All Kinds of News for September 11, 2019
Curious parents, caregivers, and families often ask “who is the ideal Optimum Performance Institute (OPI) participant?” While OPI's skilled clinicians and caring team members definitely demonstrate competence across a diversity of modalities, approaches, and demographics, there are certainly still common denominators that all of their successful clients share.
I put this question to our team, and all were in agreement about the following areas of clinical relevance, independent living skill-level, and relationship to our Core Values of Empathy, Service, Trusting Relationships and Growth:
This is perhaps our broadest area of expertise. The therapists, residential staff and department leads at OPI all have experience and confidence working with young adults with Borderline Personality Disorder, high functioning Autism Spectrum diagnoses, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trauma, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Emerging Thought Disorders, as well as general issues around interpersonal effectiveness or emotion regulation. OPI is also the right place for someone who identifies with more than one of the above diagnoses or problem areas.
Independent Living (Experience and Skill-Level)
Our most successful participants demonstrate the capacity to engage in independent living skills, yet may need support in follow through and consistency. They also have the capacity to get along and live with others – and might need support around healthier boundaries and peer relationships. Our shared apartments and Independent Living Specialists ensure that these participants have the opportunity to practice these skills in a “real world” setting, with direct support when they need it.
Relationship to Core Values
Successful OPI participants exhibit patience, tolerance and compassion for others, highlighting our core value of empathy. They demonstrate a growth (rather than fixed) mindset and a belief that they can change. They show willingness to accept the support of our staff, and/or a willingness to accept support in general. They are also invested in their treatment and motivated to do the work.
Any and all of these categories can wax and wane for any given participant from day to day. We are all, after all, only human, but even when the going gets tough, our most successful participants allow staff to support them, so they can continue doing the work to move forward in the life they desire and deserve.
About Optimum Performance Institute
Optimum Performance Institute (OPI) was founded in 2003, is Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited and located in the San Fernando Valley. OPI offers treatment focused on complex mental health diagnosis and challenges for young adults ages 17-28. Participants engage in real life experiences in an urban setting and work with a multidisciplinary team to forge the path to lasting independence.