The Integral Role Of Families
Families play a vital role in Gateway’s treatment process. Parental and family involvement is crucial to ensure each young man’s healing and growth is sustained well after treatment at Gateway is completed.
Gateway’s family interventions provide a foundation for parents to be more effective in reaching their son in a way he can best receive their support and forgive or work though past grievances. We work with both the boy and his parents to identify underlying dynamics that contribute to conflict and to help establish family patterns of behavior that lead to better ways of relating. Additionally, Gateway’s developmental, skill-building approach gives parents a sense of focus, inspiration, and encouragement when times get tough.
In addition to weekly family therapy sessions, families participate in Parent Weekends conducted every three months. Parent Weekends include a four-day experience (Thursday through Sunday) during which families participate in parent-teacher conferences, parent support, education and training sessions, family therapy groups, experiential family therapy sessions and initiatives, and individual time with their sons.
Additional parent visits are welcomed, with the timing coordinated through the youth’s therapist. To help parents stay in touch with their sons’ lives, we regularly post pictures of their weekday activities and weekend adventures on the Gateway Parent Portal. His academic progress and ongoing educational performance is available as well thanks to the Power School online tracking system. Parents have contact with their son through weekly social phone calls, letters, faxes, and e-mail. And we encourage parents to call or email their therapist at anytime to check on their son.