Our family healing program has been an integral part of treatment at New Haven since we opened our doors in 1995. Throughout your time at New Haven, your family and daughter will have the opportunity to explore and identify personal and family values, as well as how it looks and feels to live by those values. New Haven's values-based healing Phases help our students and families to take positive control of their lives by teaching them to shift control from an external locus (others control them) to an internal locus (they have control over themselves).
How the Program Works
New Haven's value-based Phases make up what we call the Family Healing Program. They are designed to help you take positive control of your life by teaching you to shift your locus of control from external (others controlling you) to internal (you control yourself). Each Phase has a meaningful name: Safety, Expectation, Exploration, Insight, Integrity and Interdependence. The second two Phases begin with the prefix "EX", as in the word "ex-ternal", which symbolizes that you are still being controlled, or motivated, by outside influences. The last three Phases begin with the prefix "IN", such as in the word "in-ternal", which represents your shift toward internal motivation and taking control of yourself.
Each Phase has assignments which you must complete before you are eligible to advance to the next phase. These assignments incorporate all aspects of your treatment here, including individual therapy, family therapy, recreational therapy, and developing your personal values system. Each phase also has the opportunity for new privileges.
Steps of the Family Healing Program
The Safety Phase provides an opportunity for the staff to get to know a new student and for the student to get to know the staff. This initial stage usually lasts just a few days. When a student shows they can be safe, they move to the next Phase.
Phase 1: Expectation
Students and families learn New Haven's rules, boundaries, structure, and other expectations.
Phase 2: Exploration
In this phase, students and familes explore and rediscover their values. They learn and establish an attitude of openness to new information about themselves, specifically self-defeating behaviors. Family members learn to give feedback in respectful ways and receive it non-defensively, as well as identify and acknowledge treatment issues.
Phase 3: Insight
During this phase, internal motivation is more evident for students and families. They are able to verbalize personal insights into what they do and why they do it. The student and their family display a willingness to be open and honest and are working to restore trust.
Phase 4: Integrity
Integrity means wholeness. The family manifests a genuine change of heart and attitude. The student and family are constantly learning and consistently demonstrating internal motivation. The student displays leadership and is an example to the community around her. The family is sincere in therapy and active in transition planning.
Phase 5: Interdependence
When a family becomes interdependent they value growth, accountability, independence, and responsibility. Individual members are driven by an internal locus of control and feel a sense of self-confidence and worth. The family understands that it is healthy to provide and receive appropriate levels of guidance, support, and structure. Family members are resilient to stress, remain flexible, and are intentional in their relationships.
It is our goal to prepare each student to return home with their family. Every individual student and family are preparing for their transition from the very beginning of their stay at New Haven. With the support of their clinician, they are given specific assignments along the way that will help each individual be prepared for this return.
Our academic team has their own metric of growth to track the progress of each individual student. This will help each student be successful in an academic setting, and be prepared for their academic future.