Professional and supportive counseling is offered through The New Mexico Family Connection (TNMFC). Licensed counselors help families improve their relationships through improved communication skills and more effective parenting approaches. Services are available to all interested families in the greater Albuquerque area, and to residents of The Ranches.
Sometimes placement outside of the home can be prevented through family counseling. Our counselors encourage each family to work together to generate better communication and set achievable goals. Our approach is designed to:
- Highlight and develop the personal strengths of each family member
- Target the specific concerns of the family
- Promote new skills to help the family cope more effectively
- Encourage higher self-esteem and well-being among family members
- Offer referrals to other community programs when relevant to the family’s needs
Counselors carefully consider the perspectives of both parents and adolescents as they help families work toward a better home environment.
NMFC counselors provide one-on-one counseling for program residents and their families, as they work to overcome their personal challenges. Residents meet with assigned counselors weekly or as needed.
Lasting change in families hinges on more than just the accomplishments made by residents during their Ranch stay. In view of that, families are asked to actively participate in counseling while their children are in the program. As residents near completion of the program, their visits home become more frequent, allowing family members to practice their new relationship skills.