All Kinds of News for September 11, 2019
This August, Elevations RTC, a residential treatment center for teens ages 13-18, held their annual summer parent/sibling seminar at Pineview Reservoir (UT). Elevations RTC believes that rebuilding and repairing family relationships is one of the most important aspects of the healing process. Because of this, parent seminars take place each quarter and are a healing opportunity for families and students. Each summer, Elevations RTC holds a special family seminar by the lake that includes siblings. At this year’s summer seminar, students and their families engaged in fun water-based activities and face to face therapy sessions.
“This year's Parent Seminar at Pineview was a huge success!” commented Jordan Killpack CMHC, Clinical Director of Elevations RTC. “We had a large group of parents and siblings attend. Parents, students and siblings were highly engaged and enjoyed the therapeutic and recreation activities. Families who struggle with mental health challenges often have less than functional family systems. Bringing families and students together in Parent Seminars creates face to face, therapist-supported opportunities to improve understanding of dysfunctional family system components. It pushes families to interact in more realistic ways, and helps them learn more effective ways to interact and problem solve. This allows them to adjust and change their family systems in more functional ways.”
The lakeside setting of the family seminar took family therapy sessions into an experiential place, away from a traditional office-based talk therapy setting.
“Seeing our students interact positively with their siblings, in addition to parents, displayed that we are offering healing opportunities for the entire family,” says Shelby Nielson, MFT Intern. “Where they may have had only chaos in their interactions over the course of, for many of our families, long periods of time, our clinical and recreational teams were able to work together with families to begin to mend some of the hurt and build new positive experiences and memories.”
At Elevations RTC, families are involved throughout the therapeutic process through parent orientations, weekly family therapy sessions, on-campus visits, and parent seminars.
“I feel that the family work is crucial to the treatment process and it's important for parents to be looking within and making the changes they need to at home in order for a successful transition back home,” says Primary Therapist Phyllis Hawks, CMHC. “It's difficult to maintain progress if one returns back to the same environment with the same dynamics.”
For more information about family programming at Elevations RTC, please visit https://www.elevationsrtc.com/clinical/family-support or call 855.290.9681.
About Elevations RTC
Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center that offers guidance, support and relief to adolescents struggling with issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral problems, and substance use. Elevations RTC is located in Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programs to struggling teens. For more information, please call 1-855-290-9681.