Family Involvement in Residential Treatment for Teens

In the adolescent and teenage residential treatment center environment, family involvement — particularly that of parents or caregivers — is critical to the child’s success.

Parents naturally worry about sending their teen away for treatment. One of the most pressing concerns parents express is their fear of losing touch with their child. However, for a variety of reasons, family involvement is not only welcome, but necessary, for a successful outcome.

At Elevate Academy, each student’s parents or caregivers are integral members of the treatment team and closely involved in the process.
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Understanding the Team Approach to Residential Treatment for Teens

In evidence-based therapeutic programs, scientific research forms the basis for all interventions, and shapes the program’s overarching concepts. Decades of research demonstrates the effectiveness provided by a team approach to treatment in the residential care environment.

A team of key stakeholders determines the course of a student’s experience in the residential academy.

Stakeholders may be medical and psychological professionals, educational experts, family members or other subject matter experts relevant to the specific conditions the teen faces. The theory behind this approach is that each team member has unique contributions to make. Together, the team directs treatment in a way that helps the student achieve the best possible outcome.

How Families Are Involved in the Team Approach to Residential Treatment

Family members — especially parents — understand their child’s history better than anyone. More important, the family will be there long after the residential academy program ends. For this reason, family members must have input into the student’s treatment plan, but they must also do some work of their own while their teen is away.

In many ways, family members undergo their own development and growth during this time. Whether that involves learning new skills or more about how best to help once their child returns from treatment, parents are integral to continued progress. Siblings, grandparents and other family members also play a role, particularly if they live in the home where the student will return after residential treatment.

Choosing a Residential Treatment Center for Your Teen

The importance of choosing a program that is based on scientific evidence cannot be overemphasized. Residential treatment programs that use a team approach to treatment is equally important — as long as the treatment team includes parents or caregivers.

At Elevate Academy, each student’s treatment team consists of the professional who referred the student, the student’s dedicated therapist at Elevate Academy, members of our residential staff, the student’s academic advisor, the student’s recreation therapist and the student’s parents or caregivers.

This all-star team works together to develop the student’s individual Master Treatment Plan (MTP). The MTP is the student’s roadmap through their time at Elevate Academy. Once the MTP has been established, the team meets regularly to assess the student’s progress and adjust the treatment plan as necessary.

To learn more about how the residential treatment centers at Heritage Academy could benefit your adolescent or teen, contact us today.