Family Counseling

Family counseling can be requested by the placing agency or recommended by Pathways Adolescent Center staff and/of referring psychologist.  Family counseling focuses on parents becoming aware of their child’s and family’s needs.  Counseling will concentrate on how the parents can become a positive support system to their child, how to address their family’s problems and how to cope with their family’s needs.  Treatment books and assignments are also utilized to aid the family counseling.

Basic Core Counseling Strategies utilized:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Strategies
  • Role Playing
  • Behavior Modification Techniques
  • Solution Focused Techniques
  • Education on Court System/Expectations
  • Timeline/Focus on where the breakdown in the family setting occurred
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Parental Expectations
  • Healthy Boundaries
  • Rule Setting and Consistency
  • Parenting Education and Strategies
  • Healthy Decision Making
  • Co-Parenting
  • Short/Long Term Goals of Parents and Children
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • Active Communication/Listening Skills
  • Relapse Prevention Planning
  • Importance of following out-patient counseling and referral resources.

If a resident is involved in a specialized treatment services, then his/her counseling will focus on those particular needs and also the core family counseling areas listed.  If the placing agency has specific requests for family counseling services the Counseling Coordinator will address those during the intake process.