Yes, the family is considered a very important part of treatment in all our programs, and we try to work with families in many ways. As soon as a teen comes for an assessment, we reach out to the parents and other family members to let them know of the various services available for them. These could include educational programs, family group sessions, and social events. And of course, talking with family members helps us understand what will best motivate their teen. While we may allow teens to go home on family visits, we also encourage parents and loved ones to come visit their teen at our programs so they can better understand how treatment looks and feels.
In our adolescent programs, family participation is particularly important. All of our adolescent programs offer Parent Education Seminars and support groups for parents and other caregivers. We hope families will be involved throughout the treatment process, including planning for when treatment is over.
Throughout our system, “family members” are defined by the client and their family. You do not need to be related by law to be considered family members.