The decision to send your child away from home for treatment takes courage and a lot of love. We know it can trigger a mix of emotions. You may feel an extreme sense of loss, or a huge sense of relief. No matter how you feel, know that this decision will strengthen your child and your family. The Nexus treatment approach creates a lasting positive impact that ripples throughout generations to come.
It is our goal to help you, your family, and your child create a brighter future. We believe in strengthening the inherent goodness and potential of every child and family, no matter what challenges you face.
Your participation is important to the successful outcome of your child’s treatment. We will talk to you about treatment, your child’s daily living, your child’s positive and negative behavior, and how we are addressing your child’s progress and/or challenges.
After admission, you and your child will meet with a therapist assigned to help your family through the treatment process. An agreement will be established regarding family therapy, family visits and regular contact between you and your child. Contact can happen in person, via telephone, or through the use of videoconferencing.
The treatment team consists of you, your child, the referring agency, and the Nexus treatment staff. The Nexus treatment staff may include psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical directors, clinical supervisors, case managers, sexuality therapists, family therapists, recreation or vocational counselors, medical staff, counselors, and teachers.
You will most likely have a lot of questions about your child’s care, their treatment, or what they are experiencing in treatment. Questions are good and they are welcomed. Sometimes, answers take time, so be patient with us and your child as we work through the treatment process together.
It can be very difficult to have a child placed in somebody else’s care. You may experience a very deep sense of loss. For some families, it may also bring up feelings of relief because sometimes we need a break from the difficult experiences we have been going through. No matter what you feel about your family’s separation, our staff understands that this may be a difficult time for your family and will help you meet your needs.
Sometimes children will experience new feelings and learn how to express them differently during the therapy process. They may express more feelings to your family as they learn to feel their feelings and talk about them. Work with your therapist to understand the source of your child’s feelings and how you can best help them as they try new behaviors.
Your child is not the only one who might experience feelings during treatment. Other family members may also experience new feelings during the treatment process. Your family might also feel overwhelmed at times. This is normal; let us help your family deal with any feelings that you might experience.
During the treatment process we might talk about difficult things that have happened, your concerns about your child’s behavior, or topics that have not been talked about before, like issues around human sexuality. We want to make it comfortable for your family to talk about the tough stuff.