All Kinds of News for January 08, 2020
2020 marks Q&A Associates celebrating ten years of providing transitional living services and opportunities to young adults and their families. Beginning with one transitional program in October 2010, Journey to Authentic Self, the company has now grown to three destinct transitional living programs, Applewood Transitions for Young Women, The Journey Transitions for Young Men, and Cabin Mountain Living Center. “It’s humbling to look back and see the amount of growth and development we have experienced serving over 160 clients since our founding,” said Angie Shockley, Owner and CEO of Q&A.
The team at Q&A, throughout the year, is reflecting on the last ten years as well as dedicating time and effort to continued growth and implementation of new services and opportunities for young adult clients and their families. The three main areas of focus include continued implementation of neuro-feedback services for each client, fully integrating animal-assisted learning services, and further development of parent education, coaching, and growth opportunities.
Q&A Associates is partnered with Symmetry Neuro-Pathway Training (NPT) to provide neurofeedback services to all clients. Q&A has two fully equipped NPT locations with seven staff members certified to provide NPT sessions to clients. Four additional staff members are currently enrolled in the NPT certification training. Q&A is also partnering with Symmetry NPT and a doctoral student to collect the data necessary to document progress achieved by the young adult clients who are benefiting from this service.
The clients of the Q&A Associates family of programs have always participated in animal connection, specifically equine-assisted learning. Over the past five years, Q&A has been in close partnership with Saddles & Smiles (S&S), a 501c3 nonprofit focusing on providing equine-assisted learning and therapy opportunities to children and adolescents facing emotional, physical, and mental challenges. The young adult clients of Q&A not only benefit from the services provided by S&S, but they also volunteer for the organization, assisting in all areas of operation including service delivery, animal care and management, fundraising, event planning, and family support services. The principles of Natural Lifesmanship, focusing on connection and awareness, have been fully implemented. The animal connection work of Q&A has grown to include two farms featuring goats, cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys. The leadership team at Q&A is dedicated to continued to grow this area of service delivery, providing more opportunities for the young adults and their families as well as ongoing training for staff in the Natural Lifesmanship principles.
Working with the parents and families of the young adult clients has always been a focus of the Q&A programs. For the past four years, parents have been invited to attend two annual Parent Retreats facilitated by Shockley and Kim Mlinarik, LCPC, focusing on providing opportunities for parents to step into new roles in their lives - parents of young adult children rather than of adolescent children. This is a tough transition time for all parents to make, and it becomes even more difficult when a child is moving into young adulthood with significant challenges. Providing parents with appropriate coaching and opportunities for their own growth becomes critical to the overall success of the family.
In 2017, Q&A partnered with Alchemy Adventures to host the inaugural Trails of Tuscany Parent Trip to Italy (alchemyadventures.com). This trip, scheduled for Oct. 3-11, 2020, provides parents with opportunities to turn some energy back to themselves, rediscovering their own passions and sparking new interests as they step into the next chapter of their parenting lives. In addition to co-facilitating the Parent Retreats and Parent Trip, Mlinarik provides individual parent coaching services to each family with a young adult enrolled in a Q&A program. “We are excited to see our parent services grow in the coming years;” said Shockley, “the more the parents are able to grow and develop as parents of young adults, the easier it is for our clients to step into their new identities as empowered and independent young adults.”
Q&A Associates serve over 160 clients and staff growing from five to 24; “While we have seen significant intentional growth, we continue to focus on working with small numbers of clients where true relationships can be built and a family atmosphere is maintained,” said Shockley. “I believe that is the cornerstone of our success, and as we grow our services, we will not deviate from our dedication to that personal relationship with each client and family,” she continued.
About Q&A Family of Programs
Q&A Family of Programs works with young adults ages 18 and up, providing opportunities for each of them to develop independent, functional, and happy lives with a high level of quality. Our clients have struggled to reach independence for a variety of reasons such as the inability to develop and/or implement the life skills needed to be successful, or struggling to obtain consistent employment. Our goal is to help these individuals find meaning and an authentic purpose for their lives and a practical path to achieve their goals.