Base Clinical Programming
Our Base Clinical Programming is a series of assignments designed to bring awareness to the relationship between a client’s inner conflicts and the strategies they have used to avoid addressing 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 first part of the exercise clients are provided a template, worksheet, and counselor assistance to take an inventory of emotional pain in their lives, and begin to identify and challenge the belief systems created during those times. Once complete, clients present their egg to the group. In the second part, 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.
Sharing the large pieces of their past, clients give their peer group and our clinical staff insight into other potential barriers that the client may face in daily life. This process is important for clients to understand that treatment is about both major issues as well as things that seem small but can have a significant impact on recovery.
This assignment focuses on survival mechanisms and how clients protect themselves in relationships. Clients create a paper maché mask decorated with art that represents the ways that the client protects themselves against perceived threats.
The love letter is a template that helps clients put into words their emotional experience of themselves and others. This exercise serves as a gateway for clients to understand the implicit intention of their emotions, moving from anger to sadness to regret, and finally landing on what it is that they truly want 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. The plan includes treatment recommendations, boundaries in the home, and consequences that are family-driven if the client does not maintain appropriate behavior after treatment.
Paired with a peer, clients review which four aspects of themselves they feel must change to achieve success after treatment. Clients create a visual display of the behaviors or attitudes that need to change and hang this as a poster in their room. If a client reverts to these behaviors or attitudes, their peer puts a checkmark on the poster. This exercise helps clients track their emotional and behavioral progress.