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Young adults participating in residential immersive life skills programs often lag behind their typically-developing peers in the achievement of adult roles. This is due to a variety of mental health challenges, emotional dysregulation, drug and alcohol involvement, and complicated family dynamics. Q&A Associates' transitional living programs The Journey for Young Men and Applewood Transitions for Young Women utilize a two-prong approach to assist them in moving toward independence. Prong One is to provide individualized education and support to help the young adults develop the skills they need to reach independence. The second is immersing them in the commuity where they have daily opportunities to utilize these skills. All clients currently enrolled The Journey for Young Men and Applewood Transitions for Young Women are gainfully employed in the community. Having a job is a cornerstone of the life skills development process.
These young adults are learning and/or continuing to develop critical life skills while being immersed in real-life situations on a daily basis. The staff at Q&A utilize a coaching model to assist the young adults as they learn budgeting, self-care, personal boundaries, employment skills, healthy relationships, and awareness. "Once clients enroll, we coach them through creating their own growth plan, which is very empowering," said Marci Jones, Student Services Coordinator and Lead Life Coach. "One of the first things they do is apply for a job," she continued, "and once they are employed, we can then work through real-life situations to teach them the life skills that will help them reach independence." The majority of young adults currently enrolled in transitional living programs have participated in more than one residential therapeutic program prior to turning 18. While these young adults have addressed their challenges and developed better self-regulation and coping skills, they have not experienced the typical transition from adolescence to young adult. They lack the skills to live independently, and this is why young adult transition programs are a necessary step in their journeys.
According to a study done by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in 2016, providing situated learning opportunities alongside peers in real-world settings away from home is an effective model for helping challenged young adults reach independence. This research also touches on how this approach is beneficial for families of these young adults. "Taking the parents out of the role of teacher/coach/caretaker allows for a healthier family dynamic to emerge," said Angie Shockley, Founder and CEO of Q&A. "We are very grateful to live and operate in a community that supports the work we are doing and recognizes the benefits of hiring young adults who are on this journey of personal growth," she continued.
About Q&A Family of Programs
Q&A Family of Programs is three different transitional living programs Cabin Mountain Living Center, Applewood Transitions for Women, and the Journey for Young Men. All serve 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.