Care for the Family

You & Your Family

Alongside is unique in its ministry to both the person and to their most important, intimate relationships. We know that when the adults in the family are in pain, the children often suffer as well. We have developed both a children’s and youth (teen) program based on the same material the parents cover in their seminars. These programs are designed for and adjusted to fit the age and developmental needs of the kids attending each retreat. We are staffed to be able to care for children from infancy through adolescence.

Age-Appropriate Curriculum

Listening, acceptance, flexibility, and community characterize our youth (teen) program. The program is made up of seminar sessions that the teens participate in with each other, followed by time with our youth staff to discuss the material and pursue learning activities. Teens learn from our staff, process what they are learning, and apply it to their hearts and lives.

Facilitating Family Unity

Best of all, children and teens are learning and exploring the same content areas as their parents in the adult seminars. This creates opportunities for families to have important conversations around topics like loss and grief, transition, being a third-culture kid, stress management and resilience, anxiety, conflict, emotions, and facing adversity. While the child and youth programs are not counseling programs, they are often therapeutic for kids and their families.

Access to Child/Teen Counseling

In addition, we have counselors on staff who have expertise in working with children and adolescents. They can be available to meet with you and/or your child(ren) for consultation and, sometimes, counseling while you are at Alongside. Please let us know that you would like to pursue this for your child or children when applying for a retreat.