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SUWS of the Carolinas offers a parallel process between parent and child crucial for students to transition their skills from one environment to the next. Parents in the SUWS programs have access to multiple tools and resources to bridge the gaps so families can use the same communication skills taught in the program. One of the most effective tools available is a two day parent intensive led by CEO Shawn Farrell, M.Ed. These workshops are bi-weekly in every season but the summer, when they are weekly.
Shawn's experience of over 25 years in outdoor therapeutic programming is an invaluable asset for families in the SUWS program. The curriculum is based on the Love and Logic methodology, and is held at the Wolf Creek campus in Old Fort, NC. Parents are recommended to attend the seminar half way through their child's process at SUWS. This allows each parent to build their base of knowledge in the methodology through the Love and Logic program, weekly calls with their therapist, attendance of group discussions, online webinar resources, and their own independent study. The parent workshop's goal is to build understanding and tools for parents to shift from a rules enforcement/consequence-based parenting approach to one focused on the relationship with their child.
To understand the relationship between parent and child, Shawn asks each parent to examine the styles of parenting they learned from their upbringing. What styles did the keep from their childhood? Where did they make intentional changes and why? The program begins with a parenting assessment and a study of different parenting styles. Once each parent is attuned to their "go to" parenting style, each parent learns some mindfulness tools and techniques centered around emotional expression. Learning key benchmark communication skills taught to the kids in the program is an important facet of their parent seminar. Of course, an emphasis on active listening and non verbal ques is a mainstay of the parent program. Next communication styles and non confrontational boundary-holding methods are explored. All these topics are covered on day 1 of the seminar, and parents often relish the opportunity to take a lunch break and meet their child's therapist face to face during day 1.
Day 2 of the seminar covers emotional intellegence, shifting family roles, and refines the implementation of love and logic prractices in the home.
Shawn enjoys the opportunity to do the hands-on work with each family in the SUWS program. He draws upon his experience as an educator to bring the lessons of the Love and Logic curriculum, and the "magic" of the field to life during each workshop. Each family continues to build upon their skills before seeing their child at graduation. Weekly phonecalls and group discussions continue until the moment a graduation date is set. Prior to reunifying with their children, parents attend a Trail's End meeting to recap some of the parent workshop material, and get practical tools for a succssful graduation experience. Graduation consists of an overnight camping experience, and allows each child to showcase their skills in an environment indicative of what they experienced in the field.
About SUWS of The Carolinas
SUWS of the Carolinas is a licensed, CARF International-accredited mental health facility, committed to helping families rediscover their strengths and fostering growth for young people. Operating in the Pisgah National Forest under permit from the National Forest Service, SUWS delivers wilderness based therapeutic interventions for 10-17 year old boys and girls with compassion and excellence.