All Kinds of News for July 11, 2018
As a community-immersed family systems model, the Vive team often gets questions on how to distiguish what they provide from what a traditional outpatient therapist could provide. The Vive model assigns two clinicians to each family. All of the staff are master's level clinicians and are either licensed or license eligible. One of the clincians assigned to the family is the therapeutic Mentor to the young person and the other is the therapeutic Parent Coach assigned to the parents. Vive uses these titles to help the staff be more approachable to the clients and their families. Both are the advocates and agents of change to each respective member of the family unit. The Mentor and Parent Coach communicate often about the family system and the goals they are each working on. However, there is rarely communication between the Mentor and the parents or the Parent Coach and young person. This is done intentionally so that boundaries are kept clear and each participant knows they have an advocate during their process in the program.
Vive quite often works in conjuction with individual therapistss that the family already has in place. If the Vive clinicians feel there is a need from support with individual therapists, they will recommend that to the family and help them find the appropriate therapists. The Vive team then collaborates with those therapists to make sure the clients are receiving the most appropriate treatment to reach their goals. Vive does not want to replace traditioinal therapy, only enhance and improve the support with our on the ground, in home perspectives.
If a family is trying to distinguish the different value Vive can bring them versus traditional therapy, the best way is to give examples of how the clinicians partner with the family. Vive Mentors and Parent Coaches meet the family where they are at, both literally and figuratively. They are there to build relationship and trust in the home and community settings where the family is working, living, and socializing. For instance, there are many examples of the Mentors taking their clients to job interviews, prom dress shopping, AA/NA meetings, helping them to navigate public transportatioin, and some things as simple as learning how to use a laundromat. There was a great story recently shared by our Chicago Vive Regional Director, Sarah Schwartz, where she described taking a client to just walk on a college campus so she could get a visual and physical feel and understanding of what it would be like to experience college as she starts to fill out school applications and considering her options. This is what sets Vive apart - the experiential opportunities in the real world that allow us to support and guide the client in the moment as their anxieties and challenges may arise.
As the relationship builds between the Mentor and client and the Mentor begins to find out what motivates the client, including some of their passions and interests, the Mentor will get them out in the community doing those exact things. It could be taking an art class yoga, rock climbing, hiking, biking, etc. During those activities they are able to build a relationship and trust which provides many opportunities for the Mentor to approach any challenges that arise in the moment. These live educational moments can be some of the most important therapeutic work that happens. The relationship becomes the agent of change for the client and family. Another piece of the Vive model that distinguishes it from traditional therapy is the availability of the Mentor to the client outside of their session time, which is called "In Between Time". Each family has at least 4 hours a month of extra support via phone or text with the Mentor or Parent Coach, which can be used any time.
Vive enjoys partnering with other community resources, including outpatient therapists, to provide the appropriate level of support for each family. There are families and clients that require more support and and the Vive team appreciates as much scaffolding as possible for those families. Working together in this process is only going to increase healthy change to the family system.
Vive Family Support Program is relational and therapeutic support service for pre-teens, adolescents, young adults and their families. With a 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. Vive's goal is to ensure lasting positive change.