All Kinds of News for July 10, 2019
Recreation assessments at Journey Home Young Adult often begin sounding like the famous Mary Oliver quote, “tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Our students come to Journey Home transitional living program after completing residential treatment where their activities have been planned for them. When they leave a more intensive program, they struggle with the freedom they now have to make more of their own decisions and explore interests they have either lost touch with or are curious about.
As a semi-structured program, the young women Journey Home works with have free time during the day to attend classes, work, volunteer, spend time outside, or express themselves creatively. Although they have made progress in addressing their mental health and behavioral problems, as they transition into independent living, they are often still questioning, “who am I?” or “who am I supposed to be?” For many of them, it is also “who am I without negative coping mechanisms?”
The Adventure Therapy Director, Stacey Rosenberg, meets with every girl when they start at Journey Home Young Adult to conduct a recreation assessment. Before they address possible recreational activities, she encourages them to consider their core values at this point in their lives and to keep in mind that they may have changed from when they were younger. Stacey explains, “we offer a values assessment to help get to know where they’re coming from and to motivate them to find things that they are passionate about.” Identifying values helps them make concrete goals that are consistent with their individual interests.
In residential treatment programs, recreation programming usually involves adventure therapy activities in a group setting. “At Journey Home Young Adult,” Stacey shares, “the definition of recreation is more flexible. We talk about recreation as anything that helps them live a whole-hearted life. Recreation is meant to help them honor their mind, body, mood, and community.”
Many of the young women at Journey Home have been exposed to a variety of recreation activities through adventure therapy, but struggle to find the motivation to get out and participate in these activities. When the structured group element is removed, many young women struggle to find resources on their own, regardless of how passionate they may be about continuing to participate. Stacey discusses their backgrounds and curiosities with every girl in order to make individualized recommendations and provide them with a list of resources.
Recreation is an integral part of Journey Home Young Adult’s program, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Salt Lake area is home to over twenty state and national parks, a vibrant music and arts community, and a diverse food scene. It is consistently rated one of the best cities for young people to work, live and play. Providing recreation assessments helps connect young women to the resources in their community and encourages them to get out of their comfort zones and be open to new experiences.
Journey Home teaches young adults to stay more present by getting out of their heads and into their bodies as a coping mechanism, whether their favorite recreation activities are adventure-based or not. Discovering their passions and their individual goals is an important part of forming their identity and provides a foundation for future confidence and success.
About Journey Home
Journey Home Young Adult is a transitional living program for young women ages 18-23 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This program addresses emotional, behavioral, and mental health disorders that young women may face. Journey Home Young Adult creates an environment conducive to healing where young women can learn healthy coping skills while becoming more well-equipped to launch into adulthood. Recreation programming is an essential part of how we empower young women to live their best lives based on their individual needs and goals. For more information, contact us at 801-444-0794.