Parent participation plays a crucial role in the success of teen therapy. When a teen is in therapy, the family is also in therapy. That’s why we create specific treatment protocols that involve parents and sometimes siblings. There are four ways Discovery Ranch for Girls promotes parent therapy involvement:
Weekly Family Therapy
Every week, each girl and her family participates in a family therapy session with the girl’s therapist through telephone or video teleconference. They are scheduled at times that best accommodate the family’s schedule. These sessions are critical to the student’s therapeutic progress and both parents are strongly encouraged to participate.
Parent and Student Visits
Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit Discovery Ranch. Parents can coordinate their visits with their child’s therapist for optimal therapy impact.
Student visits progress from on-campus to off-campus, overnight, and eventually home visits. Visits help parents and students gauge their progress behaviorally and therapeutically. This provides important insights for clinicians.
Additionally, our campus has growth opportunities that will eventually allow us to offer on-site clinical counseling for parents and teens together. We look forward to developing that aspect of therapeutic offerings.
Parent Seminar occurs three times a year, typically in February, June, and October. Parents can visit the Ranch and experience some of the activities that their daughter enjoys. Parents attend seminars designed to help them better understand their teen and the Discovery Ranch program. This gives parents an opportunity to meet our staff and their daughter’s peers.
Online Parent Portal
Discovery Ranch for Girls helps parents stay connected to their daughter’s progress through a password secured website. The Parent Portal lets parents review their daughter’s academic progress, clinical information, and residential reports. They can also access pictures of their teen participating in special events and daily activities at the Ranch. This information is available only to the parents of each student, not to the Discovery Ranch community as a whole. Parents are encouraged to send questions or comments to the Discovery Ranch staff through the parent portal.
Improved Family Relationships
The Discovery Ranch treatment brings parents and students together. With clinical guidance, they can identify and share emotions, as well as resolve conflict. They learn communication and behavioral skills that are fundamental to healthy, happy family relationships.
“We’ve not only gained Allie back but we’ve gained our family back.”
For more information, please call us at 855-667-9388.