Family As Part of the Team
“Words cannot express my gratitude for ALL of you. What an incredible group of people and an incredible experience for my son and my wife and I. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You….. and God Bless.”
Steven – A parent from Texas
The Legacy program is rooted in the model outlined in two books from The Arbinger Institute, Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box and The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict. We ask families to read The Anatomy of Peace and participate in the treatment process through writing therapeutically-driven letters assigned by the clinical staff. There are many opportunities to work on family issues throughout the process in conjunction with the entire treatment team.
For best results in treatment and aftercare planning, we ask that every family work with a home therapist or an educational consultant. A team approach is most effective. Doing individual and family therapy while your son is in treatment sends a strong message. Working with an educational consultant or other professionals add depth to assessment and is the most accurate way to plan for what will come after Legacy.
The Family is a part of the treatment team
Each client's individual therapist has a weekly phone call with the client's family. Client treatment goals and progress are discussed weekly with the therapist, who functions as the treatment team leader. Research shows that family involvement is correlated with longer lasting outcomes in young adult treatment.
Families work with us from the beginning to help identify treatment goals. Family members write "Commitment Letters"to encourage client engagement with the program. Every family is involved in writing "Impact Letters," which state to the client how their behavior has impacted their family. These letters help them to gain perspective on their actions, including how they may be impacting themselves with the choices they are making. We ask that family members write weekly letters, discussing goals and expectations, and are engaged with us in family therapy. When needed, we encourage family members to participate in their own therapy at home to identify and work on issues affecting the family. We assign family members books that explain our philosophy and support an educational process that parallels that of the client.
Legacy families are also kept current on activities and developments through a web-based "Family Portal." Field guides add regular updates on client goals and progress and comment about the week's adventure. The Family Portal includes weekly updates on client goals and progress, recent photos, and overviews of the weeks activities.
We post data collected from the OQ-45, a survey instrument that measures progress, and other relevant information to give family members a weekly snap shot of how treatment is progressing and to be better informed in shaping decisions for their son's next step.
We understand that it is not only the individual who is in need of healing, but often those who are closest to them as well. This is why we work with the families of our clients and invite them to attend a two-day intensive family workshop at least once during the stay of their family member. These workshops consist of multi-family group and educational sessions, and individual family therapy sessions with their primary therapist. These workshops give family members an opportunity to reconnect after they have had some time apart to work on themselves and offers the space for them to work on their family dynamics together. Families are also able to learn and grow from the experiences of the other families in attendance, and often walk away feeling that they are not alone on the journey they have travelled.
During family workshop, we take families out in multi-family groups into our beautiful course area where we give them the opportunity to experience a small piece of what the clients experience each week in the field. We cater these adventures to the physical capabilities of the group, and often include some hiking and/or some mild technical rope work, like rappelling. The families also often engage in group initiative games that are then processed with a clinical focus. These adventures help our families gain insight through experiential activities, feel the healing power of nature, and get a taste of the fun adventures that can be found in the outdoors.