Helping Families Heal
We believe families (including relations, spouses, partners, and other important friends) are integral to our clients' long-term health and wellness. We also know that families need to heal too. Mental illness places an incredible strain on families and relationships. We offer many opportunities for families to not only support their loved one's progress in treatment, but to work toward strengthening the family system as well.
18 AND OLDER
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 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Working with our family therapist, families can start to resolve issues that have become complicated while managing the overwhelming impact of mental illness. Family therapy can help improve relationships between parents and their children, couples or partners, siblings, or other important supportive relationships. Learn how to better communicate, establish new roles and boundaries, and nurture important relationships.
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 Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Goodman Training Room located downstairs in the Dorothy C. Fuqua Center. Families may also join by phone or video conference.
14-17 YEARS OLD
On the first and third weekends of each month, families participate in the Family Enrichment Program. Families receive education about their teen's diagnosis and the skills the adolescent is learning to manage symptoms. Parents and caregivers learn their own set of skills to better support their teen's recovery long-term. Families also participate in a peer support group.