All Kinds of News for August 09, 2017
Journey Home East has found great success with young women entering independent living with the introduction of the Pillars of Success model. The three pillars are:
- Self Renewal
With these three pillars, there are different things to be learned in each phase.
In Foundations, the focus is on Skill-Building, Education and Healthy Living. Students work with the treatment team to create an Interdependence Plan that is individualized on each resident’s needs, in which the resident is vital in the process of creating their own plan. The residents on Foundations also receive 3-4 hours of therapy each week and spend the majority of their time in the home with the group or in the community. While on Foundations, they are learning about healthy relationship, developing safety skills and making a well balanced schedule for themselves, with the support of their staff members.
In Interdependence, the focus is on Social Integration, Personal Responsibility, and Life Skills. During this part of their stay, the residents work with the Interdependence coach to find ares of interest that they have passion around, build confidence, and build support and connections in the community.
The Interdependence Coach Tatiana Martinez is trained in motivational interviewing and meets one on one with girls every other week (or weekly, depending on need) and discusses various independent living skills. The topics fall under the 5 Core Principles, which are:
- Healthy Living
- Life Skills
- Personal Responsibility
- Social Integration
Some of the topics that are discussed and practiced while at Journey Home East are:
- Balancing a weekly schedule/ time management
- Budgeting/ financial education
- Community service opportunities
- Interviewing skills/ creating a resume
- Extracurricular activities/ hobbies
- Social Media
- Filling out job and college applications
- Study skills
The last pillar is Self-Renewal and the focus is on Fine-Tuning Skills, Achieving Balance and Self-Awareness. During this stage of the program, the residents are able to learn from experiences out of the home and are able to function confidently without supervision. They will identify their final goals and are ready to start the process of transitioning out of the program.
About Journey Home East
Journey Home East serves females aged 16-21 and provides structure for students while they learn independent living skills. Much of the structure and support provided by our 24/7 staffed home is managing electronic devices, managing free time and social life appropriately, and budgeting, shopping for groceries, and cooking meals. Clients enrolling at Journey Home have a previous therapeutic placement, where home was not an option afterward. They are provided with a therapist in the home to work on individual and family issues.