Base Clinical Programming
Our Base Clinical Programming is a series of assignments that are designed to help bring awareness to the relationship between the “boys’” inner conflicts and the strategies they have used to run away from them.
The Banyan Egg is a two-part exercise that incorporates a visual display of clients’ perceived family system, personal beliefs, and major life events. The exercise allows clients to take an inventory of emotional pain that took place in their lives and begin to identify, and challenge, belief systems created during these times. Clients are provided a template, worksheet, and counselor assistance to draw out all of these events and relationships. After completion, clients present their egg to the group. After this presentation, clients have another session with their egg where they flip it upside down to draw a visual display of those who they feel “carried” them through rough times.
Clients share their life story now that the large pieces of the past have been described in detail during the egg presentation. This gives the group and staff an idea of other potential issues that client is facing in daily living. This process is also important for clients to understand that treatment isn’t only about major issues, and that things that seem “small” can make a large impact on recovery.
This assignment focuses on our clients’ survival mechanisms and how they protect themselves in relationships. A paper mache mask is created by clients and designed with art that represents the ways that the client protects themselves against perceived threats.
The love letter is a template that helps guide clients to putting words to their emotional experience of themselves and others. This letter also serves as a gateway for clients to understand the implicit intention their emotions, moving from anger to sadness to regret and finally landing on what it is that they’re truly wanting for themselves.
CREATION OF AN ACTION PLAN
Clients create a discharge plan with their counselor and family that outlines the continuing care plans for both the client and the family upon discharge. This plan includes treatment recommendations, boundaries in the home, and consequences that are family driven if client isn’t able to maintain appropriate behavior after treatment.
Clients is paired with a peer and reviews what four aspects of themselves they feel are crucial to change if they are going to have success outside of the residential setting. Clients then complete a visual display of the behaviors or attitudes that need to change in them and hang this as a poster in their room. As clients fall back into those defaults, their peer support puts a check mark on the board. Clients are able to track their emotional/behavioral progress based on this exercise.