All Kinds of News for April 05, 2017
If you have visited Onward Transitions in the year since they opened, you have likely met Austin Mehlhorn. Onward Transitions follows an autonomous model, meaning each member has their own schedule built around theraupeutic goals, individual needs and daily schedules. A marriage and family therapist, Austin works individually with members and their families on finances and in therapy. He also oversees member scheduling with therapists and outreach and wellness coordinators for multiple weekly therapy and mentoring appointments, groups, apartment visits, job site visits, and planned social activities.
Austin brings his experience working in a number of therapeutic and residential settings to the general operation of the Onward Transitions Pine House and the Neighbors alumni service. His energy, wit, creative and organizational vision, carpentry skills and steadfast demeanor are appreciated by all.
In Austin’s own words:
“My favorite thing about my job is being able to do a little bit of everything. With my masters in clinical mental health counseling and a focus on marriage and family therapy, I’ve enjoyed being able to work with our members and their families to help them reach their goals. Finances for most emerging adults is a challenge and our members are no different. Helping parents and children establish limits, goals, and a plan for their finances while their children are working on becoming more independent has been a unique and rewarding challenge, as is helping our members gain confidence by independently (with some support) managing their various challenges: school work, budgeting, and getting a job all while managing their mental health needs.
That would be the bulk of my focus, but I also love the other aspects of my job that keep me on my toes. Managing our milieu and helping our staff to deliver the best possible services to our members is a great, collaborative and creative challenge week to week. Especially for a young program that is trying to be as dynamic and responsive as we can as we better understand the dynamic needs of our members and their families.
As a native Maine-er I am also thrilled to be back in my home state with my wife and two dogs. Being able to experience all that Portland and Maine has to offer and do what I can to help expose our members to the fantastic food, culture, and community that we have here has been so much fun".
About Onward TransitionsOnward Transitions is a comprehensive, non-residential independent living service that supports young adults, ages 18-27 living independently in the neighborhood of their choice in Portland, Maine. Our members choose and live in their own apartment from day one. They do not ever live with us. Members' challenges include anxiety, depression, executive functioning and meeting the requirements of launching towards independence.