Family Reunification

Helping Families Reconnect, Heal, And Thrive


Family Reunification & Transition Support

At Trails, we understand how difficult change and transitions can be for our students and families. So we've designed a program that incorporates opportunities for students to practice using their skills in different settings and relationships, as well as parallel opportunities for parents and families to go through similar therapeutic processes. Not only does this benefit the parents on a personal level, but it also allows for a deeper understanding and bond to form between all family members because of these shared similar experiences.

In addition to the weekly family touchpoints, workshops, and parallel parent programming, our program offers three opportunities for reunification for our students and their families: Middle Ground, Graduation, and Common Ground. These opportunities allow parents to rejoin their children on our campus, practice the skills that each has learned in their parallel programs with each other, and share a unique adventure.

Family Reunification Includes:

  • Middle Ground
  • Graduation
  • Common Ground

Middle Ground


While at Trails Carolina we have weekly family offerings as well as an in-person Parent Workshop, and a mid-program family reunification called Middle Ground.

Bringing the Family together during the middle of the program is a challenging and rewarding experience for every family. This is a three-day two night experience for some Trails Carolina families looking to test the work they have been doing at home.

Parents stay on our Winding Gap campus and reunite with their children to practice skills, have family therapy sessions, and find an opportunity to go back home with a much more focused idea of the work that needs to continue before their child returns home.

Families have described Middle Ground as a transformative experience where parents begin to reconnect in person while experiencing the wilderness. This program has been intentionally crafted to help understand the parent-child relationship while offering additional tools during the middle of the program.

Common Ground

We also offer an optional four-day extended stay option for the entire family, called Common Ground. Families stay in a lovely home and benefit from extended time together in a supported environment to begin using your new ways of communicating. It’s highly effective in helping students slowly and purposefully transition out of the environment of our Trails program and back into everyday life.

Common Ground is one of our most popular experiences at Trails Carolina. This comes at the end of Overnight Graduation and creates a space for Trails Carolina Students to reconnect with parents and siblings to begin the transition home. Participants will be welcomed to our Common Ground property and have family therapy sessions and family coaching activities, all while family mentors are present and helping to guide this transitional experience.


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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


Family Education & Growth

Comprehensive wilderness therapy program combined with a residential treatment base camp and accredited academics