As Eckerd Connects E-Nini-Hassee once again heads into the Holidays and another Turkey in the Hole Celebration, it is a time to reflect with gratitude for the gift of recovery. Daily gratitude is a part of the curriculum at E-Nini-Hassee, and for over 50 years many families have cherished their recovery. Families have healed and found their way back to each other with the help of an amazing clinical team, teachers and chiefs.
That first call can be frightening, and the admissions staff knows that our referral sources work very hard before that first call from the family occurs. The clinical team is part of the admissions process to make sure that our model will fit the clinical needs of each girl and her family. Clinical goals are set with each camper after a thorough interview with the parents and their daughter. Of course, through the average length of stay of 10 months, clinical goals can change as they are achieved and adjusted with the family.
Recovery means change and change can be very scary. I have witnessed the clinical team meet with the family during the arrival at camp. Several parts of the team work together to tour the family, answer questions and match the girl with her group. The group of 8-10 girls will be her support system for her time at camp. The family and the camper are embraced with love and compassion throughout the length of stay. The staff also gives the family recommendations on books to read through this process. The Parallel Process: Growing Alongside Your Adolescent or Young Adult Child in Treatment by Krissy Pozatek is a book that has been recommended for years. It helps give the family a resource that they can look to while their daughter practices new coping mechanisms. In addition, there is a family group, family home visits, and family weekend. The clinical team also takes calls from the family as needed and scheduled.
Recovery at E-Nini-Hassee is a gift from Chief Jack and Ruth Eckerd that has touched the lives of thousands of families over the decades. Some of our families just returned for our annual Spaghetti dinner fundraiser. One of our mothers pulled me aside and said how grateful she was to the staff for helping her daughter get in to college. She had a wonderful smile while glancing proudly at her daughter and fellow alumnae who we watched hug and greet each other. I am grateful for the gift of recovery that goes on and on just as Chief Jack and Ruth Eckerd intended.