At Paradigm New York, we strongly believe that the recovery and well-being of adolescents is closely related to the well-being of the family, and have designed our treatment programs and offerings to reflect this. Though our primary focus is to address and support the specific needs of teens, we also have designed numerous programs to help support, educate, and address the needs and struggles of parents and family members, during this time. Among these is our Parent Coaching and Training Services, which includes our Parent Effectiveness Training, which we encourage all parents to participate in, while their teens are here with us at Paradigm New York.
All of our Parent Effectiveness Training sessions are facilitated by a P.E.T. Certified trainer. During PET sessions, parents have the opportunity to learn and explore a range of different issues, including things such as: behavior windows, problem ownership, parenting styles, active listening, communication skills, and communication roadblocks. During these sessions, parents work with the trainer to develop a greater awareness of what sorts of habits and dynamics may be present, which are hindering healthy, positive communication in their families. What we find is that very often, even despite parents’ great efforts to gain perspective and make progress in relationships with their teens, there are nonetheless still consistent and fundamental communication patterns that are in place. In these sessions, the trainer helps parents to identify and evaluate these patterns, so that they can then make positive changes, moving forward.
Another aspect of Parent Effectiveness Training is providing parents with practical skills and resources which will help them to foster healthy, open communication, with their teens. Some of this may include things such as I-Messages vs. You-Messages and learning how to listen actively to their teens. Parents may also learn skills for conflict resolution, family rule setting, valuing differences, modeling, and creating a safe, supportive environment. Our PET sessions are designed according to parents’ specific needs and struggles, which allows the trainer to work specifically with individual parents in ways that will benefit them the most.
At Paradigm New York, we offer a number of different Parent Support Services, including parent Effectiveness Training. Paradigm New York is a residential teen treatment facility, dedicated to providing holistic treatment to adolescents, ages 13-17, for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse disorders. Paradigm New York is located in Westchester, New York and is regularly voted among the very best in adolescent treatment care.