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  • 1.
    • INNNOVATIONS IN THE THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY
    • 8 th ASIAN FEDERATION OF THERAPEUTIC
    • COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE
    • 23 November 2010
    • Marriott Hotel, Manila
    • LIVE. LEARN. DISCOVER. BE FREE
    Seagulls Flight Foundation,Inc.
  • 2. Theoretical Framework of TC
    • A unique “ self-help approach – albeit a bona fide social and psychologica l one – to the treatment of chemical addiction and related problems;
    • The term “ therapeutic “ denotes the social and psychological goals of TC’s namely changing the individual’s lifestyle and identity;
    • The term “ community “ denotes the primary method or approach employed to achieve the goal of individual change;
    • The community is used to heal individuals emotionally, and to train them in the behaviors, attitudes and values of healthy living.
  • 3.
    • To treat individual disorder, but the larger purpose is to transform lifestyles and personal identities.
    • Towards this purpose, the TC uses the community as a method to help individuals change themselves;
    • Its structure ( social organization );
    • its people ( staff and residents )
    • and its daily regimen of activities ( tools of the house ) are designed to facilitate healing, learning, and change in the individual.
  • 4. Seagulls’ Innovation
    • We have “ innovated “ the TC for our residents to learn an alternative lifestyle in the context of total wellness;
    • A wellness program based on the belief that unhealthy lifestyles can be changed with the right support structure, whether the issues are drug dependence, smoking cessation, depression, etc  
  • 5.  
  • 6. Mountain Biking
  • 7.  
  • 8. Subic, Zambales
  • 9.  
  • 10.  
  • 11. HEALING OF THE MIND AND SPIRIT
  • 12.  
  • 13. WHAT IS THE HIGHER GROUND ADVENTURE ? A Centerpiece Program of Seagulls Flight Foundation, Inc.
  • 14. THE HIGHER GROUND ADVENTURE
    • An intensive three-day outdoor adventure set within very rigid and spartan conditions;
    • With the barest assistance from one’s environment, one goes thru graduated series of activities to test:
          • Physical
          • Emotional
          • Psychological and
          • Mental limits
  • 15. THE HIGHER GROUND ADVENTURE
    • A dynamic and challenging medium of making one :
    • - conquer his fears and
    • - go beyond self-imposed boundaries of human growth and potential
  • 16. THE HIGHER GROUND ADVENTURE
    • This unique experience will be a test to distinguish the
    • - boys from the men;
    • - girls from the ladies.
  • 17. HIGHER GROUND ADVENTURE
    • A life-changing , powerful and moving training that uses the outdoor as a laboratory in making one :
      • realize and utilize his strengths and potentials;
      • more aware of his weaknesses as a person;
      • sharpen his personal, interpersonal,
      • life skills including survival skills .
  • 18. BENEFITS
    • As an individual, you will reap plenty of benefits, such as:
    • Being taught the right attitude and skills in managing tasks, challenges, difficulties, failures and victories, thereby, facilitating recovery from substance abuse and dependence or other related issues;
    • Build self-confidence and improve self-esteem.
  • 19. BENEFITS
    • Create and awaken in the participant a new realm of self-awareness:
      • awareness of his mental faculties;
      • his emotions;
      • his social responsibility towards others; his strengths and weaknesses;
      • How he is perceived by other people
  • 20. BENEFITS
    • Discover leadership potentials and develop effective leadership skills;
    • Discover one’s own stress and frustration tolerance level;
    • Taught the value of hard work, humility, and acceptance.
  • 21. BENEFITS
    • Strengthen sense of responsibility to one’s self and to others;
    • Taught flexibility and ability to adjust to diverse people, situations, and events;
    • Taught the value of time management;
    • Challenge one’s creativity and ability to initiate and innovate;
    • Belief and confidence in one’s self.
  • 22. BENEFITS AS A GROUP
    • Build and strengthen team spirit and camaraderie;
    • Spot and harness potentials in people that can be used in furthering group goals;
  • 23. BENEFITS AS A GROUP
    • Build personal and organizational
    • trust and loyalty;
    • Smoothen interpersonal relationships through processing of perceived interpersonal
    • differences to achieve group harmony;
    • Provide an inventory of people skills, talents, abilities, and potentials;
  • 24. BENEFITS AS A GROUP
    • Effective catalyst and motivator for people to excel, go beyond and achieve targets as a group;
    • Enhance cooperative teamwork needed in achieving targets and objectives.
  • 25. BENEFITS AS A GROUP
    • Start and implant a caring and concerned environment within the Seagulls Family
    • ( I CARE mode - “ Walang Iwanan “).
  • 26. METHODOLOGY
    • WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE ?
    • The leader/facilitator does not provide all the answers to the group; primarily the participants learn from each other.
    • Adventure experiences intentionally contain a certain amount of spontaneous unpredictability.
    • “ EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED ! “
  • 27.
    • “ Do not try to satisfy your vanity by teaching a great many things;
    • Awaken people’s curiosity. It is enough to open minds; do not overload them.
    • Put there just a spark. If there is some good inflammable stuff, it will catch fire. “
    • - Anatole France
  • 28. What They Say About the Higher Ground Adventure
  • 29. HIGHER GROUND ADVENTURE a one-of-a-kind training experience participants remember for a lifetime… discovering and revealing one’s true self… going beyond self-imposed boundaries... valuing one’s life and God’s blessings… Opening self to change & redefining one’s future… recognizing importance of the others…
  • 30. They walk to the training ground to discover themselves… the training goes on… rain or shine We challenge their determination… We confront behaviors… We reach-out to them… Until they discover they can… what they initially thought, they can’t … BELIEF in ONE’s SELF
  • 31.
    • relies on survival-
    • instinct
    • heightens
    • sensitivity to
    • environment
    • surfaces true self
    • enhances trust in
    • one’s self
    The Obstacle Course (Individual)
  • 32. The Obstacle Course (In Pairs)
    • increases sensitivity to one’s partner
    • recognizes value of another person
    • realizes how one’s behavior affects another
  • 33. Searching for Numbers
    • challenges how one values
    • own life
    • releases hurts
    • seeks forgiveness from others
    • real team-building commences
  • 34. Jonathan Livingston Seagull ( JLS ) Story
    • challenges one to go beyond self-imposed limits to actualize one’s self… one’s potentials… one’s dreams
  • 35. Blind Man’s Trail
    • intensifies value of
    • one’s life
    • consolidates
    • learnings from
    • earlier activities
  • 36. Individual Blind Man’s Trail
    • re-inforces
    • self-confidence
    • increases personal trust
    • on a Higher Power
    • overcomes fears
  • 37. Individual Blind Man’s Trail The ‘Hanging Rope’ The ‘Climb’
  • 38. Every one is a KEY PERSON . . .
  • 39. Group-sharing
    • participants share insights and personal learnings from their experiences
    • facilitator links learning experiences and prepares them for succeeding activities
  • 40. Team-building
    • relates training experiences
    • with work situations
    • develops small group
    • leadership
    • enhances sense of teamwork
  • 41. The HGA Training Team
    • well-trained facilitators for
    • experiential learning
  • 42.
    • The greater the challenge,
    • the greater the learning,
    • the greater the sense of achievement …
    … BELIEF in ONE’s SELF … Trust in Others Group Transformation…
  • 43. HOW DOES A PARACHUTE WORK ?
  • 44. “ An open mind makes the day “
  • 45. “ Tell me and I forget, Show me and I remember, Involve me and I will understand “
  • 46. A Leader’s Best Tool – CREATIVITY
    • IMAGINATION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE
    • 
  • 47. Whatever We Imagine
  • 48.  
  • 49.  
  • 50. Thank You !