- Why is Aftercare So Important?
- The Theoretical Foundations of Our Aftercare System
- Why Our Aftercare?
- A Detailed Outline of Our Aftercare
Why is Aftercare so Important?
Issues that caused you seek out intensive treatment in the first place can often be overwhelming and very difficult to overcome. It is not unusual for these pre-treatment behaviors to re-emerge, to some degree. Especially now that your child has returned to your care and has left the wrap-around “container” of the treatment environment in which they recovered. Research has demonstrated that positive outcomes are more closely related to a reliable and consistent home environment than any gains that are made while students are in treatment programs. With that being said, no matter how stable your home is, all students and families go through some form of struggle and maybe even relapse. During this transitional process, implementing the expertise of a clinical aftercare team who is comfortable working with you in your home, will be will be a vital final step for your family.
The Theoretical Foundations of Our Aftercare System
In the mid-1990s, the University of South Carolina (USC) noted that youth who were released from juvenile detention and prison experienced a high rate of recidivism; that is, they quickly returned to their criminal behaviors after being sent home. As an answer to that problem, researchers at USC developed what they call “Multisystemic Therapy,” or “MST.”
MST views individuals as being inextricably connected within a larger community that includes peer groups, schools, and neighborhoods. The MST approach is unique in that it works with individuals within their own homes and embraces the larger community as a source of support and help for the individual.
Over the past decade, clinical researchers have been tracking the effectiveness of MST, and have discovered that it is highly effective not only for youth who are returning home after incarceration, but with a variety of other youth populations as well, including youth who need support in implementing a medical regimen for illness (such as diabetes), and youth who experience psychiatric or behavioral disturbances and are at high risk of needing out-of-home treatment.
Our approach is rooted in the MST model. We work directly in your home and focus our program goals around five key areas: personal, family, social, spiritual, and educational. Within your home setting, we provide individual and family therapy, processing, observation, coaching, and crisis management, and additionally work with members of your community to build support and strength for your family.
Why Our Aftercare?
Once your son or daughter is home, a Redwood Grove Aftercare Expert will travel to you and visit your family and your Sentinel System in your home. Together with your Aftercare Clinician, Sentinel System, and Redwood Grove expert you will be surrounded by support and clinical guidance to see you and your child through the transitional process. You will be provided with a supportive curriculum, an in-home clinician, and weekly conference calls to guide you through the 12-week transition. From the beginning we will assist you in establishing a structure in the home to redefine and maintain your family’s new identity. Your investment in your child and family is not only to overcome problems and difficulties, but to grow and become – to continue to evolve as family. What lies ahead through this transition will be difficult. This program is not designed to shield you from, or prevent all future problems. You and your child are going to have struggles. Don’t forget that much of the growth, maturity, and strength that has developed in your child recently, has been because he or she has begun to learn to face weaknesses and embrace struggles. From beginning to end, we will be there with you to support your navigation through the struggles that are a part of every transition.
A Detailed Outline of Our Aftercare Program
For youth and young adults returning home from a Residential Treatment Center or Wilderness Therapy setting, our program lasts 12 weeks. We always hope to have the family enroll in our program several weeks to a month before the student returns home, so that we can begin preparations for transition, which might include possibly meeting with and beginning to establish a relationship with your child. However, we understand that the decision to enroll in Aftercare services may be made late in the residential treatment process and we can achieve that relationship of trust after the child has already gone home, if necessary. We divide the 12 weeks into three distinct phases that accommodate the emotional challenges of a child’s return home from wilderness or residential treatment. During each phase, the family completes specific tasks. Progression through the phases is generally completed within specific time frames.
- Redwood Grove will locate and provide an in-home clinician (Aftercare Clinician) who is licensed in your state.
- Once your child returns home, you will receive an in-home visit from a Redwood Grove aftercare expert.
- We will provide Sentinel System support.
- A comprehensive aftercare curriculum will be provided.
- In-home treatment/coaching/support and 24/7 crisis management is provided for 12-weeks.
- Weekly conference calls with Redwood Grove aftercare expert, Aftercare Clinician, and program therapist.
- Our program includes individual and family therapy, coaching, observation, community outreach, and crisis management.