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Our Generational Empowerment Model

First Light Wilderness Therapy offers families a parallel therapeutic process where parents will engage in self-exploration, healing, and growth alongside and with their child. As students at First Light work towards building confidence and healthy coping skills, providing parents with the tools to better understand unhealthy family dynamics, develop more effective and impactful parenting skills, and continue progress at home is critical to long-term success and meaningful and sustainable change. Parents engage with the program via weekly phone calls with their child’s primary therapist; during weekly online support groups with our program co-founder and Chief Clinical Consultant, Steve Sawyer, through regular assignments and webinars, and with a parent workshop conducted onsite at our Dahlonega location as well as in the field with their child in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia.

Parent Services and Resources

The role of parents involves everything from offering support to gaining an understanding of child behavior and actions. Communication between therapists and the staff in our programs is vital to ensure all families are engaged with their children’s success. The parent model includes:

Weekly Phone Calls With the Lead Therapist

This is an opportunity for parents to hear about their child’s progress in the program and provide an opportunity for therapists and families to discuss family dynamics.

Skill Development

We want to provide the tools and knowledge for parents and challenge them to gain a deep understanding of their child's difficulty and work to create a secure caregiving environment.

Building Stronger Parent/Child Relationships

Ongoing family work consists of readings and therapeutic assignments to complete intended to provide parents with more confidence in the relationship with their child.

Family Intensive Program

Family intensive programs occur over a two or three-day period after students are about halfway or more through the program. These are multi-family experiential workshops intentionally designed to address family system issues, such as communication styles, re-establishing healthy connections, intergenerational trauma, and the foundation for healthy caregiving. This on-location program includes parent-only workshops, individual family therapy sessions with the child, multi-family sessions, multi-family adventure programming, and dedicated parent-child time. Contact us to learn more about our family program.