Most teen therapy programs recognize the need for family involvement. In order to ensure future success for your teen, you must create a new environment, improve communication and build mutual respect. Trails Carolina goes deeper than most other teen therapy programs. Besides weekly calls and graduation weekends, which most residential programs have, Trails Carolina also offers a very unique family camp program.
Your child’s long-term success depends greatly on family support, participation, education and growth
No one understands that better than the staff at Trails Carolina. We recognize the continual need for support from the family. Your child needs to know you are there and, as a parent, you need to help ensure a positive change in environment upon your child’s return home.
The family camp program
Upon completion of our reunification/graduation weekend, families are given the option to participate in a five-day camp. As you have been separated for a length of time working individually on changing and progressing, the family camp program is a test-drive to put into action everything both you and your child have learned over the course of the program. During the five days, you will eat, sleep, adventure and talk together as a family. You will begin to develop improved relationships with the continued guidance of our trained staff.
As we have seen teens who have taken tremendous strides during the program go home just to relapse to their old behaviors in a few months, we at Trails strive to best prepare the family to ensure positive, long-term change.
Family therapy and the family camp program help ensure lasting change
An adolescent who returns to an unchanged family is more likely to begin gravitating back to old habits and behaviors. This is why Trails involves the family every step of the way. Involving the family in a unified, intensive therapy program better permits lasting success upon the return home. If parents and children have positive relationships, know how to handle conflict before it escalates and can effectively communicate how they feel, your family will be well-equipped for continued change and success.