Parents Participation/Involvement: 

Weekly phone calls
  • Within three days of admission your troubled teen’s treating therapist or counselor will contact you to arrange a weekly communication schedule. Regular, consistent communication via telephone and email will be important to make sure you and your troubled teen get the greatest benefit from the (N.B.Y.S.F.) experience.
  • Your formal family therapy session will be held once a week at a time that works best for you. These sessions are designed to help you evaluate your child’s therapeutic progress, address any questions or concerns, and educate you on how to break relationship patterns that are detrimental to your child and your family. These weekly phone calls keep you informed of your student’s progress. They will also help you prepare for the next step in your student’s therapeutic journey.
  • Although family therapy is held once weekly, parents are welcome to phone or email their child’s therapist as often as necessary

Parent Narratives

  • For many troubled teens, the Narratives are their first real look at their own histories. It is their opportunity to learn of their parents’ triumphs and failures. The Narratives are also designed to coincide with student autobiographies. Each is shared at a specific point in the teen’s individual therapy. These exercises often become the focal point around which parent and child begin to build a sense of unity.
  • As students hear their parents’ narration of their own lives and the child’s, it becomes more difficult for the student to excuse away his behavior. He cannot hide or ignore the facts of his own life. He cannot minimize or trivialize his parents’ love and support
  • These exclusive Narratives are also a useful tool in measuring the parent’s commitment to their child’s therapy and the program in general. When parents are unwilling to complete their assignments, therapists are alerted to potential problems in the family dynamic. That dynamic may be a factor in determining what the next step should be in the student’s transition plan. Parent centered learning such as the Parent Narratives, done jointly with student learning, help parents understand their teen’s level in the developmental vacation. Parents learn how to assess their child’s commitment to the family relationship and how to measure the program’s effectiveness.

Parent Portal

  • Our Internet-based Parent Portal makes parents an active part of the treatment team by giving them an opportunity to read and comment on therapy/counselor or staff notes. Parents can view weekly pictures of their child, as well as respond to notes and provide feedback and insights of their own through the Parent Portal. Each student has a unique password protected portal through which only information for that student can be viewed.
Parent Communicates With Their Student
  • The way a parent communicates with their student is essential to disrupting the troubled teen’s pattern of control. Strategic letter writing is an important part of therapy.
  • At (N.B.Y.S.F.) parents are required to communicate with their child via letters throughout the duration of the student’s wilderness therapy program. Parents have the option of e-mailing their letters to the clinician, who will then give it to the student, or sending the letter via the postal service. Students may choose whether to send their letters via the U.S. Postal Service, or to have their hand-written letters scanned and emailed to their parents.
  • Your therapist will guide you as you navigate the first difficult weeks and give you suggestions on how to strategically maximize your letters’ impact. The clinician will discuss with you how to provide appropriate encouragement and support for your troubled teen while still directing the relationship. Your child’s therapist will also help you identify behavioral patterns through your student’s letters.
  • This communication is individualized according to the needs of the student and the family. It forms an essential foundation for a new, healthy relationship between parent and child. Your child’s therapist may also have some input as to other individuals who may or may not be appropriate for your troubled teen to correspond with. Parents should ultimately decide what friends and associations are appropriate for communication. All outgoing mail will be sent directly to the parents regardless of the addressee.

Graduation For Any Program

  • Parental participation at graduation is a great experience for both parents and students. The graduation ceremony is a two-day process. Parents are notified when their child will be graduating, so they can make the necessary arrangements to attend. The ceremony begins with a seminar where the parents are prepared for the reunion with their student. Upon conclusion of the seminar, parents are escorted to a site where they will experience a “run in”.
  • The graduation experience is designed to open the doors of love, understanding, and communication and to finalize the next transitional step for your student’s life after therapy at New Beginning Youth Solid Foundation (N.B.Y.S.F.).