The Role of Parents: Key to Long Term Success

At Moonridge Academy, emphasis is placed on helping the family system by providing the family with the tools they need to make the successful transition home. Because most of our parents are unwittingly locked into an unhealthy dance step of control battles and manipulation with their children prior to admission, proper training and education to help parents break out of this pattern is a key factor for long-term success.

Parents are involved in six ways:

  • Parent Assignments: Determined by your therapist as part of the Personal Greatness Program
  • Family Therapy Sessions:  Occur weekly  (via Skype, Facetime or telephone)
  • Social Phone Calls:  Occur weekly 
  • Parent Education Webinars:  Provided three times per month to all parents.  These webinars taught by clinical and academic staff provide important training and education.  Parent can also view recorded webinars on the CERTS Parent Education Channel. 
  • Parent Seminars:  Held on campus every quarter. Parent Seminars include family therapy and group therapy sessions, experiential activities, parent support groups, and outdoor adventure activities that target improved parent/child conflict resolution and communication.
  • Home visits:  Occur during the second part of a student's stay at Moonridge.  Home visits are an excellent way for a girl and her parents to practice new skills before a girl comes home at the end of her stay.  

Parents have frequently expressed to us their surprise (and delight) at the personal growth and change that they have experienced in themselves as well as in their children.  Parents are excited when they start to have fun with their teen. Significantly, these new parenting skills play a major role in allowing a student to sustain their change when they return home.