Family Program

Summit Achievement has always had a high level of family involvement as it helps to increase positive outcomes for our students and their families.

The Summit Achievement therapist serves as the primary contact and communication liaison between student and parent.  This masters level therapist is responsible for fully integrating the students parents into their treatment process.

Parents are strongly encouraged to visit the campus three times during the Achievement Program:

  • On the day the adolescent enrolls
  • Mid-way through the program for an overnight visit
  • On the day the adolescent is discharged


On most of these occasions, the therapist facilitates a face-to-face family therapy session involving both parents and student. In between these in-person family sessions, family therapy continues via telephone or video conference calls. Following a progress update to parents by the primary therapist, the student joins the conference call to discuss treatment goals, specific treatment issues, dynamics of the parent-child relationship and transition planning. In this way, the parent-child relationship and respectful communication is strengthened, paving the way for the students in successful return home.

The Parallel Process and the Summit Parenting Program

Each family will receive a digital copy of our Summit Achievement Parallel Process Parent Curriculum as well as a copy of the book, “The Parallel Process” by Krissy Pozatek, MSW,  upon admission of their child to Summit.  All families will also have six sessions of parent coaching during their child’s stay at Summit with Nick Faraldi, MSW, our Director of Parent Support who will help guide parents through the Summit Achievement Parallel Process Parent Curriculum.

Summit Achievement Parallel Process Parent Curriculum

Our innovative Summit Achievement Parallel Process Parent Curriculum was designed by the renowned author and parent coach Krissy Pozatek, MSW.  Our leadership team and clinical team have been trained by Krissy Pozatek to help implement the new curriculum and integrate the parallel process concepts into our program.  Just as students move through six levels in our Achievement program, parents will also move through six levels with guidance through our Director of Family Support; so parents have an opportunity to grow alongside their child.  Through the next year, Krissy will continue to advise us through monthly supervisory calls with staff to oversee the implementation of the Summit Achievement Parallel Process Curriculum at Summit.