Family Services

We understand. You are exhausted...confused...concerned about the future. While our primary focus is our clients, we offer a range of education, support and therapy services for families to help you better understand mental illness, cope with stress, and develop new approaches to support your loved one's progress in recovery.

Family Orientation

Family Orientation is designed to provide the families of our new admissions practical information about the process and experience of recovery. Families of Skyland Trail clients are strongly encouraged to attend this one-day seminar, which is appropriate for all caregivers. Family Orientation is typically held the last Friday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Family Orientation

Family Support Group (STEP)

The Support, Training and Education Program or "STEP" gives families and friends the knowledge and skills for self-care, as well as understanding how to help loved ones in treatment and after discharge. Family STEP meets on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Health and Education Center on the main campus of Skyland Trail. Families may also join by phone or video conference.

Family Support Group (STEP)

Family Therapy

Family therapy is the opportunity for the family system to make essential adjustments that will help sustain a client’s recovery. Working with our family therapist, the family can start to resolve issues that have become complicated while managing the overwhelming impact of mental illness. Families also find ways to adjust to support every family member’s health.

Family Therapy

Family DBT Skills Group

These groups help families or friends support their loved ones. Learn how to reinforce DBT skills at home, respond appropriately when your loved one needs support, and strengthen relationships using DBT skills. Weekly 90 minute sessions offered as three 8-week modules: Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance. Each module begins with two weeks of Mindfulness skills training. Completing a full cycle of skills training requires a commitment of 6 months.

DBT Skills Group

Family Counseling Sessions

With the client’s permission, family counseling sessions are available. Family counseling sessions are led by the primary counselor and are focused on the client's recovery goals. For more information, please contact your primary counselor.

Family Services Coordinator

If you ever struggle with the direction of therapy or the recovery process, and your concerns are not resolved by discussion with the primary counselor, we invite you to discuss the situation with our coordinator of family services, Elizabeth Alexander. She can support your inclusion in the process and can facilitate communication between you and treatment team.

Family Services Coordinator

Elizabeth Alexander

Meet our Family Services Coordinator:
Elizabeth Alexander
ealexander@skylandtrail.org
404-709-3172

Website for Families

Families of clients currently enrolled can visit our family website for more information about what to expect, recommended reading, and advice from our clinical team and former client families.

Ask your admissions counselor or primary counselor for your username and password.

Go to Family Website