During the wilderness experience parents are required to complete our exclusive Parent Narratives. The Parent Narratives provide a voice for parents in their child’s treatment process.

For many troubled teens, the Narratives are their first real look at their own histories. It is their opportunity to learn of their parents’ triumphs and failures. The Narratives are also designed to coincide with student autobiographies. Each is shared at a specific point in the teen’s individual therapy. These exercises often become the focal point around which parent and child begin to build a sense of unity.

As students hear their parents’ narration of their own lives and the child’s, it becomes more difficult for the student to excuse away his behavior. He cannot hide or ignore the facts of his own life. He cannot minimize or trivialize his parents’ love and support.

These exclusive Narratives are also a useful tool in measuring the parent’s commitment to their child’s therapy and the program in general. When parents are unwilling to complete their assignments, therapists are alerted to potential problems in the family dynamic. That dynamic may be a factor in determining what the next step should be in the student’s transition plan. Parent centered learning such as the phone interaction with therapists and Parent Narratives, done jointly with student learning, help parents understand their teen’s level in the developmental process. Parents learn how to assess their child’s commitment to the family relationship and how to measure the program’s effectiveness.

Please explore our website or call an admissions counselor at 801-921-8488 for additional information about how RedCliff Ascent can help your family.