As SandyPines strives to build bridges between our families and this treatment center, we developed the Family R.O.P.E.S. program. Family R.O.P.E.S. is an exciting event that occurs weekly on Saturday afternoons. Families are strongly encouraged to participate in this program, as it enhances and supports what is being taught to the child on the milieu and in individual/group sessions, as well as to the family during family sessions. It is a fun way to develop positive communication and problem-solving skills within the family unit. All activities are presented as a “challenge by choice.” Participants are never forced to engage in any exercise they are not comfortable participating in. However, participants can still remain in the group and offer feedback and encouragement to those individuals who engage in the challenge presented.
Following the Family R.O.P.E.S. program, participants are afforded the opportunity to engage in a family barbecue. Our dietary staff provides families with protein to grill themselves, along with several prepared side dishes. We believe that for many of our families, the trauma, chaos and illness they have been challenged with have prevented them from engaging in an activity many might take for granted—a home-style cookout. We strive to normalize the experience of placement in a residential setting as much as possible. Facilitating a fun family activity followed by a cookout is one way we strive to achieve this.