Blue Ridge Families

teen girl therapy programs

"The family work is really key"

"This will be the best thing that your family will experience. I don’t see what child or family couldn’t benefit from the experience... I am sold on how much the program emphasizes family work. The family work is really key." Read more ➔

-Susan, Blue Ridge Parent '22

"One thing that my husband and I feel so good about is that after 20 years of marriage, we have direction for ourselves together and as individuals, a the Blue Ridge Pathway to guide our commitment to our boys as parents, and some context for how to reflect and attune each other’s feelings more often. We had never even thought of doing that before... I think we’re all better off now.”


Family Systems Approach

Blue Ridge is a program for the whole family. We view the student in the field as one piece of a larger puzzle, and as a catalyst for change across the whole family system.

Parent Programming

Within the family system, there are roles, rules, norms, dynamics and patterns that have occurred over time—often unconsciously. Sometimes, these dynamics are supportive and adaptive, and sometimes they become unhealthy for the individuals, relationships and the system as a whole. This can include how families communicate emotions, manage conflict, establish and maintain boundaries, spend time together, and define their roles and identities.

Our family systems approach means that we also strive for long-lasting, systemic change within families by providing sophisticated, robust support to families at Blue Ridge and Emerald Arrow.