Parent Services

Samaritan Center provides training, education, emotional support and encouragement - not only to the boys in our program, but to their parents, extended families and guardians, as well. Parents are required to attend parenting classes and can also take advantage of our counseling programs, support groups and workbook/video training.

Samaritan Center's five-day residential program returns the boys to their homes on weekends and holidays and throughout summer vacations. With our behavior system using earned merits and demerits, the boys learn self-accountability and respect for those in authority. They also develop better social skills, discipline and strategies for conflict management.

In our classes, we teach parents how to employ our behavior system in their own homes.  Parents and family members learn how to better communicate with their child, about healthy boundaries, essential life skills, and discipline alternatives that encourage their child in a more positive and constructive environment.  By “working the program” at home the boy - and often his siblings - learn to behave well and eliminate destructive patterns.  Arguments, temper tantrums, door slamming, yelling and other detrimental behaviors become things of the past.

Our Parenting Classes help families to:

  • Understand the emotional needs of their child
  • Develop better communication skills
  • Teach their son - and other family members - that success comes down to making good choices in life and owning the outcome of their choices
  • Learn effective discipline methods
  • Strengthen their effectiveness in nurturing and teaching to the individuality of their child
  • Enjoy their child again
We are also working to expand our parenting classes to provide the greater community with resources that parents and guardians can use to strengthen their families and instill a healthy dynamic in their relationships.