All students and parents participate in a series of highly effective seminars and workshops. These seminars were developed specifically for Premier Educational Systems and are utilized by Cross Creek Programs. They are aimed at enhancing self esteem, honesty, accountability, integrity, trust, agreements, leadership, communication and responsible decision making. The seminar series also strengthens a person’s ability to overcome anger, peer pressure, guilt, shame and self-limiting beliefs.
As teens participate in the seminars and workshops, they are immersed in a combination of educational and experiential activities which allow the teens an opportunity to evaluate the negative results of their past choices and begin making effective new choices. After completion of the various seminars, you will notice certain differences in your child. You may hear your child speak of the changes these seminars have created in his/her life. Typically, your child will become more open, accountable and responsible for his/her life.
The Premier Seminars and Workshops consist of the following:
STUDENT DISCOVERY (3 DAYS)
Discovery is a three-day seminar emphasizing key character qualities such as accountability, integrity, choice, trust and honesty. This seminar is usually attended by your child within 1 – 8 weeks after entering the program. Most students complete this seminar but some do not. Before moving to other seminars, your child must complete Discovery. As part of the Self-Directed Program your child will do an evaluation of his/her participation in the Discovery Seminar.
STUDENT FOCUS (3 DAYS)
This 3-day seminar centers on critical life experiences and self-limiting beliefs that effect self-esteem and past choices. Your child normally will attend the Focus seminar after successful completion of the Discovery seminar within about 8 weeks. As in Discovery, your child will evaluate his/her participation in the Focus seminar.
STUDENT PRINCIPLES (1 DAY)
A major part of this seminar is to challenge the student regarding their overall progress. This includes family interactions, school, response to authority and agreements. Principles seminar is there to create a reality check for the teens and is a check point in the program to see how the teens really are working their program. During this seminar the students are introduced to values and principles they may wish to have in their lives as they return home.
STUDENT KEYS TO SUCCESS (1 DAY)
These are series of workshops geared for students in the leadership part of the program. The focus is to develop leadership skills, which assist the teen in enhancing family and peer relationships. Skills acquired in these seminars center on communication, peer relationships, values based living and leadership. Your child will attend KEYS workshops upon achieving level four status. There are several different modules your child may be attending. During the time spent as an Upper Level student, he/she will attend a KEYS workshop whenever a seminar is at the school. As with all seminars, your child will be held to a high standard for successful completion.
STUDENT SERVICE (STAFFING SEMINARS)
Upon receiving level four status and completing required seminars, your teens will be allowed to serve as peer leaders in the student Discovery, Focus and Principles seminars. This is a key part of our Leadership Program. Service is an opportunity for your teen to internalize the concepts of the seminar by serving as a “buddy” or a small group leader to new students participating in the seminars. This leadership opportunity is critical in the development of a solid sense of confident self.
PARENT DISCOVERY (3 DAYS)
While your child is in the program, parents are invited to participate in a three day parent Discovery seminar. The parent Discovery seminar is similar to the seminar attended by the students. This seminar forms the basis for the parent and child to work together in additional seminars. A program representative will invite you to attend one of the Parent Discovery seminars shortly after your child enters the program The parent seminars are offered in Las Vegas and at times on the east coast or mid-west locations (such as Dallas, TX or Florida). Parent attendance is strongly urged within 3-6 weeks after enrolling the child in the program.
PARENT FOCUS (4 DAYS)
The second level course offered by Premier Educational Seminars gives the opportunity for an in depth exploration of what is preventing an individual from achieving maximum fulfillment in life. Focus is a four day process that involves interaction with the facilitator, other participants, and exercises, which allows insight into how each is creating the results he/she is currently experiencing. Accountability and personal responsibility is fundamental to this environment.
Focus has the possibility of being life changing. The purpose is to allow each participant to become consciously aware of many life lessons, to reinforce the concept of “life is a journey,” and create a new frame work to operate from in day to day living. It does require those in attendance to embrace being willing to challenge existing beliefs, being open to coaching, to reveal, and to risking. Upon completion, there is ownership of “Who I am” and awareness of choices which are in alignment and consistent with this declaration. This culminates in taking a stand about living life with passion and joy and being in charge of the results that are created.
PARENT CHILD WORKSHOPS (4 WORKSHOPS, 2 AND 3 DAYS IN LENGTH)
A unique part of any Premier Affiliated School is the focus on family rather than simply the teen. Parent Child Workshops are offered to families attending a School or Program utilizing Premier Seminars.
The workshops are given is a set sequence. Graduation of the prior workshop is required to attend the next in the series.
A key outcome of each Parent Child workshop is the development of a Family Plan which directs the family until the next Parent Child workshop. Typically attendance at PC workshops is every 3 months. This depends upon the progress of the family.
The seminar focuses upon the challenges and breakdowns that occurred in the home prior to the teen coming to the school. This is a critical first step in looking at the “past” to assist in creating the direction of corrective action for the future.
PC-1 is held at your school and is a 2- day workshop. Only those adults who are integral to the family system are invited to attend. This typically includes parents, step-parents, guardians, as well as other
Key adult family members. Siblings are not invited to PC-1
The PC-2 seminar follows up on the Family Plan created in PC-1. This 2- day workshop is a key to ensuring that work the family needs to accomplish is being done. Is the family on track or not? PC-2 also begins to focus the family not only on past issues but beginning to look forward to a successful reuniting of the family. What needs to be implemented for a real and lasting change in the family dynamics?
The values work begun in PC-1 will be strengthened and clarified. It is critical at this point in the program to move forward as a family. Again, a clear and definite Family Plan will be created which is the “road map” to direct the family through the next stage.
The PC-3 begins the journey home in a real sense. This workshop begins the process of developing the new family structure based on all the work and changes of the last few months. Material is presented regarding the development of a “Life Contract” for the teen and a family structure that will support the teens and parents.
The foundation will be laid upon completing PC-3 since the family will soon be reunited in a normal living situation. The work to develop this structure is done over the coming weeks with the support of your school and Premier.
The PC-3 is a 3- day workshop which is given on Cross Creek campus and combines several schools for the weekend.
Program Completion Workshop
This is the culmination of the entire program. This workshop offers the final tools and insight to families as they are taking the teen home from this workshop. The Life Contract is complete and will be signed by both parents and teens at the seminar, expecting it to be a binding contract between all family members.
High School graduation ceremonies are also conducted during Program Completion Workshop. If your child has completed all requirements for High School graduation, he/she will be able to walk with the class and be awarded the diploma for completion.