All Kinds of News for October 10, 2018
Three times a year Eva Carlston hosts a Family Weekend during which parents and sibling go to Salt Lake City to attend a 4 day event including workshops and visits with their daughter/sister. The goal of Family Weekend is to give parents, and siblings, hands-on experience with the daily work their daughters are doing and to help parents create relationships with other parents to find additional support through their journey; helping them realize they are not alone in their experiences. The classes and workshops are planned and structured with specific therapeutic goals in mind. With each building on the other to, hopefully, create a meaningful experience. Eva Carlston finds that although it is only a few days, intense family work can be done which has significant impact on the overall progress of the girls.
Regardless of how long they have been in the program, the girls find these Family Weekends to be beneficial. Of Family Weekend, one student said, “Family Weekend was fun bonding experience to learn more about my parents and about myself. Personally, I believe it is a good opportunity to improve my self and my relationship with my family.” Another said, “I loved Family Weekend. I liked that we had a guest speaker because he brought a lot of real life experience into the picture. Being able to share my art project with my mom was really special; I have been doing good work in therapy, and sharing it with her meant alot. I felt very comfortable speaking having all the support from staff and therapists.” Jessi Wacker, a therapist at Eva Carlston, said, “I like family weekend because of the opportunities provided for families to work on their dynamics in real time and experience the inherent healing, increased perspective, and empathy to facilitate their individual and collective growth.”
Workshops at Eva Carlston’s Family Weekends include:
- Guest speakers on anxiety and depression, the mind-body connection, and the Heroic Parent
- Art therapy
- Family sculpting
- Internet safety
- Parent support groups
- Personality and leadership styles
- Outdoor experiences
Eva Carlston looks forward to each Family Weekend and the opportunities they provide their clients and families.
About Eva Carlston Academy
Eva Carlston Academy (UT) is a licensed residential treatment center located near the urban center of Salt Lake City. The program serves young women between the ages of 12 and 18 in a clinically intense, family-style program which focuses upon creating opportunities for students to explore the arts while working toward continued growth and healing.