AfterCare – A Transitional Step Toward Success.
Transition from the residential setting to the home environment is one of the key pieces to a successful outcome. Aftercare utilizes the progress, skills, and relationship established in residential treatment to create continuity and momentum for maintaining and developing interdependency throughout the student’s existence. The student and family’s transition is as essential as treatment itself.
Often times, the student nearing the end of treatment is evidencing authentic change and has experienced a great deal of success with self regulating, managing behavior, and controlling themselves emotionally while on home-visits and with parents/guardians. As valued as this change is, it soon becomes challenged after graduation and is forced to face many obstacles, fears, and temptations. Knowing that these difficulties will arise, After Care is designed to provide the support, structure, and resources necessary to productively work through the challenges and reinforce those foundational elements (relationship, trust, humility, and connection) developed while in treatment.
Since the student and family have experienced their growth and development within the relationship of the program and specifically with their treating therapist, it is consistent that this therapeutic relationship continue to be the foundation for which transition into the home environment occurs. The treating therapist facilitates this transition home by providing: In home visitation by therapist (therapy and Team meeting), Consultation with other professionals (counselors, teachers, psychiatrist, etc.), Individual and family therapy sessions, Parental coaching, Re-enrollment eligibility (student), Residential Refresher (2 weeks, based on assessment), Academic support (through transition), Initial construction and facilitation of Success Team, and development of contractual agreements between family and student.
The vision of After Care is to facilitate families in living interdependently where student and parents are productively integrated into beneficial relationships through their active participation in academics, support systems, occupations, and activities, based on trust, care, empathy, and accountability. Its purpose is to provide clinically based services and establish supports where the continuation of emotional and behavioral change exists to develop and sustain a home environment which is safe, accountable, and interdependent.
After Care is an essential part of continuing the emotional and behavioral change experienced in treatment. Difficulties will arise after graduation and families need to be prepared and proactive about utilizing their supports. Have you discussed what After Care needs your student and family will need after graduation? Talk with your treating therapist about what you will need for the transition home.