Family Support

Repairing & rebuilding relationships


This is all about family.

Research has demonstrated that programs for struggling teens that include high levels of parental involvement have better outcomes than those who do not. We created our parental component with this research in mind.

We want to help you begin to repair and restore the family that you may have thought was lost to you. We provide families with transformative experiences that help engage the entire family in the change process.

ELE - mom and daughter

Family Success

“No words could ever describe what Elevations has meant to our family. We were inspired to recognize and accept our issues and to change those things causing us emotional pain and fracturing our relationships. Everyone took the time to explain things that we didn’t understand and made them easier to comprehend. Elevations gave us the coping tools to become a more unified family.”

-Dorene, parent of former student


Family Experiences Provided by Elevations

  1. New Parent Orientation– This is where you can meet the people who will be working with you along the way, ask questions of the different members on your child’s treatment team, and better understand the general goings on at Elevations RTC.
  2. Parent Seminars– Every quarter students and their parents work with other families and professional staff to further explore and better understand family dynamics.  Through various experiential and therapeutic interventions, families often walk away from the two day seminars with a greater understanding and ability to overcome the challenges they face.  Families also recognize they are not alone in these challenges.
  3. Visits– In coordination with your child’s treatment team, we can assist your family in coming for on-campus visits, local overnight trips, as well as home visits that will provide everyone with an opportunity to gain the most out of their time together.
  4. Family Therapy– Because most of our families do not live nearby, we stay in touch with weekly family therapy sessions that can include Skype sessions to talk through the difficulties you are experiencing.
  5. Parent Support Group– Connect weekly via zoom with other parents who understand and get it. While each family has been on their own journey, you are not alone! Parents attending our support group are in a non-judgemental and supportive group of other parents which can lead to comfort and peace. In this group, parents get suggestions, encouragement, and hope. This group is run by a therapist but is designed to be an open forum for parents to bring whatever they need for the week. Parents learn from each other. More experienced parents guild the new parents and help them avoid common mistakes. Parents don’t need to feel isolated and anxious. There is help.
  6. Parent Pathways – These are extended weekends that meet quarterly, for a parent focused therapy work for them. The goals of this work is to increase insight, awareness, effective coping skills, empathy, hope and connection. Each retreat is 4 days long and includes lodging, food, and recreational gear. Seeing parents do their own work is one of the best ways to validate a struggling child and increases the chances of a child being successful in the future at home. Parents attending these weekends leave with a plan of what they will do differently moving forward. Included in this is also an understanding of how change is brought about with their children and for themselves. Parents make long lasting connections with other parents and feel they have a safe place to express their own struggles.

Elevations is respected as one of the leading treatment centers for depression, anxiety, defiance, and mood disorders. We treat each individual person in program while helping the family back home as well.

Psychiatric / Medical Care

With on-staff medical and psychiatric support, Elevations can help complex teens with inaccurate and conflicting diagnoses.

Types of Therapy

Elevations offers a breadth and depth of therapeutic approaches in order to provide students the tools they need for successful change.

Family Support

Bringing families back together through support, care, and guidance to repair and rebuild stronger bonds.

Better Relationships

Students learn accountability, reliability, and trust thanks to consistent structure and encouragement.

Elevations Reviews

I am very happy that we found Elevations RTC and our daughter has worked hard to deal with her condition and does so much more effectively than before. Thank you!


Throughout our experience at Elevations and now continuing with the Approach, we experienced the therapy/help to be focused on our son’s needs taking into account prior history as well as progress made.


Matt Seelos has been terrific. Our son appeared to trust him and open up to him. He was great at helping us navigate many of the family communication and trust issues that arose.


Strengths of the program are the therapeutic, residential and medical staff, along with solid academic program and a good process for communication amongst these teams, are the DBT framework and positive peer mentoring, and all gender inclusive environment.


Great supportive teachers! Especially, Jon Kortman, Peggy Dopp and Jen Capellen. We really appreciate their honest feedback and support with our son. Jon was instrumental in providing timely information to our IEP team at home to help with our son’s transition back to his home school.


My daughter spent eight months at elevations and overcame many challenges with the help of an amazing therapist and a supportive environment.

Scott M.

Success began with a safe environment. The Elevations staff was nurturing and supportive. The therapeutic team at Elevations was patient, determined and caring. My daughter found both support and challenge from the positive peer culture and team process.

Janda E.

Our son had a wonderful experience at Elevations.  This program follows through on what it promises.  The staff is excellent.


It was a great nurturing environment. She really loved the staff and would go to them if she was struggling or needed help, advice, or just to talk.

Deann C.

This was the fourth placement for our son. It was the only one where he finally became stable. We could not have asked for a better outcome at this time!


I will forever be grateful to Elevations for giving me back my daughter. She is back living a productive and healthy life.  Elevations provided her the ability to hold herself accountable for her own future.


We have our child back. Keep up the good work!


Our son had a wonderful experience at Elevations.  This program follows through on what it promises. The staff is excellent.