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    Reconnecting on Common Ground: Family Programming at Trails Carolina

    At Trails, our Common Ground programming provides an opportunity for students  to reconnect with their families after being away. The reconnection happens through a series of planned activities and events that span over multiple days. Participating in Common Ground can be beneficial for the family dynamic as a whole. Therapists provide the proper support and fun activities to reunite the family smoothly.

    Our Common Ground programming may consist of engaging in some of the following activities:

    • Hiking
    • Kayaking
    • Horseback riding
    • Canoeing
    • Low ropes courses

     Benefits of Common Ground

    Common Ground programming offers many positive outcomes for families and students. Here are a few:

    • It gives families a chance to practice new home agreement skills in a safe and supportive environment
    • The adventure therapy component allows families to share fun experiences, make memories, and create stronger bonds
    • Common Ground may allow for a smoother transition back to reality and getting used to living with family again
    • Students have the opportunity to showcase things they learned while they were away

    Bringing a child home after being away in a therapeutic program can be terrifying. You are unsure how they will react and adjust to the real world. You want to make their transition smooth, but perhaps are unsure of how exactly to do that. Common Ground  exists specifically to combat these fears. It is designed to provide your family with the support and guidance they need to move forward to a happier and healthier life. This is a good idea for anyone as it serves as a great way to celebrate your child and have the most positive return to each other’s lives.

    Trails Carolina can help

    Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program for boys and girls ages 10-17 who are struggling with mental health or behavioral issues. This program uses adventure-based therapy to teach students useful skills that will influence positive change in their lives. Some of these skills include self-awareness, self-confidence, responsibility, and accountability. The wilderness environment gives students the opportunity to completely distance themselves from the fast-paced and overwhelming world around them. Beyond graduating from the program, students and their families are encouraged to participate in the common ground program that helps ease their transition back home.

    Contact us at 800-975-7303.


    Jacob Thomason, LPC

    Jacob is a Licensed Clinical Professional. Jacob began working in the wilderness therapy field nearly a decade ago and has worked in wilderness programs in Utah and Wisconsin. Additionally, he worked at an extended care sober living program in Maine and ran adventure camps while in college. Having had a family member in treatment, Jacob understands first-hand the value of including parents and siblings in the process. He is passionate about keeping attuned to the wants and needs of parents and siblings throughout the wilderness therapy experience. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.

    All stories by: Jacob Thomason, LPC