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New Retreat Helps Families Reconnect

By Robin Moss

Director of Therapeutic Programs

Robin Moss is a Tennessee state Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 25 years experience working with children, youth, and families. Robin completed her graduate studies at Washington University’s top ranked George Warren Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis in 1998. Robin has many years of experience providing therapeutic services, along with advocacy, program development, and supervision in nonprofit settings. Robin began her work at Bethel Bible Village in February 2008 and was promoted to her position as Director of Therapeutic Programs in June of 2012. She and her husband, Jon, have two daughters.

Bethel has expanded its ministry to our community in 2019 with a new weekend retreat called Family Steps.

This program was born out of a need we saw in our community, as we listened to the families who seek help from Bethel, as well as area pastors and educators.

Families often come to Bethel at a point of crisis. They have tried counseling, but still need more help and some kind of intervention, because they can no longer function or communicate effectively as a family.

When we discuss our residential program, which places troubled children or teens on our campus while the family gets help from social workers, counselors and other experts, not every family feels ready to admit their child for full-time residential care.

Family Steps allows them to spend an intensive weekend together instead. Over the weekend they learn strategies for functioning more effectively as a family, spend refreshing time together and have an opportunity for reflection and prayer.  This program can actually help families avoid the need for our residential program, unless there are serious issues than cannot be addressed in any other way.

The weekend includes fun activities and instructional sessions, while family members bond together, develop understanding for each other and each other’s needs and practice being a family again.

The goals of the program are to:

  1. Define and develop family structure, boundaries, and positive discipline
  2. Build strong family communications and relationships
  3. Equip families with tools to address individual needs
  4. Increase Christian spiritual development as a family

Some of the instructional sessions involve the entire family, while others are breakout sessions for kids and adults separately. Bethel will only accept one or two families for each retreat weekend, so the materials and instruction will be customized for their specific needs.

The most powerful thing about the weekend is that it is built on a foundation of Jesus Christ and based on biblical principles. You can read more about Family Steps here.

If you know a family that is struggling, I invite you to refer them to me to learn more about the program and how we can help. ­­­