Helping Families Repair Relationships
At Trails, we understand that the family is an integral part of every child’s healing process. Our wilderness treatment center was developed to help the whole family do the work, move forward, and come together in a healthier and happier space than before.
As a leading wilderness treatment center, we offer innovative and extensive family programming that enables parents and their children to realize incredible progress.
We do this through a combination of family therapy, weekly phone calls and updates, dedicated family therapy, sibling involvement, scheduled reunifications, our optional Common Ground family camp program, and more.
Designed to develop and maintain important skills for the entire family, the family programming at our wilderness treatment center provides the support necessary to reach lasting change.
A Family-Systems Approach & Our Parallel Process
We believe that in order for your child to move forward at our wilderness treatment center, your whole family needs to move forward with them. While a student is doing the work on the Trails campus, the parents and siblings are back at home doing work of their own—all in meaningful and specific ways. This technique is called Parallel Process.
“Parents have a choice to be part of the solution and make use of this life experience.” —Krissy Pozatek, author of The Parallel Process
We use this technique at our wilderness treatment center because we want to best prepare your family to handle challenges in the future and what comes next. In order to do this, the family and child do the work separately—giving both the chance to heal, recover, and then reconnect.
This way, the family isn’t just watching their child move forward and work through issues at our wilderness treatment center, they’re facing their own challenges and obstacles. This technique inspires true change within the family dynamic.
Rebuilding Family Connections
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 who hasn’t developed the skills to support their 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 Calls & Support
One of the core components of how we keep the family involved is the weekly call you’ll receive from your child’s Primary Therapist. This therapist will be able to share a more specific understanding of the progress your child is making, and what challenges still remain to be overcome.
We also believe that the weekly Family Support Calls are incredibly valuable, allowing you to connect with other Trails families who are facing similar challenges. Struggling with your child’s behavior can feel isolating, but you aren’t alone. Becoming connected with other families who have experienced similar emotions can provide tremendous relief, honest perspective, and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
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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