For therapeutic transition programs, a large part of skill building is learning to balance life skills with ongoing therapeutic needs. Young adults may have struggles that make it difficult to implement life skills, for example, maybe they are unable to go to a job interview because they are experiencing anxiety. This balance is about supporting them with both the hard skills and the therapeutic needs as well.
At Journey Home Young Adult, we have the clinical knowledge to understand where these young adults are coming from and how to help them build a skill set based on our training that will offer them support and help them manage their mental health needs. It is not about us managing these needs for them. They are learning how to cope with mental health issues and how to take care of themselves, whether that is a mild mood disorder, anxiety, or a more significant trauma. When these issues go undealt with, they can go on to impede the development of life skills.
Some young adults may need more clinician support than they can receive at home. Weekly outpatient sessions may not be enough, and this is where a therapeutic transitional program can help balance that therapeutic understanding and support. At Journey Home Young Adult, we deal with complex clinical cases, such as traumas, attachment issues, and personality disorders. And while there are therapy sessions included in treatment, treatment is also woven through daily life. This allows young adults to have more space and freedom while dealing with these issues in a way that is normalized and based on natural consequences.
We work with our clients to understand why the work they are doing in treatment matters. We want them to develop confidence because they are actually engaging in their own lives, opposed to just trying to move up to the next phase or just get out of treatment. At Journey Home Young Adult, there is structured support that relates to real world experiences. For example, when becoming an adult, it’s not a free-for-all when you turn 18. They have a job schedule, they have to figure out transportation. They need to learn how to fill out a job application or complete a tax return. This is where life skills become important. We encourage our clients to figure out how to get themselves from Point A to Point B.
If EMDR is the right fit for a client, we can use that to process old trauma. But EMDR also offers other tools that can help them build confidence by creating positive neural pathways of confidence. This can help them reflect on the successes they have had when they are trying to move forward in their life. They may do well in treatment and have positive experiences, but once they go back out into the world, they’re terrified and they forget the skills they have learned. They may feel flooded by emotions, so treatment that can help them slow down and strengthen that part of their brain that has the skill set that can help them cope with those feelings.
In residential treatment, clients have the freedom to make mistakes and learn new ways of how to cope. In a home setting, they would also need to be able to maintain their work, school, or other life responsibilities. We work with our young adults on how to pace themselves and how to take care of themselves. This balance of taking care of themselves and their emotional needs is a life skill.
Journey Home Young Adult Can Help
Journey Home Young Adult is designed as a 6-12 month step down transitional independent living program that offers therapeutic support, life skills development and refinement, and a template for personal growth and responsibility. Based on structure, support, and mentoring, teens emerge from the Journey Home Young Adult program emotionally and intellectually equipped to navigate young adult life. For more information please call (855) 918-0032.
Toni earned their Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in education from University of New Hampshire and their Masters in Clinical Mental Health from University of Phoenix. She has been working with adolescents and their families for close to twenty years in a variety of settings including wilderness, residential and home-transition. She has experience working with complex trauma, attachment issues and family systems. She is trained in EMDR as well as DBT. She believes in holistic wellness and helping clients heal as well as build skills and confidence in navigating life. She moved to Utah from New England to explore the mountains and deserts and enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, yoga and working in their garden.