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How to Choose a Teen Transition Program

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Research indicates that there are three primary factors that increase the likelihood of positive long-term success following discharge from residential treatment, including parental involvement in the treatment process, the stability and structure of the discharge environment, and the utilization of support following the aftercare program. While many transition programs have similar structures, a transition program designed for older teens may be a better developmental fit for your daughter leaving residential treatment than one for young adults. If you are looking for a teen transition program for your daughter, these are a few questions to consider:


  • How large is the program? 


Journey Home combines the warmth and comfort of a traditional home setting with the continued guiding hand of staff. This means that our residents live in a home setting on a quiet cul-de-sac with limited number of other young women who are also coming out of treatment programs. By keeping the program small, we are able to nurture a close-knit community with smaller therapist caseloads, better staff-to-student ratios, and more individualized attention. In larger transition programs, it can be difficult for students to develop close relationships and feel like part of a team.


  • What age group does the program work with? 


Journey Home works exclusively with young women ages 16-21. This teen transition program is unique in that it acknowledges emerging adulthood is an earlier stage than young adulthood that requires additional support. With this age group, we are able to provide more college counseling, family therapy, and job skills that older young adults may not require. It also protects older teens from socializing with more mature adults that have gone through different experiences than they have.


  • Will she receive therapy at the program? 


Many young adult transition programs help connect residents to therapists and support groups in the community rather than having professional therapists on staff. Instead, they might work with a case manager who may help them with logistical support but is not qualified for the level of therapy they may have received in residential treatment. Residents at Journey Home work with therapists in-house who are trained in a variety of modalities, including trauma-focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Moral Reconation Therapy, EMDR, and attachment-based therapies. Parent coaching is also offered on an as-needed-basis, intended to be less intensive than previous family therapy you may have attended.


  • Will my daughter have access to technology? 


Students earn the privilege of using personal devices, like their cell phone or a laptop, in the first few weeks of the program. They are given the autonomy to use social media within reasonable limits and are encouraged to set personal limits and socialize offline as well. Staff does not supervise technology use but may impose time restrictions on personal devices if students are using the Internet inappropriately or are not engaged with peers.


  • Will she be able to go to school or work part-time? 


During the day, students go to school at a local public high school, college or university. Many students who have graduated high school or who have planned to take time off of school have elected to take a few core classes at the community college to stay on track. They also have the opportunity to obtain a part time job in the community and work regularly. Our teen transition program has built relationships with several businesses and non-profits in the community where our students have worked or volunteered in the past. During the evenings, there is a more traditional “home life” guided by Journey Home staff who are helping students gain vital life skills.

Journey Home Can Help 

Journey Home is a transitional living program for girls ages 16-21 that have graduated from a residential treatment center or wilderness therapy. We are the perfect fit for young women who are ready to build upon skills learned in therapeutic settings but recognize they still need guidance and support to further develop their success. Journey Home blends a traditional home setting with positive peer and staff relationships. We believe in the value of good health and healthy hobbies in promoting future success.

For more information about our teen transition program, call +1-801-444-0794.