One hurdle many parents face when considering long term therapeutic care for their son or daughter, such as Shepherd’s Hill Academy (SHA), is the overwhelming sense of guilt they feel.
Feeling a sense of failure is normal, and can appear paralyzing for a time. You are not alone in this struggle. Many families have voiced their concerns about feeling like a failure for sending their teen to a therapeutic boarding school.
One thing you need to be confident in when considering long term therapeutic care, such as Shepherd’s Hill Academy, is that you are not a failure. Your family is facing a crisis. The very fact that you are considering outside help is evidence that you are not a failure. In many cases, a parent’s decision to enroll their teen in SHA may have saved their son or daughter’s life.
Be encouraged! Hundreds of families have journeyed through Shepherd’s Hill Academy’s long term therapeutic boarding school. When you enroll in SHA, you become a family member in a Christ-centered community of support.
Below is an encouraging video of a mother discussing how she overcame feelings of guilt.
“I guess the greatest piece of advice I could give a parent when trying to make this type of decision is realizing that because you’re sending them away, that doesn’t make you a failure. That doesn’t mean you’ve given up. Matter of fact, it means just the opposite. It means that you’re realizing that sometimes we need help. Sometimes we have to remove them from the situation in order to help them, and it not only helps them to heal, but it helps us to heal. It gives us time to not just allow them to appreciate us, but for us to appreciate them… Don’t be prideful, don’t be ashamed, don’t let other people’s opinions keep you from making the right decision. That was the biggest thing that I had to do.”
If you are working through feelings of being a failure or guilt for considering therapeutic care for your son or daughter, we encourage you to reach out to our admissions team.