Family involvement is critical to the success of the child while in treatment and following placement at Youth Care residential treatment center in Utah for adolescents or teens. Youth Care in Utah strives to include the family in the therapeutic process as much as possible. Families are involved in the following manner:
Weekly Family Therapy Sessions
These are sessions that the primary therapist conducts with the adolescent or teen and their family. They will be done either in person or via the speakerphone. Weekly family therapy sessions may include parents only or siblings or combined families.
Informal Phone Calls
Depending on the student’s level, informal telephone calls are allowed to keep up on the happenings at home and to discuss non-therapeutic issues. Informal phone call privileges increase in frequency and duration as the student moves up the program levels.
Letters to and from Home
Once off our program’s orientation level, (usually 3-4 days) students may write letters to and receive letters from their parents. The frequency of this privilege increases as their level increases.
Every week the multi-disciplinary team meets to discuss each student’s progress in the program. The feedback is then posted to the Parent Check-In site where parents can access the information and stay current on their child’s progress.
Therapeutic Leaves of Absence (Pass Times)
Students are given pass times with their parents. The length of pass times is related to the student’s performance in treatment as indicated by their level and length of stay in the program.
Parent Days include conferences with the multi-disciplinary team members, on-site family therapy, parent support groups, multi-family group therapy sessions, student presentation, and pass time as earned.