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Breaking the chains


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Breaking the chains

  1. 1. Breaking The Chains<br />
  2. 2. Mission Statement <br />~ Breaking The Chains is committed to helping<br />individuals recognize and gain freedom from the<br />negative chains that prevent them from living a<br />healthy and purposeful life. This will be<br />accomplished through professional mental health<br />services partnered with intense committed<br />mentorship and consistent community involvement.<br />
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  4. 4. Program Overview<br />
  5. 5. Breaking The Chains is a program created<br />to help teens understand the outcome of their<br />choices; exploring the difficulties in their life<br />that are leading them to drinking, drugs,<br />promiscuity, and other life threatening escape<br />methods.<br />
  6. 6. When teens discover their<br />unique value and significance,<br />they can begin to make<br />positive changes in their lives.<br />
  7. 7. Our teens are encouraged to acknowledge their talents and passions and to direct their energy into something positive. We are challenging teens to invest in others and to never lose sight that they always have a choice to do what is right.<br />
  8. 8. We have been working with teens for over 12<br />years. The settings include teens in juvenile hall,<br />social service system, group homes, schools,<br />abroad in underdeveloped countries, family inhome<br />services, and in private practice. We believe<br />now, more then ever before that there is a crisis in<br />our schools and communities across the nation<br />and across the world.<br />
  9. 9. After speaking with teens over many years,<br />the one thing that bonds them with a<br />common theme is this; they do not feel<br />that they have a purpose now as teenagers,<br />they are not valued, and have hurts and<br />emotional scars that keep them stuck in<br />their negative cycles and patterns.<br />
  10. 10. Breaking The Chains Therapist Rachel Clark has<br />helped develop a program, Choices and<br />Consequences with the Superior Courts of Orange<br />County. The program has been running for 3 years<br />and continues to grow. She speaks to thousands of<br />teens about their chains and what holds them back<br />from releasing hidden pain and finding their<br />purpose in life.<br />
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  12. 12. We have had an overwhelming response from<br />teens who want to continue these conversations. Through these conversations<br />over the years it is clearly evident that the<br />poor choices teens are making relate to pain,<br />grief, loss, pressure, loss of connection, and<br />not feeling accepted.<br />
  13. 13. While educating teens on the<br />affects of alcohol and drugs is<br />important and the consequences<br />related to its use, the subject<br />must go deeper, or we are just<br />putting a band-aidon the real<br />issues and the crises.<br />
  14. 14. Why do teens drink and do drugs in thefirst place?<br />If we start with this question, maybe we can begin to understand the interventions needed to resolve this national crisis. When teens begin to value their lives and realize that they can make a difference in their community, that they have a purpose, something begins to happen. We have see this first hand with the youth that we<br />reach out to.<br />
  15. 15. Our program will focus on the symbolism of<br />CHAINS…We all have them, low self-esteem,<br />insecurity, anxiety, anger, depression,<br />loneliness, addictions, grief, loss, trauma, lack<br />of motivation, rejection, abandonment, and<br />abuse.<br />
  16. 16. The list goes on but the negative patterns,<br />choices, and feelings do not have to. These<br />chains keep us confined and restrained from<br />living out healthy, productive, and purposeful<br />lives. Often we need to allow the negative<br />messages attached to our pain to be broken…<br />set free. The pain is real but the messages<br />attached are not.<br />
  17. 17. Thishealing Journey begins with <br />Breaking The Chains weekend retreat. <br />
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  19. 19. <ul><li> The “emotional cleansing” retreats take place in</li></ul> different locations approximately 90 minutes<br /> outside LA. Here we will begin to uncover the<br /> hidden scars that our teens have carried for so<br /> many years.<br /><ul><li>We will have creative bonding exercises, team</li></ul> challenges, and guide them to connect with each<br /> other…to know that they are not alone.<br /><ul><li> We want to bring them back to a place of safety,</li></ul> acceptance, and to understand how very<br /> important their lives are…they are valuable and<br /> irreplaceable.<br />
  20. 20. <ul><li>Each retreat will house 5 teenagers. The demographics of each retreat will look</li></ul>different at times. There will be an all male retreat, and all female, along with<br />different ages ranging from 13 to 22.<br /><ul><li>Each teen will be paired up with a mentor. The ages of the mentors will vary.</li></ul>Mentors will always be over the age of 21. Mentors will be the same sex as their<br />mentees.<br /><ul><li>Licensed Therapist directs all therapeutic interventions, closely monitoring</li></ul>the emotional needs of the teens(mentees) while our Mentor Director<br />actively guides the mentors in building relationships with their new<br />mentees. Our mentors will give consistent support and will help cultivate<br />a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere for our mentees.<br /><ul><li>Mentors will role-model vulnerability, honesty, responsibility, and</li></ul>positive communication skills sharing their life struggles and how they<br />were able to overcome various difficulties in their lives.<br /><ul><li>Various challenges throughout the weekend led by Therapist and Mentor</li></ul>Director will focus on the mentees talents and passions, allowing the<br />mentors to have the groundwork laid out before leaving the retreat.<br />
  21. 21. <ul><li>The retreat will last for 2 nights and 3 days, beginning Friday</li></ul>afternoon and ending Sunday afternoon.<br /><ul><li>There will be 2 individual therapy sessions within the 3 days,</li></ul>along with 2 group healing circles each day. Each healing<br />circle will together cover all aspects of the CHAIN:<br /><ul><li>Processing aboutChoices and Consequences, past and</li></ul>present. Hiding Scars (focusing on emotional issues that are<br />causing negative choices).<br /><ul><li>Acknowledging talents and passions and using them to</li></ul>reach out into their communities,investingin others, in lieu<br />of drinking, drugs. and making choices that result in negative<br />consequences.<br /><ul><li>Teaching mentees to Never lose sight of their potential and</li></ul>purpose in life.<br />
  22. 22. Retreat Aftercare <br />
  23. 23. <ul><li>The mentors will continue on with our mentees for a</li></ul>minimum of three months. They will be out in the<br />community with them, role modeling, sharing their own<br />personal stories of pain and purpose, and connecting<br />them to the right resources to develop what has been<br />lying dormant inside of them for so long.<br /><ul><li>There will be specific goals set weekly for each mentee.</li></ul>These goals will be directed by the mentee, however the<br />entire Breaking The Chains team will help develop the<br />three month plan, which includes mentor, mentee,<br />mentor director, and therapist.<br />
  24. 24. <ul><li>Each teen will meet with their mentor one time</li></ul>a week for a minimum of 2 hours. Mentors will<br />be required to make additional contacts with<br />their teens 2 times a week via telephone.<br /><ul><li>Teens will meet with licensed therapist</li></ul>individually once a week. If teen already has a<br />therapist, this will not be required. Breaking<br />The Chains Therapist will need consent forms<br />to communicate with the teens therapist to<br />collaborate on their treatment plan.<br />
  25. 25. <ul><li>Each mentor will meet with mentor director</li></ul>once a week to receive coaching, training,<br />feedback, and support. This will allow our<br />mentors to equip themselves for the possible<br />challenges and obstacles they may face with<br />their teens.<br /><ul><li>Many mentors “burn out” due to lack of</li></ul>support and guidance. Teens are the ones<br />who ultimately suffer from this, disappointed<br />by yet another person in their life. Our<br />program takes this seriously and every effort is<br />made to keep our mentors encouraged,<br />focused, and mentally/physically energized.<br />
  26. 26. Our Mentor Director Ken Henry, will oversee the mentors during the<br />three month time period. He is determined to raise up mentors across<br />the nation, instilling hope again in the lives of our teens and their<br />families. His experience includes supervising group homes of<br />developmentally delayed teens, working one on one with at risk<br />teens, and facilitating the care and treatment of emotionally<br />and abused teens. Ken is currently doing mental health and case<br />management work with former foster young adults. Over the last two<br />years Ken has been an active mentor for at risk teen boys at the<br />Sunburst Youth Academy, ran by the National Guards in Southern<br />California. He is dedicating his life's energy to helping troubled teens<br />gain direction and purpose in their lives.<br />
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  28. 28. HEALING CIRCLESCONTINUE<br />Every 2 weeks the entire group including mentors, mentees, mentor director, and<br />therapist will meet for a 75 min. long healing circle. This healing circle will be led by a<br />licensed therapist These group healing circles will focus on the following:<br /><ul><li>Overall Breaking The Chains process: what negative choices are they still making, and the positive choices they are making. Checking in with the teens emotionally (scars), continuing to explore and develop their talents and passions, planning outreaches and helping our teens find tangible ways to invest in others around them
  29. 29. Develop skills to connect with other peers in positive ways through self-empowerment exercises.
  30. 30. Struggles that mentors or mentees are having on their journey together
  31. 31. Group challenges that focus on communication, respect, and responsibility.
  32. 32. There will be one uniquely designed challenge surprise in the community during the last month of the program. This will be directed towards showing our teens how far they have come through a meaningful and challenging experience.
  33. 33. Assessments of the teen’s progress throughout the journey, Feedback will be given by mentors, mentor director, therapist, and most importantly the mentees (peer feedback is one of the most powerful tools in our healing circles)
  34. 34. Keeping the group motivated through connection and support.</li></li></ul><li>There will be an outreach once a month with<br />the entire group (mentors, mentees, mentor<br />director, and therapist). These teens will<br />utilize their talents and passions in specific<br />ways to help others in the community. This is<br />one of the most important aspects of Breaking<br />The Chains. Through outreach they can begin<br />to find significance and purpose from within.<br />
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  36. 36. Program Time Ends…Their Life Journey Begins<br />
  37. 37. At the end of the three months each teen will be given a personalized<br /> resource book to utilize in the years to come. Within the books are:<br />Encouraging messages from the entire Breaking The Chains Group (including peers)<br />Photos of their journey, re-caps of special life changing markers and experiences that each teen had<br />Goals met that were set at the beginning of the program<br />Goals still needed to be met<br />Contact list of resources within the community that teen used while in program<br />Contact list of resources within the community that teen can utilize to work towards goals not yet met<br />List of outreach events and organizations that teen can continue to invest in using their unique gifts and<br />talents<br />List of emergency numbers if teen is in trouble physically or emotionally<br />List of contacts of individuals in the community who have committed to helping our teens develop their<br />talents and passions<br />List of churches, spiritual leader contacts, and resources for small groups on a spiritual journey together<br />Contact numbers of Therapist, Mentor Director, Mentor, and peers (if consent given)<br />Housing resources<br />Contact list of local colleges<br />List of financial aid resources<br />These books will be given to the teens at our graduation ceremony (locations<br /> will be determined throughout the year)<br />
  38. 38. Our team is a group of highly dedicated individuals<br />who share in the passion to walk along side our<br />hurting teens, giving them a hope and a future. We<br />are a creative team that will break the stereotypical<br />“therapeutic” intervention techniques that simply do not help our youth. This message of healing needs to be heard, it needs to be seen, and teens need to know that they are not alone. Please stand with us in this fight to keep our teens alive… <br />
  39. 39. Stand with us to <br />Break The Chains that<br />restrain the next generation from<br />living out healthy, prosperous,<br />and purposeful lives.<br />
  40. 40. For More Information on our Breaking<br />The Chains Program or Therapeutic<br />Services, please call 707-217-9033<br />0r visit<br />