45-Day Parent Coaching & Aftercare Program
The Parent Support & Coaching Program is a 45-day aftercare program that is provided to parents free of charge following their teen’s residential treatment stay at Muir Wood. Led by Rawland Glass, LCSW, a nationally recognized treatment expert, licensed therapist and recipient of the Addiction Professional Outstanding Clinician award in 2012, this program involves weekly scheduled phone calls or Skype sessions with parents, along with specific curriculum based on Muir Wood’s Saturday Family Program.
As treatment can be a significant investment of resources – time, emotions, and finances, the Parent Coaching Program is about providing concrete support to parents as their child transitions back home and reintegrates into the family, school, and community. Active involvement in this program is also designed to protect the considerable investment parents have made in their child’s recovery and increase potential success of long-term goals.
Muir Wood recognizes that parenting can be tough under any circumstances. When substance use and underlying behavioral health issues are added to the mix, it can seem impossible to remain grounded, have clarity, and take appropriate actions. Fear, guilt, shame, hurt and other emotions may overwhelm parents, and often parents need someone to help guide them out of the fray and provide assistance in those moments of confusion and chaos.
The philosophy at Muir Wood involves the whole family with a strong commitment to serving the teen as part of a family system. The Parent Coaching Program is a real-time, phone based service, that allows parents a weekly scheduled call that focuses on the here and now. It allows the coach and parent to identify specific ideas, tools, and skills to successfully parent a teen returning home after a residential program stay. It also allows for parents to further the gains made by the family while in treatment. This program also includes the ability of parents to make emergency phone calls where they can access the Parent Coach should a crisis arise. Should this occur, parents can get the support and guidance they need using specific tools to help them work through the crisis as a team.
This curriculum based program builds on the Muir Wood Saturday Family Program, with an emphasis on practical applications of parenting skills, structure and nurturing, and a focus on how to best put those principles into real life practice. Parents will have approximately one hour of homework each week to go along with the 75-minute weekly phone call or Skype session.
Muir Wood is committed to delivering the gold standard in adolescent substance abuse and mental health treatment. This unique Parent Support and Coaching Program, further demonstrates Muir Wood’s continuing course to best support parents and teens in early recovery and commitment to sustainable healing.
Parent Coaching & Aftercare Program Testimonial
“I wanted to write and tell you how much I’ve enjoyed and been supported by my weekly phone meetings with Rawly since [our son] returned home from Muir Wood in August.
Talking with Rawly, reading two books he recommended, referencing the handouts he emailed, and doing some “homework” between sessions has helped me feel stronger personally and more competent and confident as [his] mom.
This aftercare piece of what Muir Wood offers families has been an absolute lifesaver for me, and for [our son] by association! Rawly’s knowledge, focus, and real-life approach is outstanding. I see and feel the results of our work together showing up in many ways — from improved communication with [our son], to my setting clearer boundaries.”
– The Mother of a Muir Wood Alumnus