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Family Resources

Resources for Families

There is no tried and true parenting manual for raising your child, let alone a child that may live with a mental illness. At Midwest Center for Youth & Families, we understand that. We also know that you are not alone.

Your child is one of many experiencing a mental health or emotional/behavioral problem that impacts their ability to successfully function at home, in school or in their community. Parents who have just been given advice to consider residential treatment for their child experience a lot of conflicting feelings during this time — guilt, frustration, anger, sadness or a feeling of failure. We realize, during this time of crisis, you are trying to make the best decision you can for your child.

Helping your child requires you to be equipped with information and tools to make informed decisions. To assist families in learning about residential treatment and how to go about choosing the right treatment program, we’ve created A Parent’s Toolkit: Decision Making for Residential Treatment.

In this toolkit, we’ve provided information to help you make an informed decision about using a residential facility to provide secured treatment for your child. We know this is not all of the information you will ever need, but it’s a good starting point.

Please feel free to contact us if you want to talk to someone about your options. You can reach us by calling 888-629-3471 to discuss your child’s needs and explore what we can do to help.

Additionally, you can find community information and support here.

DBT for Parents

Our DBT for Parents curriculum is designed to help parents learn how DBT adapts to real-life situations, and empowers parents to learn and understand how DBT targets their child’s issues. Our curriculum helps families learn about the six different levels of validation, and teaches the importance of getting children to open up and communicate without becoming defensive. This helps families build a trusting environment in which parents and children can better communicate and replace negative behaviors with positive thoughts and coping skills. Parent DBT Classes are taught at both our Kouts and Valparaiso locations.

Contact us for more information.

Take the First Step

Find out how Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at Midwest Center for Youth & Families can help your child find hope and healing. Call 888-629-3471 for a no-cost, confidential assessment. If you or your loved one need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.