Muir Wood supports the well-being of parents as well as their children.
Parents of children with mental health and substance use disorders need support and care. Living with a child suffering from mental health challenges can be extremely taxing on the mental health of parents and guardians. Parents seeking care for their children often experience depression, anxiety, and other issues.
Muir Wood clients and family members become part of our alumni community — one built around mutual support, understanding, and camaraderie. Perhaps no-one is better able to understand the feelings and experiences of raising children with mental health and substance use disorders than other parents who have lived the same experience.
To facilitate connection and allow parents to better support one another, Muir Wood has created a private social network for alumni using the Mighty Network platform. Using Mighty Networks, Muir Wood alumni parents can post questions and stories, request information, communicate with other group members, and reach out for help.
The Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services Mighty Network group is moderated by Muir Wood Community Outreach and Family Support Specialist, Krista MacKinnon. Krista, a talented and experienced care provider and mother of three, shares extensive knowledge in the treatment of adolescent mental health and connecting families with supportive resources.
Peer support groups like Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDa), and others can provide important resources and fellowship for the parents of children with substance use and mental health conditions. Muir Wood helps parents identify support groups in their local communities.
To provide comprehensive treatment for teens, Muir Wood addresses the entire family. Client families receive an hour of individual family therapy each week during treatment. The Muir Wood family program invites family members to campus on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, every other week.
Where to Stay When Visiting Muir Wood
Muir Wood recommends nearby acomodations for family members visiting campus and taking part in family therapy.