Open Communication Using Today's Technology
Everyday our clients are doing important work building skills and motivation for a lifetime. Although this work is critical to success, connecting with the family back home, through family therapy, is vital to long-term success. Communication from blueFire, our clients, and the family back home includes:
- Weekly communication with your child’s therapist
- Letter writing to and from your child
- Video journaling from your child
- Video conferencing for family therapy
- Phone calls with parent, child and therapist
- Parent program where you spend time in-person
The Client’s Personal Therapist
Each client has a primary therapist who serves as the primary source of information about clients during the wilderness therapy program.
At the beginning of the Blue Fire experience, parents have an initial phone call with their child’s treatment team to review goals and objectives based on the submitted application and the client’s initial assessment. Families will have weekly calls and emails from the client’s therapist updating the family on their child’s status/progress including specific areas of focused work. This helps families understand how the child’s treatment plan is progressing. Parents also have work to do in our family therapy systems model while their child is in treatment.
“Blue Fire was very helpful and proactive in what was a difficult situation with a very small window of time to ” Make it Happen” once our son was there, I felt that the staff did a great job of communicating what was happening and what the short term and long term plan was going to be.” -
Today’s Technology Plus Good Old Fashioned Letter Writing & Workshops
Families and clients share letters back and forth throughout the wilderness therapy experience. We ask families to write specific letters based on the phase of the program. This helps our clients embrace the critical challenges they need to evaluate and address while in program.
Once clients have settled in and started participating in the program, families may start to receive video journals that inform them about the work clients are doing while starting the process of rebuilding relationships. Families also participate in family therapy with their child using secure video conferencing.
Using today’s technology improves communication as we all communicate verbally and non-verbally. Plus, families just want to see their child’s face and hear their voice. This is why we use the latest in technology at blueFire, providing families with video conferencing and video emails, even out in the field.
Our goal is to create a partnership between your child, the family and our team. We do this with a structured communication plan that includes individual and family therapy. As your child’s time at blueFire nears an end, we strive to remove our team from the equation as your family creates and maintains constructive and open communication with one another.
Want to Learn More
We are happy to answer any question you have about bluefire wilderness