Family Weekends

Family Weekends at Gateway Freedom Ranch for Girls

Parent Workshop (February)

Each February, a workshop is held at Riverstone Lodge, near Gateway’s campus, with clinical therapist Todd Call, for parents to learn about the family system and how a healthy family system operates. Erik Erikson’s stages of development are discussed in depth, as well as the etiology of relational injury, the concept of trust, and how that is expressed and defined in relationship, and negative control mechanisms that are employed in many relationships. The focus of this workshop is not on the student, but on the parents and on discovering what role the parents have in the family system. A major theme is, “What is my role in getting to where we now are?” There is a lot of discussion and examination of past experience and the thoughts, feelings, and actions that led to those experiences. Parents are asked to identity beliefs that shape their responses to events in their lives, and to analyze whether those beliefs are self-enhancing or self-limiting. This workshop provides an opportunity for each participant to explore their patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving and to discover how those patterns contribute to the family system. Only parents attend this workshop, not the entire family. This workshop is experiential and educational in nature. It is not therapeutic. However, therapeutic benefits may come out of it.

Family Workshop (June)

Each June, a workshop is held at Riverstone Lodge, near Gateway’s campus, with clinical therapist Todd Call, for families to learn to communicate within their family system. This workshop is intended for the entire family, including parents, siblings, and the student at Gateway. There are exercises that aim to help the family gain perspective into each other family member’s perspective of how the family got to where they now are. Each family member has a chance to share and communicate. We believe communication is a critical part of a family, and in this workshop, we focus on resolving communications from the past and building new communication tools for the present and future. This workshop is experiential and educational in nature. It is not therapeutic. However, therapeutic benefits may come out of it.

Aftercare Workshop (October)

Each October, a workshop is held at Riverstone Lodge, near Gateway’s campus, with clinical therapist Todd Call that is designed for parents to learn about their daughter’s journey home and beyond and to address issues and scenarios that may arise after their daughter comes home. The importance of structure is discussed at length, in topics such as curfews, friendships, and cell phones, and opportunities are given to the parents that help them learn how to respond to any scenario that may come their way once their daughter comes home. Parents learn that things must change to become entirely different than before their daughter came to Gateway. They also learn about what aftercare with Gateway staff looks like, and about the importance of setting new boundaries and expectations at home. Electronic usage is a thoroughly discussed topic. Many tools are learned by parents at this workshop. Only parents attend this workshop, not the entire family. This workshop is experiential and educational in nature. It is not therapeutic. However, therapeutic benefits may come out of it.

In order to protect the privacy of our participating families, we cannot post photos of our workshops. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.