Parent Involvement

Parent Involvement

Parental participation is a critical part of our program…

 

Parents will be encouraged by group leaders and therapists to learn about the High Frontier program, use the Positive Peer Culture language, learn problem labels, ask questions, offer assistance, encourage, challenge and support their child and to be involved in the problem solving process.

Parents will receive a parent letter from the team quickly upon the student's arrival. The parent letter will be informative to the PPC approach, daily schedule, phone/mail contact, visitation, and other important information. We work together with parents, education consultants and the student's former providers at the beginning of treatment and with the parents and future providers upon transition. We also extensively prepare students and parents for transition and provide them with discharge summaries and aftercare recommendations upon transition.

If the student has completed an impact letter in a previous placement, we will revisit the impact letter and letter of accountability. Parents and the students will continue to use these as therapeutic tools. We encourage letter writing by students and parents, and do considerable work on helping parents to be mentors rather than over indulging, and helping parents to set caring and appropriate limits with students and to help prepare students for the paths of life rather than preparing the path for the student.

There will be bi-weekly phone calls with the student, and weekly calls with the group leader and team therapist. These calls will be to inform, teach, guide, and learn to work together as a team.

While parents initially visit the ranch, there will be several meetings. Parents will meet with their child’s group briefly as well as the instructors and supervisors. They will have in person family therapy sessions with the team therapist on the ranch. They will have meetings with the group leader and student. Parents will meet with the Administrator, the Nurse, Clinical Supervisor, if needed.

Later in the student's stay, they will have one or more home visits. These visits will be important for the students and family to practice, see what the student still needs to work on, and visit with future therapists and schools. Parents will be coached on ways to help make these visits successful.

We refer parents to literature and encourage them to order the Positive Peer Culture book written by Harry Vorrath and/or direct them to literature about youth problems and or helpful parenting information.


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Anthony Geraci
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281-253-3264



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A PARENT WRITES...

 

Meeting H’s group of peers was fantastic. These young men presented themselves so professionally. They all introduced themselves and made me feel welcome. When I brought H back last night, they were walking across the grounds and stopped to say hello to me and to ask about the visit. They were all genuinely pleased and proud of H for making the visit so successful. It speaks volumes to the culture here that young men would praise a peer for being respectful of his mother. I could tell how happy they were for him that the visit went well.