At Auldern Academy, we believe the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in helping students overcome their struggles. This therapeutic relationship isn’t confined to what goes on between your daughter and her therapist alone. We define it as the collaborative relationship between the student, parent, and our staff. To gain a real understanding of your daughter and successfully influence change, our therapists, teachers, student life coaches, administration, cooks, and maintenance crew – everyone – has to help create a therapeutic milieu that supports your daughter in every aspect of her life. We have to work synergistically to create a safe environment where we can address emotional, psychological, social, and educational needs of the entire community.
We have a lot to do. Auldern Academy students have been struggling to live safely and productively at home. Synergistic family involvement is critical to the success of our students. Our entire community works together to encourage and support the development of integrity, character, self-respect, autonomy, self-efficacy, maturity, resiliency, and healthy decision making. We ALL have to build an environment that feels safe, positive, and affirming, so we can arm our students – your daughters – with a stronger sense of self and confidence.
Our therapists are at the core of creating strong and genuine therapeutic relationships, guiding all of us in our understanding of your daughter and her needs. Their therapeutic alliances empower our students with the skills necessary to recognize and create healthy coping and emotional regulation skills. Their example helps students develop healthy and positive relationships. This doesn’t happen overnight, of course, and the “progress” may come in spurts, but the trust that is built with their therapists facilitates the beginning of healing. We provide weekly family sessions as we understand that engaging families in the student’s therapy is integral for success.