Guided Aftercare

The Guided Aftercare Program is a unique opportunity for young adults, aged eighteen to twenty four, to transition from the Guided Transition Program into a program where they can practice the skills they have learned in an even more independent manner. Unlike other aftercare settings, our Guided Aftercare Program, students are helped by staff to refine and maintain a life practice complete with the framework that has been proven to work for them in the Guided Continuum programming.  Staff from a variety of disciplines, support this framework by allowing the students to continue to take the reigns and show accountability while emerging into independent adult lives. Throughout the Guided continuum, students receive experiential support for independent skills, moving at a pace that accommodates even the most fundamental tasks of adult life. Continuing to rely on functioning as the measure for readiness, our program allows for each student to receive the needed level of guided support with their level of independence. This allows time for healing as well as the fostering of engagement in the process of competency development.  Students in this program have access to the depth of clinical expertise from staff dedicated to Innercept full-time including physicians, nurses, certified teachers and vocational experts, dietitians, a crisis team in place 24 hours a day that can respond to issues throughout the programs of Innercept, and access to stabilization in the event it is needed.  We have worked for over ten years to foster community relationships with business owners and non-profit organizations that employ people compassionate and motivated to help our population of students.

The therapeutic alliance established earlier in the resident’s progression through the guided program is an essential component to meeting their individual needs as they move into independent living.  Guided Aftercare combines the therapeutic services that were provided by the team of treatment professionals from earlier parts of the program, while increasing individualized community-based support.  We offer on-going supportive services, targeted mentoring, and task plans to encourage independent living skills, mood management skills, help in achieving a balance with regard to their physical health and diet, help in maintaining an organized environment, establishment of healthy relationship patterns, and the building of self-esteem and values.  We emphasize enrollment in college courses, the maintaining of employment, and/or volunteering as essential to the resident’s success.

Guided Aftercare is a fundamental step in the Innercept continuum as it provides residents with an opportunity to apply the lessons they have learned and reflect on the choices they have made. The program is a guided path to successful independent living. It is a path that further enhances a resident’s ability to cope with new challenges and gives them experiential support as they practice life skills, create new connections in the community, and redevelop the self-confidence and trust in themselves that will allow them to be successful in the endeavors they pursue after Innercept.

Therapeutic Component

  • Comprehensive medication management with a staff psychiatrist well known to the students.
  • Comprehensive treatment that utilize medical services and other resources in the community.
  • Formal therapy to include individual and family therapy done by staff therapists who work full time at Innercept and who specialize in this specific program milieu.
  • Students have numerous informal moments with clinicians within the milieu proving once again that an immersion milieu is best when multi-disciplined
  • Weekly process groups that include all residents involved in Guided Aftercare.
  • Other groups and activities that include culinary skills, shopping, nutrition, health and promotion of all of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes.
  • Discharge Planning to include available and needed resources to include creating a therapeutic bridge between Innercept and the support resources at the student’s next living arrangement.

Education

  • Supportive services and monitoring of progress while enrolled in a local college or university.
  • Periodic mentoring on schedule maintenance, course planning, decision-making, finance, health and fitness and accountability.
  • Vocational support and development through internships within Innercept and/or within the community at local businesses
  • Discharge Planning to include managing the college application process and the investigation of colleges and majors.
  • Provision of study sessions, both group and individual, when identified as needed and beneficial; monitoring of individual study sessions to ensure academic pacing and organization is maintained

Life Skills

  • Mentoring on maintaining an appropriate budget.
  • Supervision of planning and time management skills which includes the effective utilization of a planned schedule and calendaring
  • Mentoring of cooking and appropriate nutritional choices, including shopping and menu planning.
  • Group living arrangements to encourage relationship skills with roommates, peers & authority figures.
  • Staff assistance with resume development, mock interviews and other job readiness skills.
  • Group and community living practices to include personal hygiene, how to organize and maintain living spaces and how to select healthy and fulfilling social opportunities

Transportation

  • Innercept staff will augment the use of public transportation or bicycles to assist in ensuring that students arrive for their daily commitments.
  • Guided public transportation navigation is provided.
  • Transportation needs are coordinated with staff and peers in advance.
  • Basic bicycle maintenance and repair skills are taught to foster self-reliance.

Social Activities

  • Staff organize weekly outings that include volunteerism, sporting activities, artistic projects and other community events that Aftercare residents are encouraged to attend.
  • Student Life events each Friday and Saturday evening promote healthy leisure activities as students socialize with each other.
  • Student initiated socials on the weekends encourage building a sense of community and teach the life skill of networking.
  • Learning to use the community recreation in a healthy and self-developing manner