We use every opportunity available to us to incorporate the entire family system wherever possible. As such, each family will have a host of opportunities to engage with their son in the program, be it via therapeutically driven letters and phone calls, embedded in the group for one or more overnight visits, or immersed in a 3-day Family Focus. Most of our parents engage in all aspects of family communication and visits, including bringing siblings or other close family members out for the Family Focus.
The Elements Parent Visit provides a unique opportunity for families to step into their son’s wilderness experience by joining their son right inside the group, meeting all of their son’s friends and mentors, and getting a first-hand account of their son’s progress. This experience is integral to the Elements Family Program, and to encourage all families to participate, we include the Parent Visit at no extra cost. It is designed to dovetail with the work they have been doing and to deepen parents’ understanding of their son’s needs, while developing new communication skills and a new-found connection with their son. Parent Visits are all individually tailored to the families’ needs, and can vary in length from an overnight to a day visit.
The Elements Family Focus provides families the ideal space to open up and connect on a deeper level. Set within our beautiful wilderness field area, we make the three-day experience comfortable and fun so everyone can be emotionally present for the important therapeutic work at hand. Each Family Focus will be open to all family members as clinically indicated and will work within a curriculum specific to their needs, designed in conjunction with their son’s primary therapist and referring professional. Families will gain insight into their current relationship patterns and learn healthier ways of relating to each other. This experience has a profound lasting effect in helping the family create a new path forward.