Bridging the transition through mentoring and parent support.
360 Transitions services are designed to facilitate a clearly defined transition process in three one-month phases; following the initial three months, families have the option of continuing month to month with all or individual components of 360's services.
This phase focuses on proactive planning for a smooth initial transition from one environment to the next. During this phase a Mentor visits with the child either at their treatment program or at home to build rapport and prepare him or her for the transition process. Meanwhile the Parent Coach helps parents prepare emotionally and practically for this transition and assists in finalizing the "home contract". Both the Parent Coach and Mentor work with program staff to ensure that the family’s treatment process is explicitly understood and supported.
This phase focuses on collaborating with community-based resources when the child has transitioned from treatment and a plan is in place. A Mentor visit to the community, ongoing parent coaching support with the Parent Coach and treatment coordination with local professionals are key program components during this phase. Weekly scheduled skype calls, availability as needed and daily contact with the Mentor allows the mentor relationship to continue to grow in trust and support. Typically during this phase of the program we move past the honeymoon period allowing for more concentrated work on family patterns, translating and applying treatment skills and moving through regression cycles. Learning to apply the skills when life is difficult is where real change happens, resilience is built and confidence grows.
This phase focuses on reinforcing the established support network in collaboration with the family’s Educational Consultant and local therapist. Ongoing weekly support from the 360 Parent Coach and Mentor continues through this phase with the goal of transitioning any required care to the local support network. Following this phase the family has the option of continuing with all or individual components of the program on a month to month basis based on individual need.
The 360 Transitions staff understands the importance of a family establishing its own sustainable support network within their community; we work with all involved treatment experts to achieve this end for a cohesive transition experience.