Principles of Transition support
The goal is to provide the most cost-effective, research-based transition support options available to assist families and graduates with the transition into life after residential treatment. The following principles guide the aftercare program implementation:
Education: Families are educated about the important role of good aftercare in greater long-term success following treatment. Parents and residents participate in a variety of learning experiences relative to aftercare/transition throughout the treatment process to increase understanding and preparation for this vital time.
Community: From the onset, parents and siblings are a part of the family therapeutic process at Solstice. Families are directed and supported in the process of building support systems and teamwork both within the Solstice system, as well as within their family and home system. Families will be encouraged to seek the direction, expertise and counsel from their Solstice therapist and referring professional (where appropriate) as they begin to implement aftercare principles and programs. A sense of community can be incredibly important in continuing success after residential treatment.
Innovation: As families invest in the process of trauma, depression and anxiety treatment and prepare for the transition back home, they are encouraged to utilize new skills and processes in developing the support necessary for the long-term success of their daughter and family. This process often requires new ways of thinking, acting and collaborating, which require creativity and openness to new ideas.
Preparation for Home Starts on Day One of the Solstice Journey
Preparation for aftercare will begin immediately upon admission. Everything we do from day of admission to day of discharge and beyond is aimed at long-term success following the student’s return to your home.
Upon admission, families will receive the following:
- A book entitled, Not By Chance: How Parent’s Boost Their Teen’s Success In and After Treatment, by Tim Thayne, Ph.D. This is the beginning of the education about the treatment process and preparation for transition.
- An outline of the transition program components to help families recognize how important aftercare is in the overall treatment process, as well as the steps to take in this process.
- Information about dates for the family seminars which we encourage all families to attend. These seminars include further education and face-to-face transition groups that aid in preparation for the transition process.