All Kinds of News for July 11, 2018
At Journey Home East, residents work with an in-house Interdependence Coach to develop an individualized plan for achieving their personal goals both during and after completion of the program. Journey Home East’s goal is help residents grow into mature, responsible, accountable and successful young adults who can apply the lessons and principles that they have learned to the real world. At Journey Home East, students work on Five Core Principles that will help young adults live happy, productive lives. They include life skills, healthy living, education, personal responsibility and social integration. Some examples of skills learned from the Five Core Principles are:
- Daily Accountability (chores, hygiene, cleaning, personal care) – Students are required to take care of themselves and their environment.
- Financial (budgeting, balancing check book, saving) – Journey Home East provides life coaching for young adults on how to set financial goals that are at or below earnings.
- Shopping – While fun, shopping excursions are also teachable moments to encourage sound financial planning.
- Cooking – For themselves and for the community of students, both cooking and clean-up.
- Job searching and interviewing skills – Part of being successful and productive means having a job. Being successful in a job search is vital for finding a job that is rewarding.
The Five Core Principles at Journey Home East are essential in helping to guide residents to discover the goals they want to aim for, giving them an idea of the different areas where they might be interested in developing confidence and skills in before they leave the program. Upon enrollment to the program, residents meet with the Interdependence Coach to plan and set their non-therapeutic goals, which could range from educational to employment aspirations. Residents' goals are completely tailored to each individual, so every plan is unique to the resident and their personal journey. Some examples of goals that the Interdependence Coach helps residents with include:
- Applying to college or other educational programs
- Scheduling college courses, college-prep courses, or other standardized test courses
- Creating a resume that focuses on strengths to gain and sustain employment
- Learning how to better manage personal finances
- Scheduling classes and getting involved in the community (writing, photography or pottery for example)
- Gaining independence to be able to live on their own, or learning how to resolve conflict to live with roommates
- Gaining confidence to take a gap year and travel abroad
- Learning how to balance multiple responsibilities and practice self-care
After residents begin to make strides or even accomplish items within their goal plans, the Interdependence Coach then checks in with each resident individually to see how they are doing mentally, emotionally, and physically. It is imperative that the residents are able to balance their responsibilities, social lives, and self-care. If a resident is focusing on gaining employment, the Interdependence Coach incorporates mock interviews and mock follow-ups into the goal plan to help residents practice their skills and ease anxiety. Trained in motivational interviewing, the Interdependence Coach also helps resident pin-point what their passions are and how they can use these interests to develop self-esteem and confidence for when they complete the program. As a gradual process, the goal planning and life skills program at Journey Home East is done with individualized care to purposefully support residents with reaching their ambitions. Staff meet weekly to discuss and provide updates on each resident’s goals to see how things are going or overlapping from therapeutic sessions. The Interdependence Coach at Journey Home East, Tatiana Martinez, comments, “Watching residents come in to the program and seeing their confidence build as they build their life skills is a remarkable process.”
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.