Getting Help For Your Family
We invite you to call 435-900-7753 to speak with one of our admissions counselors. They will answer your questions and conduct an assessment with you to see if Sunrise is a good fit for your daughter. If it seems that we may not be the best fit for your daughter, we will help you find an education consultant in your area. The education consultant will be able to identify a few programs where your daughter will have the best opportunity to be successful.
Finding the right placement for your daughter can be daunting and arduous. Using this list of questions when speaking with different Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) treatment centers can help you make the right choice for your family.
What to Expect
Prior to admission, you can talk to our admissions counselors as much as you need. They will answer your questions and address your concerns. We also welcome you to speak with our alumni students and families–our admissions counselors will be able to put you in contact with them. We invite you to come to Utah to spend time on our campus and meet the staff that would be working with your daughter. This is a big decision and we want you to know you’re making the right one.
Admitting your daughter to any program feels overwhelming to most parents. Sunrise will support you every step of the way. Often parents will travel to Sunrise with their daughter on admission day, while in other cases, circumstance requires that the daughter be professionally transported to our campus. When your daughter arrives, she will be greeted by a staff and peer who will take her on a tour and help her unpack. Once she is all settled in, and the parents have completed any remaining paperwork, the family will have the opportunity to say goodbye to their daughter in private. After the family leaves, she will stay with staff at all times until her therapist determines that she will be safe.
The first few weeks at Sunrise may be challenging, both for families and daughters. As your daughter adjusts to her new environment, she might feel homesick and ask you to take her home. This is heart-wrenching for parents to hear. However, as time moves on, you will build trust with her team, and she will acclimate to the program. As she begins to work therapeutically, you will start to see positive changes in your daughter. Your daughter will have the chance to visit home while at Sunrise. These visits shouldn’t be thought of as a ‘vacation from treatment’, but rather a time for your family to practice the skills you’ve been learning in the home environment. The progress may not seem linear–there will be ups and downs–but she is steadily evolving into her healthier self.
Your daughter will mature into a confident, healthy, and independent young woman. When she, her treatment team, and her family see this, it is time for her to graduate from the program and transition home or into her next phase of life. Prior to discharge, we will help your family ensure that your daughter has appropriate therapeutic and academic support in the home community. Our students tend to do best at home when their time is structured. Her therapist will help her find extracurricular activities or volunteer work to fill her time with something meaningful. On her graduation day, we invite parents and family members to come to campus to join us in a celebration of your family and the work you have completed.
The transition home is both joyous and overwhelming. To help with the fluctuations of life at home, Sunrise offers a monthly support call for parents and a bi-monthly support call for alumnae students.
Each of these calls is led by a Sunrise therapist and will address topics of concern to transitioning families and students, as well as offer support and encouragement from others on the call. While the journey will not always be easy, we are confident that your family will be successful in transitioning from Sunrise.