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Expanding services to help families thrive!

With the new year comes new possibilities and opportunities for learning! In addition to launching exciting new services, we've also expanded the Family Services landing page on our website with new sections, including Skills Development, Cornerstone Experiences, Support, and Connection beyond Open Sky. Catch up on these updates in our first SKYlights issue of 2021, and visit our website to learn more about Open Sky's family-centered approach! 

Thursday Night Class Teaches Valuable Skills

We are excited to introduce a new resource included in tuition for families embarking on their Open Sky journey: Family Pathway Class. Family Pathway Class is a weekly hour-long video call, educating parents on the therapeutic foundations of treatment at Open Sky. Led by members of the Clinical and Family Services Teams, the virtual class is broken down into an 11-week rotating curriculum, with each week focusing on a different topic. These topics include parenting styles, Glasser's needs (Choice Theory), emotion regulation, cognitive distortion, boundaries, and grief.

75-Minute Intro Session Offered to All Enrolled Families 

Families who engage in Parent Coaching services receive six weekly 50-minute teleconference calls with an Open Sky Family Services therapist or wellness counselor. Starting in January 2021, all enrolled parents are offered a 75-minute introductory Parent Coaching call. Click below to learn three ways Parent Coaching can powerfully enhance a family’s Open Sky experience.  

Family Care Coordinators

Compassionate and Competent Support Every Step of the Way

Upon admission to Open Sky, each family is assigned a Family Care Coordinator. With compassion and perspective, Family Care Coordinators help families navigate each step of the program. They manage paperwork, update the Parent Portal with photos and letters, and arrange logistics for services like Wellness Weekend and the Family Quest™ intensive. From enrollment through graduation, Family Care Coordinators are devoted to making the process as smooth as possible for families. 

Wellness Weekend: Empowering Parents to Cultivate Personal Well-Being

Wellness Weekend provides parents an encapsulated experience parallel to that of their child’s journey at Open Sky. Guided by a team of Open Sky professionals, parents learn about real-life applications to support overall health of the body, mind, heart, and spirit. Wellness Weekend, which is included in Open Sky’s tuition, is a powerful service that empowers parents to cultivate personal wellness, model healthy behavior, and commit to their own healing. When this happens, the entire family system thrives.

The Family Quest™ Intensive

As parent and child work along their own Open Sky journeys, their parallel paths can come together for a unique rite of passage: the Family Quest™ intensive. For three days and two nights, family members join their child in the field. Facilitated by a therapist and wilderness guide, families witness firsthand the experience of living in wilderness and engage in deep and important therapeutic work together with their child or sibling. 



Relationships and Career Transformed

Peter Frankel, Alumni Parent (2013) & Open Sky Associate Therapist
My daughter graduated with honors from University of California, Santa Barbara and has arrived at the brink of independent adulthood. As for me, my relationships with all my children have improved. The simple tools I learned while my daughter was at Open Sky carried me forward into a future of possibility and led me to where I am today: an Associate Therapist at Open Sky

From Open Sky Student to ​​Nonprofit Founder

Raya P., Alumni Student (2017)
My family work started at Open Sky. Both my parents were able to recognize that we all, collectively as a family, have our own personal growth. My family and I have never been closer, working to better our relationships every day... I am currently a senior at my home public high school, working hard make my dreams come true. In March of 2020, I started my own nonprofit mentorship program, Girls in Real Life (GIRL).