When people think of a residential treatment program for teens, individual and group counseling typically come to mind first. While these are essential services, a teen family therapy program that includes everyone in your teen’s life is just as crucial for recovery.
Each family participates in at least one family therapy session weekly, either in person or via telehealth. These sessions are focused on rebuilding and repairing relationships, evaluating roles and restructuring the system, improving communication, and providing psychoeducation for parents and residents. Ascend places a tremendous value on teen family therapy sessions, as the changes that occur within the family unit can be the most productive part of long-term recovery from a mental health or substance abuse issue.
Ascend provides additional support through weekend Family Day intensives dedicated to the wellbeing of the family. Every other Sunday, families are invited to participate in the following:
- Parenting and co-parenting support and skills sessions
- Sibling break-outs
- Meditation groups
- Beautiful catered lunch
- Multi-family group session
What Are the Benefits of Teen Family Therapy?
Family therapy programs act as a period of healing. They can help family members repair the wounds that mental illness and/or substance abuse have caused — rebuilding relationships and improving communication between family members.
This type of therapy teaches family members about many kinds of mental health disorders and substance abuse issues. It’s not uncommon for families to misunderstand a particular disorder, so helping them fully comprehend these diseases allows them to better understand the struggle that their loved ones are dealing with.