After an intense therapeutic wilderness setting in Louisiana, close-knit and away from mainstream society, going back to normal can be difficult, and sometimes a transitional space is required to consolidate new skills and our new self. Journey Home fits this type of demand and is one of the leading transitional living programs from Louisiana.
Journey Home is a transitional living program intended for teens between the ages of 16 and 21, who have already had a successful experience in a therapeutic wilderness setting, and now want to improve their emotional, practical and social skills in order to be and feel more independent and successful.
Although not located in Louisiana, Journey Home helps teens from all over the country, and can continue the process started at a wilderness therapy center.
Journey Home’s therapeutic approach focuses on choosing, with the help of parents and a specialized professional team, goals to accomplish in five core principles:
They are intended to be foundations for a better and more successful future.
What makes Journey Home one of the best transitional living programs is that we understand that there is a conflict between these young women’s needs, like time to fully assimilate the new skills and lessons, and the pressing demands of society that is always pushing to go on and never stop. That’s why our main mission is to provide a transitional space that allows for peace and time to grow as well as giving residents the opportunity to develop socially useful skills.
Journey Home, one of the leading transitional living program from Louisiana, offers some of the most advanced transitional environments in the country. It’s scientifically proven that focusing on building a sense of agency and personal responsibility is the best path to build self-esteem.
The first step of this path is that it is not the first step at all. Our transitional living program is intended to provide a transition time between any treatment program and going back to normal society for teens between 16 and 21 from Louisiana. To do so, during the day, girls and assigned female at birth will attend high school or college, and return to Journey Home base in the evening, where they can find the warmth and comfort of a traditional home setting.
Every girl or child assigned female at birth is guided by house parents that function as individual guides to help their with reaching goals and with practical things like homework and school or college studies. They have at least one follow-up interview every two weeks.
During permanence, girls and assigned female at birth from Louisiana are involved in many activities to enhance life-skills, such as: maintaining cleanliness of living space and property, budgeting, time management, meal preparation, shopping, transportation, gaining employment, appropriate recreation, personal hygiene, nutrition and fitness. They can also attend high school or pursue college courses.
But not all of our transitional living program from Louisiana is teaching and educating. Some of the regular group activities at the Journey Home include Fun Food Friday, snow sports in the winter, visiting museums, going to movies, exploring the local outdoors by hiking and biking, and many other local events and activities. Many of these activities are carefully planned by Journey Home itself.
Journey Home helps Louisiana teens in a Transitional Living Program setting who are struggling with challenges similar to those below:
– Social Isolation
– Negative Peer Group
– Academic Underachievement
– Technology Addiction
– Low Self Confidence
– Grief and Loss
– Mood Disorders
– Family Conflict
– Impulsive Behaviors
– Low Self Esteem
– Learning Differences
– School Refusal/ Truancy
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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health Articles: This is the official journal of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions, it’s an open journal focused on spreading scientific information. The journal focuses on improving the knowledge base for the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of mental health conditions in children and adolescents, and aims to integrate basic science, clinical research and the practical implementation of research findings.
Journey Home helps Louisiana families from cities and towns like: Eden Isle Geismar Belle Chasse Madisonville Woodworth Mandeville River Ridge Benton Prairieville Metairie
Kim has a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science & Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Corrections from Weber State University. She has been employed at Solstice and Journey Home since February 2011 as a Mentor and is now Admissions Director. She has traveled extensively around the world and has enjoyed calling various destinations home. This has given her the ability to empathize with the teens who may be at times homesick for home and family. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and socializing with friends and family.