All Kinds of News for February 14, 2018
Vive's National Director Leah Madamba participated on a panel session at the annual National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) conference earlier this month titled, "Multi-Systemic Care in the Home and Community: What you Need to Know to Successfully Extend the Continuum of Care." Other panelists included Tim Thayne from Homeward Bound, Charles Elias with PRN for Families and Kris Brightbill with Turning Tide Transitions and was moderated by John Stewart from Innerchange.
The panel outlined the phases of transition and also gave the audience common challenges that transition programs face when recieving new clients. The panel offered great suggestions for solutions to the challenges with input and discussion from the audience. Some of the key challenges discussed were:
- Treatment Fatigue- for some families that have been actively involved in their child's treatment journey, by the time they transition home, everyone is tired and worn out from all the emotional work and just want to get back to everyday life. Some solutions discussed were reframing the transition care to the clients and families to more of mentoring and coaching framework and not therapy - as well as educating them on how this type of support is much more likely to lead to long term success.
- Home Contracts- Some are not realistic and may not even have the client's input. Ideally the discussion and specifics of the home contract happen 6 to 8 weeks prior to transition in long term programs and 2 to 3 weeks in short term or wilderness settings. But ideally transition/discharge planning starts upon admission. During the discussion around this the panel and audience members discussed how to start discharge plans earlier in the process and those that already do that commented on how much smoother their transitions happen the earlier the planning begins.
- Addressing Sobriety- many clients commit to being sober while in a program but once home they want to experiment, believing they can manage it and create a healthy balance. Some of the suggestions around this topic included making sobriety part of the home contract, providing support groups or other recovery resources, and helping parents accept that if this does happen it's not the end of the world and is actually quite likely.
The panel closed with a discussion around the multi-systemic piece and how important it is for clients to have many levels of support once they go home in their community.
About Vive Family Support Program
Vive Family Support Program is a relational and experiential therapeutic support service for pre-teens, adolescents, young adults and their families. With our unique approach and roots in the community, Vive works closely with families to offer insight, implement coping skills, and rebuild trust within the family system. Our goal is to ensure lasting positive change.