We are therapists, educators and strategists. We strategize with parents so that the entire family system can be successful. We have an ability to distinguish between when we need to wear our therapist hats and when we are acting in the parent coaching role. Our strategic and practical approach educates parents on how to execute everything that is learned in treatment. We take the therapeutic concepts learned and make them workable within the family system. This helps everyone sustain the needed changes.
Parent coaching works when you embark on parallel process work alongside your child, you increase communication within the entire family system, you learn how to problem solve with your child, and you are able to identify challenges that need to be addressed in order to repair and strengthen your relationships. It’s not easy to bring entirely new ways of interacting into the old environment and our methods incorporate what is working well in your child’s treatment program into your home environment and family system. We adapt and make modifications so that the changes make sense and are sustainable for your family.
Yes, our parent coaching and transitional support services are similar even when the child is a young adult. Our approach is to help guide parents in navigating their relationships with their young adult children by increasing sustainable expectations and boundaries and learning how to establish a collaborative relationship with your young adult child. These approaches and guidance work whether your young adult is at home or living out of the home.
We are clinicians and strategic coaches who have a long, experienced tenure as wilderness and therapeutic boarding school therapists. We are educators by nature and are well-versed in current and ongoing adolescent brain science research. We actually pioneered many of the techniques that are now widely used in the country’s top wilderness therapy and transitional support programs. Our signature techniques have been recognized as the key components in creating effective, supportive and long-term solutions for parents of struggling teens.
We have helped hundreds of parents in utilizing phone sessions and private video conferencing coaching sessions. This familiar format is very similar to how you are already communicating with your wilderness and program therapist. While some parents worry that this approach will be too informal, it actually has several benefits. It can significantly help decrease the discomfort of vulnerability that will be needed to progress. It’s highly convenient as you do not have to be in the same location as your co-parent for a session, you don’t have to take time out to commute to a session and it’s easier to work around tight schedules. We created this flexibility to help ease some of the burden of what is already a significantly challenging time in your family.
Our work here at Solutions Parenting Support is specifically for you, the parents. This ensures that you have the opportunity to experience a rich process of parallel support while engaging in the needed work as a parent and co-parenting team. By giving you a dedicated support system, we are better able to ensure that your child sustains the work that he or she has been doing in treatment.
Yes, we collaborate extensively with program therapists, referring professionals and outpatient therapists both while your child is in treatment and during transition. When a family is in the transition process, we work closely with the outpatient therapists who have the clinical expertise to work with your adolescent and/or young adult while also providing life coaching skills as needed. Our collaborative process with outpatient therapists allows for consistent and ongoing support for the child and the family.
Solutions Parenting Support coaches are therapists, as well as former wilderness therapists, who are educated and trained in family systems theories and also have the unique understanding of the therapeutic journey families are on during wilderness and therapeutic boarding school placements. Whether you are concerned about your childʻs behaviors, have a child in treatment or are transitioning a child home or to independent living, the experiential techniques and methodologies our coaches teach empower you to affect both in the moment and longer term change to your parenting style. We are considered experts in this field and we have the ability to support, educate and guide parents in the changes they need to make to support their child and sustain therapeutic work that is accomplished with outpatient or in-patient therapists. We also assist parents in how to best utilize family therapy as a whole system when the time allows.
You will create a specific plan with your SPS parent coach based on your situation. Our style is to determine what a parent/parenting team needs each week and to meet those needs to the best of our ability. We believe in proactive weekly coaching sessions that allow the parent coach to get to know you, your values, your strengths and struggles while guiding you with specific strategies to support your situation.
Additionally, your Solutions Parenting Support parent coach is available as-needed during the work week and, if you reach out for additional support, your coach can typically schedule time with you within 24 hours. Your coach will also help you to ingrain habits to support yourself for the times when your coach is not available. Solutions Parenting Support provides weekly support, and most parents are relieved to find out that this isn’t limited to a specific number of sessions. We meet as often as necessary during the contract period. If we are contracted for 8 weeks of parent support, then our work is based on what is needed each week to get results. We rarely can predict when crises arise, so in addition to the weekly scheduled session, we are in constant contact throughout the week via texting, emailing, phone calls and on-the-fly sessions when needed.