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Innovations in the Therapeutic Community

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