Teen and Family Services incorporates the Alternative Peer Group Model (APG). The APG provides a positive social environment and a new peer group focusing on attitudes and behaviors conducive to growth and change. The alternative peer group provides the following benefits: after- school hangouts, weekend social activities, a group of youth who can relate to each other and discuss common challenges, encouragement from peers to make positive choices, a safe and sober environment, recovery-oriented social activities and the ability to meet lifelong friends.
Our counseling services are provided by licensed professionals. Our approach is practical and goal-oriented. We focus on improving family communication, teaching skills to support a life of fulfillment and success for our students, and providing parents with tools to more effectively support their teen.
Parents participate alongside their teens in weekly family and parent group meetings where their fellowship is focused on self-care and mutual support. In our parent group meetings, struggling parents gain insight, find answers on day-to-day challenges, learn how to set boundaries, and how best to support their teen in recovery.
Our program works because the entire family actively participates. This is why our success rate is higher than other similar programs.
Teen and Family Services offers meetings for both teens and parents. If you are a parent seeing changes in your teen, come to our Monday Night Meetings held at 7:30 p.m. at our Houston-Memorial Campus, or at The Recovery Center in Tomball. On Thursday nights we meet with our parents at Jones Memorial Methodist Church.
To help clients successfully transition out of an APG setting and into a life as a recovering young adult. we provide the following special services prior to discharge:
Our life skills curriculum provides teens with a new set of tools to overcome the obstacles they face on a daily basis. Teens have the opportunity to witness and practice these new skills during our group meetings, social activities and Outward Bound style nature retreats.
Throughout the week, teens have access to our youth centers designed to offer a safe, healthy alternative to harmful environments. A variety of recreational activities are available at each center. The students have the ability to form supportive relationships with one another and embrace the meaning of enthusiastic sobriety. Contact one of our locations to learn more.
Because our program works!
We have a research-based program that is effective for teens and their families.
87% of TAFS graduates have long term sobriety
100% of TAFS graduates complete high school
90% of TAFS graduates attend college
99% of TAFS students pass drug test screening
98% of our parents agree that they have an improved emotional relationship with their teenager upon graduation from the program
We blend the best of the outdoors with an effective and proven process. Your adolescent will experience the highest standards of safety and therapy and this powerful setting creates real change in teens. It improves adolescents’ self-esteem, self-concept, self-efficacy, self-perception, problem-solving ability, behavioral and cognitive development, and attitude. Combining the power of the outdoor experience with TAFS cutting-edge program we can help teens find their way forward and help families heal. TAFS Annual Adventure Trip backpacks the Continental Divide along the Collegiate Peaks on the Colorado mountains.
Young Adult programming will be a 6-month program for young adults between the ages of 18-25. The work will focus on individualizing and integration into adulthood while maintaining healthy peer relationships and a recovery lifestyle.
There will be four phases of the program:
1. Development and plan
4. Alumni/full integration
Programming will consist of individual sessions as well as group counseling focusing on life skills, living a sober life, having fun, building a healthy peer group, coping strategies for personal and professional atmospheres, integrating into adulthood, job skills, financial development, educational development, setting goals for the future and integration planning (discharge planning).
Groups will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. plus weekend social functions.