Extended Care Mental Health Treatment
Phase I creates a platform of better mental and physical health on which to build. Women have been working on developing love and respect of self so that they may understand and manage their mental health disorders or addictions, and care for themselves. In Phase II, women continue their healing growth, while beginning to branch out.
Phase II marks a transition from learning and internalizing to the active outward demonstration of newfound skills and attitudes. Young women receive educational, employment, and volunteer counseling. Academic Advisers and Case Managers work with each young woman to identify her passions and align her experience and desire with educational and career aspirations. They begin planning for life after Turnbridge.
Women in Phase II put their life skills into practice. They shop for groceries, prepare meals, attend classes and meetings, and maintain their own schedules. They take part in holistic activities of their choice. They have made connections with other young people in recovery through attending local support groups. Clients receive individualized mental health or addiction treatment at our clinical center. As women progress through Phase II of our extended care program, they begin to witness a physical and emotional transformation taking shape. Far form the young woman who first came to Turnbridge, this renewed young woman is in good health, surrounded by sisters of shared experience, and in possession of the skills and knowledge needed to begin living a life full of possibility.
Phase 2 Coordinated Services:
As a sense of trust and therapeutic alliance builds between a client and her clinical care team, deeper and more meaningful progress is made in addressing underlying mental health issues. Clients are continuing to work one-on-one with their Primary Therapist and their Primary Psychiatric Provider. Group therapy sessions provide a platform for Phase II clients to process the new stressors that accompany gradually increasing responsibility and freedom.
Case Managers continue to coordinate each client’s activities and to monitor progress. They are deeply aware of all aspects of a young woman’s therapeutic work, her ability to make new friends, how well she is taking in and using new skills, and her attitudes toward recovery. Journaling, as well as reading and writing assignments also continue and evolve.
Phase II introduces educational planning and counseling. Here, we believe that treatment and education can and should coexist. Our Academic Advisors, available tutors, and other resources ensure that a young woman’s education continues and that she is set up to complete high school or college coursework so that she can continue to develop her educational resume and move toward her goals. More information on our academic services can be found here.
Employment and Volunteering
Young women are given the opportunity to find work and volunteer opportunities in the local New Haven community. Turnbridge maintains numerous relationships with area business to help young people find opportunities to try new things and have positive work experiences that build experience, character and skills.
As young women enter the local workforce or volunteer positions, Support Staff assist them with proper workplace etiquette, appropriate dress, schedule management, and more.
Interaction with the Family Liaison and family counseling continues. In Phase II, more experienced parents and parents of alumni become part of the family support group sessions as well. Hearing the journeys and lessons of experienced parents is often one of the most encouraging and promising aspects of the Family Program.
Young women continue taking art in daily activities. During Phase II, her choice of activities begin to expand as she demonstrates greater independence and consistent use of living skills. She may choose some new types of activities that put her into closer contact with real-world triggers and challenging situations. This contributes to learning how to manage everyday life and builds resilience.
Nutrition & Exercise
Shopping for groceries and preparing meals is now more of each woman’s responsibility. She also decides her exercise routine and may have access to a wider variety of exercise settings and locations.