Practicing Real World Living
In Phase III, young women have experienced a fundamental change in mind, body and spirit. They are now actively living the lessons they’ve learned and are engaged in a new sober life. Phase III continues clinical work, case management, and living in a sisterhood of community. Now, however, women have gained more independence and are regularly traveling into New Haven for classes, work and social activities. They are exercising, eating nutritiously, and practicing self-care regularly on their own volition. They are practicing a model life of purpose.
When a young woman’s integrated care team sees through data and behavior that she is fully engaged in recovery, they plan for her departure. A Discharge Planner begins the process of building a critical bridge to life in recovery after Turnbridge. This specialist contacts the physicians, therapists, counselors, groups, workplaces, educational facilities and other institutions that will become a part of a young woman’s ongoing care after leaving treatment. Establishing her connection to a community and aligning her health and wellness resources helps to smooth the transition from Turnbridge to what comes next.
The women of Phase III are living a life of purpose and passion. They have emerged from the malaise, bad feelings and ill health of mental health disorder or addiction. They have begun the important work of alleviating the oppression of stigma and trauma. They have gained a sisterhood of betterment, health, and sobriety. They have spoken from their deepest places to dispel fear and release pan. They are actively working toward goals and dreams. They are revitalized in body and soul.
Phase 3 Coordinated Services:
Clinical care continues. However, in Phase III, the therapist is now helping each woman expand her horizons and prepare to re-enter work and educational life. Therapy focuses on the feelings and lessons from work, volunteer and educational experiences, and reinforces the previous lessons of therapy to ensure that stressors are identified and managed.
In Phase III, Case Managers are helping to ensure that young women are living a recovery-oriented lifestyle and demonstrating the skills they’ve learned. Case Managers continue to coordinate care and act as resources for each young woman as she ventures more regularly to work, classes and volunteer work as well as support groups.
At this point in the program, Academic Advisors are working with each client to identify her desired educational next steps and preparing for the transition. Resumes and transcripts are organized and introductions to various academic programs take place.
Employment and Volunteering
Young women are now regularly commuting using public transportation or arranged rides to get to and from jobs, volunteering organizations and other vocational activities in and around New Haven.
Young women in Phase III begin to become more independent. Support staff become a more active part of assisting her in planning for work, education and other activates as she plans life after Turnbridge.
Families in Phase III have experienced a fundamental change in the health and mental well being of their loved one. Now, Phase III families often find themselves giving hope and encouragement to Phase I and Phase II families just as they had received encouragement from others. Family interaction tends to increase in Phase III as plans for life after treatment develops and decisions about school and work develop.
Young women are now making more decisions about the types of activities they would like to pursue. They may have developed favorite activities and new ways to exercise and stay fit. By now, she is prioritizing the activities that she will engage in after treatment to help create a rounded and enjoyable lifestyle.
Nutrition & Exercise
Phase III women are shopping for healthy foods and preparing meals for themselves and friends. They have also established a regular exercise routine and are responsible for completing their exercise goals.
Support Group Attendance
The young women of Phase III are actively attending regular community-based support group meetings and often begin acting more in the role of mentor to new women seeking hope.