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Elevations RTC, a residential treatment center for teens ages 13-18, can help students and families with Spanish-speaking parents who do not speak English.
Jordan Killpack CMHC, Clinical Director of Elevations RTC, speaks Spanish and English fluently and can facilitate the communication process if both parents of a student are not able to speak English. Additionally, a few members of the academic team at Elevations RTC are bilingual and can assist in communication regarding academic programming and the enrollment process.
“Working with bilingual students whose parents do not speak English can be challenging in a residential treatment setting where communication between parents and the program is key,” says Killpack. “It’s important to keep parents engaged throughout the treatment process. As a bilingual (Spanish/English) speaker and mental health counselor, there are a number of critical areas that must be managed in order for the non-English speaking parent to understand and participate actively in the process.”
According to Killpack, it is crucial to create a strong therapeutic alliance with the parent from the beginning of the therapeutic process.
“A strong therapeutic alliance is key because the parent will rely on the bilingual therapist to provide a bridge between them and all other departments within the treatment center,” comments Killpack. “It’s also important to take into account the wide array of cultural differences that may exist between the parent’s culture and the culture of the area in which a treatment center is located.”
Killpack and others on the Elevations RTC team can help Spanish-speaking parents gain an understanding of the treatment process and work closely with them throughout their child’s time at the program.
About Elevations RTC
Elevations RTC is a unique co-ed residential treatment center that works with all students ages 13 - 18. Elevations offers guidance, support and relief to students struggling with issues like trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral problems, and substance use. Elevations offers on campus fulltime psychiatric and nursing care. Elevations RTC is located in Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programs to struggling teens. For more information, please call 1-855-290-9681