All Kinds of News for June 05, 2019
Nearly one year ago, a programming evolution took place at Telos. Being an all boys' and young men's program for 15 years, the thought of introducing a young women’s apartment was both innovative and bold. The decision was driven by the idea that building a diverse population would enhance the therapeutic outcomes. "A strong therapeutic culture needs diversity to thrive,” remarked Tony Mosier, COO, so to that end, students 18 years and older, working toward “launching” get to live, work and play with a more diverse, coed campus population.
To accomplish such a lofty goal, the young women’s apartment was quickly finished, decorated and made ready, as well as the essential staff and therapists. The Telos model is to live, learn and grow in small groups and use the larger campus group to practice the newly learned skills. The young women’s apartment opened and soon filled. Now, one year later, we are celebrating the young women graduates who are moving on. See related news at https://www.facebook.com/TelosRTC/posts/2677117875638493.
This group of young women are the beginning of a successful and unexpected culture of diversity, acceptance and learning. Telos has found that both the young women and young men are benefiting from the change. Sometimes the simple task of speaking to someone different is difficult. The campus layout facilitates students meeting in the game room while waiting for elevators; students may also workout in the gym together, which begins breaking down barriers, both perceived and tangible that allow our students to “live principle-based lives characterized by insightful choices”.
You might ask what key accomplishments these young women realized while at Telos. There are too many successes to count, however the following are “ wins” from each of the 7 young women who graduated in the past few weeks:
- First time ever, planning to attend college this Fall.
- New confidence to accept a role of campus committee chairperson, also volunteering at a family support center and an animal shelter.
- Participating in group gatherings and activities. Achieving big accomplishments that she didn't believe she could do, like rock climbing, and succeeding at it.
- Working at one job the longest ever (7 months), navigating public transportation and a personal budget. Firsts, for all of these.
- Attending college and for the first time will receive an A and completed a semester of college end-to-end.
- Retained an on-campus job for 3 months, and was just offered a 2nd off-campus job. She has become more assertive with communication.
- Able to consistently be involved with social activities. She had her first relationship out in the community. Completed her first semester of high school, and holding down a job.
The unexpected magnitude of this change is bringing new life and opportunities to Telos students. Telos wishes the young women the very best as they spread their wings into the next phase of life.
Telos is located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in beautiful Orem, Utah. Available are two campuses specifically designed for teens and co-ed young adults dealing with depression, anxiety, social problems and learning differences. Caring staff use proven clinical therapies coupled with the power of healing relationships to promote deep, lasting change. The aim is to help students live principle-based lives characterized by insightful choices, that promote clarity, healing, and direction. Telos is a unique, clinically-sophisticated, relationship-based treatment center for teens and young adults ages 13-26. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.telos.org.