Family Restoration is one of the flagship components of Abundant Life Academy. It is one of a number of things that sets us apart from similar therapeutic boarding schools.
Developmentally, teenagers are at a place where they begin, for the first time, to seek independence. As they do, they often begin to pull away from the source of their current belief system—the family. Unfortunately, in many cases, as the youth pulls away from their family, parents tend to press in even more. This process often creates a disconnect between teen and parent. As the teen pulls further away, stress and anxiety is increased in the home and parents tend to restrict their son or daughter’s behavior even more. The result is that, often, the teen will not only reject their current family values, he or she will seek out peers who will support them in this relational dissonance. This serves merely to widen the chasm between parent and child.
At Abundant Life Academy, we believe in complete restoration of the entire family. While the primary emphasis is on helping each child come to a place where they know themselves, can choose appropriate behaviors and belief systems, and recognize the power of giving back, it is not the end of the journey. We recognize that the family has also been affected tremendously and that, while every parent has poured out their heart and often exhausted every resource possible to prevent their child’s negative behaviors and attitudes prior to enrollment, there are opportunities for growth as a parent as well.
Abundant Life Academy exists to see students revived and families restored. As such, each family is required throughout their teen’s stay with us to also be engaged in the process.