A letter from our Clinical Director of Family Programming
“I chose Greenbrier Academy to get the best help possible for my daughter. I discovered through the family workshops that our whole family needed to heal.”
It has been our experience that the best possible outcomes are created for our students through involvement of the entire family system. For many of our students, their acting out behaviors were their unconscious means of expressing their desire for some shift in family dynamics. Accordingly, three family intensives are offered during your daughter’s treatment experience at Greenbrier.
Each of these three-day workshops are powerful, experiential opportunities to explore multi-generational patterns, improve family’s ability to communicate, enhance closeness within the entire family and solidify strategies that will allow your family to continue to grow and heal long after graduation.
“The first workshop was so emotional. I came to see my daughter through new eyes. I was also able to understand how my own childhood had affected the way I parented my daughter.”
The quote, ‘what isn’t resolved is re-created’ was a motivator for me to do my own work.”
The workshops have been developed to complement and seamlessly flow with the goals and objectives of each phase of your daughter’s journey at Greenbrier.
The First Workshop
Through assignments, expressive therapies, storytelling and sculpting, parents are able to secure an understanding of how the relational model and the aspirations create the space for emotional healing. This seminar also takes parents through a journey of their own past, in an effort to identify and change generational legacies.
“My daughter has been in other treatment settings, so I was jaded attending another parenting workshop. It was clear from the beginning that this was different. I was amazed by my daughter’s progress in a relatively short period of time, and her commitment inspired me to grow with her”
The Second Workshop
It is a time to take stock of the progress that has occurred while identifying the goals and objectives that have yet to be accomplished. Students have developed an awareness of their old maladaptive patterns, and are actively developing strategies and solutions that are consistent with the true, authentic self that they have identified.
Parents are guided into how to support the development of these emerging identities, and are able to begin the process of letting go of control and allowing their daughters to become much more self-governing. Individual sessions are also incorporated into this workshop to address specific sensitive and/or problematic areas.
“Greenbrier Academy has given me my daughter back. I’m looking forward to her coming home, and feel prepared with the tools gathered from participating in the workshops”
The Final Workshop
Aftercare plans will be reviewed in this seminar. Determination regarding the environment that will best support their momentum following graduation will also be a focus of this workshop. A celebration of the progress that has occurred is acknowledged through ceremony, and parents are given an opportunity to reflect upon how the entire family system has shifted in a favorable direction. Girls are invited to share the ways in which they now seek to make a positive impact in the world and explore opportunities to be of service in line with the old adage, “you keep it by giving it away”.
— Parents frequently remark that their involvement in the family workshops gave them a much better sense of their daughter’s treatment experience. It also provides the strategies and tools that will continue to support healthy family functioning, long after the time of leaving Greenbrier. Many families also gain tremendously from becoming part of the GBA community and develop friendships with the other participants. They report a comfort in having a group of other parents to share in the successes, and challenges. Testimony to the power of the groups is reflected through the formation of alumni parent gatherings, where they can continue their own evolution as a parent.
“I never thought I would say this, but I’m grateful for my daughter’s struggles.
Her ‘problems’ were the impetus for our whole family to heal”.