caregivers. With over 90% of the students participating in Family Program, Pacific Quest is an Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) program that continues to emphasize integration and diversity. Dr. Souza adds, "As a research-informed clinician, what I've found is that the research on Wilderness Therapy and OBH, that continues to point to the importance of family involvement in the development and maintenance of gains made by youth in such programs, is spot-on."
These gains Dr. Souza highlights are being supported by the development of mutual trust and empathy between parents and their sons and daughters. In a time of environmental and social stress, the opportunity for families to have such a place of respite is essential for them to engage in what is called the Corrective Relational Experience (CRE). The CRE is about rebuilding trust and increasing mutual empathy.
By involving the entire family in the therapeutic process, the goal is to enhance communication, increase empathy and develop usable conflict resolution skills. Oftentimes, after completing the family program, parents leave with a sense of connectivity, empowerment and hope.
For more information about Pacific Quest's Young Adult Family Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Pacific Quest
Pacific Quest is an outdoor therapeutic program, located on the Big Island of Hawaii, for struggling adolescents and young adults that offers a clinical, yet holistic, approach to treatment. Our neurodevelopmental approach, combined with horticultural therapy, integrates evidence-based therapeutic methods, whole-person wellness and organic gardening to sustain a healthy community and motivate change. www.pacificquest.org