Family Programming

Rebuilding Family Connections

Pioneers In Family Programming

Our founding vision was to foster growth for the entire family system and we are proud of the comprehensive programming we have in place to support families. Our engaging and therapeutically guided programming involves siblings as well.

Healing and growth involve the entire family at Trails Carolina.


Family Involvement Improves Student Outcomes

Your child’s long-term success is predicated on the support, participation, and growth of the most important people in their life – family. A child that returns home, to an unchanged family that hasn’t developed the skills to support his or her progress, is far more likely to slip into well-worn, negative patterns of behavior. For this reason, we’ve developed a comprehensive wilderness therapy program for the entire family.

Family Programming Opportunities At Trails Carolina

Trails Carolina focuses on the whole family. We offer multiple touch points throughout the week for parents to plug in, connect with other Trails Carolina families, and get support from the Trails Family Team.


Weekly Family Touchpoints

Every week Trails Carolina offers multiple opportunities for parents to participate in family coaching, support calls, and zoom sessions to help the whole family heal and grow.

Family Education & Growth

Trails Carolina provides resources and support for the whole family to grow before, during and after the program. This includes a family handbook, sibling support, ASD classes, and more.

Sibling Support

Trails provides resources for siblings that include a Sibling Handbook and an opportunity for them to connect with the family coach. We also encourage siblings to write letters and join in graduation if appropriate.

Family Reunification & Transitions

Any chance to bring a family together (reunification) is an opportunity to practice the new skills being introduced. Reunification and transition support includes Middle Ground, Graduation, Common Ground, and a Family Agreement Guide.

Family Intensives

For families that may have never experienced wilderness therapy and are looking for a introdcution or a family that is in need of a refresher to get back on track. These long weekends in the wilderness provide time for the whole family to experience Wilderness Therapy.

Alumni Support

Trails Carolina believes it’s important to invest equally in alumni support for its families. Support continues long after graduation thanks to a dedicated Alumni community. This support includes two alumni calls each month, mindfulness classes, as well as quarterly presentations.

Our Family Programming Campus


Trails Carolina has a multi-acre property dedicated solely to family programming services.

This campus provides private housing, outside community spaces, and access to local wilderness areas.

Features include a blend of modern amenities such as private single-family housing combined with wilderness features which includes multiple fire pits and an outdoor kitchen.

Leaders In Family Therapy

Trails Carolina has developed one of the strongest family support teams in the nation. Our Parent Coaches are Masters level clinicians. We have created a team of experienced industry professionals and thought leaders within the behavioral health industry.

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Leah Madamba, MS, NCC, LCMHC

Family Services Director

Leah has worked in the therapeutic field for over 20 years in a variety of roles.


Erin Cantalini, MA, LPC

Family Coach

Erin helps guide families throughout their therapeutic journey.


Melissa Turner, LCSW

Family Coach

Melissa helps guide Trails Carolina families throughout the therapeutic process.

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Justin Cantalini, MA, LCHMC, LPC

Alumni Services Coordinator

Justin works with our alumni students and families to help them implement the skills that they learned in the program.

Family Education & Growth
Comprehensive wilderness therapy program combined with a residential treatment base camp and accredited academics
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Trails saved my daughter’s life. Amanda is an amazing human and a brilliant therapist. I am so grateful to her, Science Steve, and the other wonderful people who could reach my daughter at a time when I could not.

Margot Lowman August 2022

Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.

Winnifred Wilson July 2022


Outstanding clinical work and superb staff! There’s a great culture at this company and it shows with how they engage with families/clients.

Kristin Brace June 2022