For young adult men and women with mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and who may or may not be recovering from alcohol or substance abuse, making the transition to independent living can be difficult. There are many skills necessary to supporting oneself and successfully living independently that many of us take for granted.
Skills such as applying for a job and creating a resume are difficult enough for us all, but the necessary mindset and skills essential to maintaining gainful employment are less blatant.
However, these important skills make the difference in whether or not one can successfully live on their own. This is where vocational rehabilitation treatment centers, such as At the Crossroads (ATC) can play an integral part of a young adult’s successful transition into self-reliant living.
Why Choose Vocational Rehabilitation Treatment Centers?
Residential treatment programs and vocational rehabilitation together provide an effective means for young adults to learn the skills they need in order to successfully live on their own within the community. For young adults transitioning out of a more intensive residential treatment center to help them with their alcohol addiction, eating disorder, and/or mood disorder, group therapy that uses vocational rehabilitation plays a direct part in how effectively they can continue to apply their newly learned coping skills while maintaining their independence.
The Benefits Of A Vocational Rehabilitation Treatment Center
In addition to helping young adults continue to apply the skills they’ve learned to better manage their mental illness and/or addiction, treatment centers utilizing vocational rehabilitation prepare them for entrance into the workforce. Skills such as time management, holding oneself accountable, and a good work ethic are conveyed in a way that emphasized their direct consequences.
Training in skills necessary for a variety of entry-level jobs is also included and centers such as ATC also include service to the community as part of building those skills, developing a stronger resume, and conveying the importance of a healthy work ethic. Vocational rehabilitation has been found to directly contribute to higher gains in employment, as well as increasing the likelihood of fulltime employment and greater earnings. In this way, attending vocational rehabilitation treatment centers can help young adults to achieve their employment goals and live a successful and productive life.
How To Find A Therapist That Uses Vocational Rehabilitation
While there are many residential treatment centers throughout the country that can assist young adults with transitioning into the community, not all of them provide residential treatment and vocational rehabilitation. This separation of services necessitates additional counseling and training that may delay the successful launch of a young adult into society.
Treatments centers that address both mental illness, addiction, and substance abuse while teaching important employment skills provide a highly effective combination that further supports that young adult with incorporating their new skills, boosting their confidence, and developing their personal strength as an individual.
In considering a residential treatment center that utilizes vocational rehabilitation, that combination of services is an important factor for which to look. This, along with the attitude of the counselors and staff, plays a crucial role in how effective the treatment center can be for that individual.
ATC embraces a collegiate stance between their counselors and the individuals staying at their treatment center. In this way, staff and residents are on equal footing -replacing power plays with support and a community-minded culture that emphasizes the strength of each of its members. This works to build up each individual so that when confronted by the various challenges that they will experience in life, they have the confidence and strength to meet those challenges head on, and with the necessary skills to encourage their success.
Vocational Rehabilitation With ATC
As part of the ATC vocational rehabilitation counseling, young adult men and women are supported in changing their inner mindset to facilitate continuous positive mental, emotional, and physical health. Emphasis is placed on cultivating each individual’s personal strengths so that they may truly stand on their own and live a successful life.
Vocational rehabilitation plays a crucial part in that role, ensuring that they have the skills and outlook needed to gain and hold a job that helps them to meet their goals in life.
By being supported by counselors who treat them with respect and dignity, young adults attending ATC develop a greater appreciation for their own unique abilities and personal strengths. This encourages them to better rely upon those abilities and strengths and handle obstacles and challenges independently.
That independence and self-esteem building is further enhanced by the very same skills that enable young adults to increase their ability to achieve gainful employment. And those job skills taught by ATC translate into other areas of life, as well.
Skills such as accountability, integrity, and commitment allow that individual to better attain other goals, increasing their overall satisfaction in life. This further encourages the successful transition of that individual into society and independent adulthood.
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