Solstice RTC Transition
Research has indicated there are three primary factors that increase the likelihood of positive long-term success following discharge from residential treatment. These factors are:
- Parental involvement in the treatment process;
- The stability and structure of the discharge environment; and
- The utilization of support in following the aftercare program.
As you can see, 2 of the top 3 factors leading to long term success happen after finishing the program. This speaks to the vital importance of the transition back into the home. These three factors provide the foundation for the Solstice Transition Support program and are integral contributors to a consistent track record of “long term positive outcomes” enjoyed by Solstice families. Transition Support is unique to the Solstice program and provides families unrivaled therapeutic support in preparation for, and throughout the transition back into the home environment.
Principles of Aftercare
The goal is to provide the most cost-effective, research-based aftercare support options available to assist families and graduates with the transition into life after residential depression and anxiety 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 depression and anxiety treatment.
Innovation: As families invest in the process of trauma, depression and anxiety treatment and prepare for aftercare, 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 Day One of 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 aftercare program components to help families recognize how important aftercare is in the overall depression and anxiety 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.
In-Home Visit with Transition Specialist
Preparation for the transition home continues throughout the treatment process. However, during the last 3 months of RTC care, this preparation intensifies. Our transition specialist begins working more intensively with the family, resident and therapist to assist in this important process. There are several program components that move into high gear at this stage, for both parents and daughter.
In addition, shortly after discharge, the transition specialist will travel to the family’s home to conduct a home visit, providing specialized consultation and support services, coaching, education and development of natural mentors and support systems for the child in the home community.
The completion of this aftercare program greatly enhances long-term success for those families who participate. For this reason, the Solstice aftercare program is considered part of the RTC process and is fully integrated into the program.
 Heather Hair (2005), Outcomes for Children and Adolescents After Residential Treatment: A review of Research from 1993-2003