All Kinds of News for January 09, 2019
Since opening in April 2018, Elevations RTC’s step down program The Approach has helped teens and adolescents transition successfully from highly structured residential environments.
Located in Syracuse, Utah, The Approach is a co-ed home environment designed to help teens and young adults transition out of the highly structured residential environment of a treatment center and into a more relaxed, less structured home environment. The program works with teens who have demonstrated significant progress during their time in residential treatment and have indicated a readiness to enter a life-skills based transitional living setting.
At The Approach, teens develop and practice life skills that will help them lead a healthy and productive life. Additionally, they continue to work on building and managing relationships with their peers and family members.
During their time at The Approach, housemates are responsible for overseeing their own medical and emotional health. This includes making doctor appointments, ordering medication refills, setting up therapy times with their therapist and scheduling check-in appointments with the Approach doctor.
Each week, housemates attend a Living Well group, led by Executive Clinical Director Jennifer Wilde. “This group is designed to help our housemates with communal living and to offer support with any issues or concerns that they may be experiencing,” comments Program Director Michelle Boulware. “Our students also attend a check-in goal setting group every Sunday. This group is designed to help the students identify tasks that they’d like to accomplish for the week and provides insight for staff on how to support them in reaching their goals.”
As a part of their transitional living experience at The Approach, teens gain full access to electronics such as cell phones, iPads, and computers. They learn how to use technology in a healthy way. Electronics are only used in common areas and staff will randomly monitor their online activity to make sure they are not overusing technology.
“Since opening in April of 2018, it has been exciting to see the transition and adaptability of Approach housemates from a highly structured facility to a more independent one,” says Boulware. “Most of our housemates have never been employed, prepared/cooked a meal, ordered their own medications or even made a doctor’s appointment. While at The Approach some of our housemates have obtained employment for the first time in their life, they have continued their academic pursuits beyond high school and have prepared and cooked meals for their families. These accomplishments have had a positive impact on them and have increased their confidence. It’s been very rewarding for staff and me to be able to aid in and witness their personal growth.”
About The Approach
The Approach is a co-ed transitional living program for teens and young adults who have recently graduated from a treatment environment such as a residential treatment center or therapeutic boarding school. At The Approach, students build confidence and life skills that will help them achieve a successful transition to the real world. Learn more about The Approach by calling 801-773-0200.