Parent Narratives

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

For many troubled teens, the Parent Narratives are their first real look at their own histories. It is also 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. Furthermore, 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 the parent’s lives as well as the parent’s view of the  the child’s, it becomes more difficult for the student to excuse away their behavior. The teen cannot hide or ignore the facts of their own life. The student cannot minimize or trivialize their parents’ love and support.

These Narratives are also a useful tool in measuring the parent’s commitment to their child’s therapy and the program in general. Therapists can recognize potential problems in the family dynamic that can come from parents unwilling to complete their personal assignments. 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.

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