1. What if I want my child to attend your program, but my child doesn’t want to?
Our program is voluntary. We find that our treatment model is most successful when our clients have at least a minimal investment in working on some aspect of their mental health or personal relationships. If your child is resistant, we encourage him or her to come in for a tour in order to make an educated decision about whether it is a good fit.
2. What will my child be doing while attending the program?
Your child will be immersed in a rich experience based on the Wholeistic Education Model (WED) with the purposes of:
- Experiencing relief from normal daily drama and conflict that reinforce poor behavioral and interpersonal habits.
- Learning to overcome obstacles (anxiety, poor habits, etc.) that prevent establishment of healthy relationships.
- Learning to maintain membership in and enjoy the benefits of an unusually pro-social community.
- Experiencing common stressors and interpersonal conflicts in a controlled educational setting.
- Practicing managing these stressors in new ways and developing better habits through the Behavioral Guidelines.
- Improving self-esteem through real accomplishment and development.
3. Why does the group therapy schedule include some “unstructured” time?
All program time is very “structured” in a way that permits maximal flexibility and richness of experience for all members. Much of the unusual power of the structure comes from its non-rigid, volitional, spontaneous, positive appearance and the resulting atmosphere.
4. I’m concerned that my child may learn “bad habits” or be influenced negatively by other children in the group. What is Endurance’s stance on this issue?
Although this is of course possible, we feel certain that few things occur at Endurance that are new to any given member, or that they are not likely to experience in any number of settings outside the program. One truly new experience we can assure all members is the powerfully pro-social environment in which things occur, and the powerful, non-violent pressures that encourage practice of more healthy habits.
5. What if my child wishes to maintain friendships with children in the program outside of program hours?
The overall benefit of friendships developed at Endurance is a matter of individual assessment. Endurance empowers parents to make all decisions regarding their children’s peer group.
6. What does it mean if my child is “restricted” from your program?
Anyone who maintains commitment to our Behavioral Guidelines is welcome at Endurance. When someone is restricted, we are simply honoring his or her decision to follow alternate behavioral standards that are not acceptable to our community. A restricted person is excluded from group membership and privileges. If and when a restricted person requests a reintegration meeting, he or she will be given the opportunity to meet with the Program Director. In that meeting, each person’s commitment to the Behavioral Guidelines is reviewed. As always, anyone genuinely committed to the Guidelines is welcome in the community.
7. What about snow days?
At Endurance, we make every effort to remain open during inclement weather, while maintaining the safety of our clients and staff. During winter storms, we will make the determination about remaining open by 10:00 AM and notify our clients promptly by phone.
8. What holidays does Endurance observe?
Endurance will be closed on the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Fourth of July
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
Endurance is open all year, during the summer as well as school vacations.