All Kinds of News for December 04, 2019
Journey Home Young Adult is excited to announce the addition of Jane Peterson, MSW, LCSW to their clinical staff. Jane comes to Journey Home Young Adult with over 30 years of experience in working with adolescents and their families. She has worked in intensive outpatient settings, as well as having started her own day treatment program. Always interested in making long-term impacts on her clients, the relationship component of Journey Home Young Adult drew her back to the residential and transition program setting. Peterson believes having a strong therapeutic relationship is at the root of helping students in residential and transition programs effectively address their issues. “I think it’s really helpful to have that long-term relationship that you can have with kids in residential and transition,” said Peterson. “It promotes long-lasting change.”
Attachment theory, the psychological model that studies the effects of long-term and short-term interpersonal relationships, is a major driver of Peterson’s work. This includes the value she places on the family element to promote long-term change. “The family piece has to happen. In the residential program, we know we can’t fix a kid and put them back into the same environment,” Peterson said. In order to create permanent changes, the whole family has to be invested in therapy.
Peterson is excited to join the Journey Home team and help young girls create healthy, happy relationships with their families, their peers, and themselves. “I just love that there is a place for [the students] to springboard into their adulthood in another environment that's safe and to do that in a developmentally appropriate way,” Peterson said. She will primarily support Journey Home Young Adult, but will also carry a small caseload at sister program Solstice West RTC.
About Journey Home West
Journey Home West established in Layton, UT in 2008 after noticing there were limited options for our clients from Solstice RTC West needing a step-down community-based option. Serving all females aged 16-21 and providing 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 therapeutic placement previously, and home is not an option afterward. They are provided with a therapist in the home to work on individual and family issues.