All Kinds of News for January 10, 2018
Vive Family Support Program serves clients in various age ranges that are facing a variety of issues and struggles related to their age, diagnosis, family situation, etc. The collegiate young adult client has been a growing Vive population in the past several years. The Vive Mentor and Vive Parent Coach become an important cog in the wheel to roll these young adults down the road of independence and success.
In recent discussions between referring professionals, Vive Regional Directors and Vive leadership, it became apparent that the need for this type of support for college students is only expanding due to increased college enrollment numbers, increase in the pressure for academic success, and the rise of college bound students struggling with anxiety, depression, and/or learning differences. Some colleges have done a great job in providing services and support on campus to help with this transition and the challenges it brings, but others are way behind in meeting these needs.
Vive can provide that support on the ground and in the moment for students who are attending college in any of the locations served. In speaking with Denver Regional Director Kera Miller, she stated that the several college students she has worked with have common struggles such as accountability, time management, social pressures and academic stress. She continued to reflect that most of these students had lots of support in getting to college from their high school and families, but once they show up on campus it was up to them to sink or swim. That is a lot for the average freshman in college, let alone someone that may have been in treatment and has other challenges to manage. This is where a program like Vive can come in and assist and support the students and their families, as the young adult navigates the waters. Vive will walk alongside the client and help them build a tool box relevant to their needs. The mentor will help them fiind any other supports they need, from tutoring and other LD supports to therapists to yoga instructors to support groups. Vive mentors live in the community and have a wealth of knowledge to help the student connect and build community. Kera mentioned a particular client that was really struggling to make friends on campus until Kera helped her find an activity she was interested in; once she joined that club, things began to improve all around for her. Balance is the key, Kera stated. Supporting and encouraging these clients to find balance between exploring thier individuality, building community, academics and their family is key to their success moving forward.
Vive Parent Coaches will also play a big role in supporting the parents of the college client in learning how to balance between letting go and being there when needed. The parent coach recognizes this is also a difficult transition for the parents and will work with them to gain the skills to support their young adult in most healthy and effective way.
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 (we serve the following locations: Boston, New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco), 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.