Continuing Extended Care
Phase I creates a platform of better mental and physical health on which to build. Women have been working on developing love and respect of self so that they may understand and manage their addiction, successfully care for their mental health issues, and care for themselves. In Phase II, women continue their healing growth, while beginning to branch out.
Phase II marks a transition from learning and internalizing to the active outward demonstration of newfound skills and attitudes. Young women receive educational, employment and volunteer counseling. Educational Advisers and Case Managers work with each young woman to identify her passions and align her experience and desire with educational and career aspirations. They begin planning for life after Turnbridge.
Women in Phase II put their life skills into practice. They shop for groceries, prepare meals, attend classes and meetings, and maintain their own schedules. They take part in holistic activities of their choice. They have also found a Twelve Step sponsor, attend regular meetings, and are working the Twelve Steps. Clients receive individualized drug and alcohol treatment, drug testing, and medication management at our clinical center. As women progress through Phase II of our extended care program, they begin to witness a physical and emotional transformation taking shape. Far form the young woman who first came to Turnbridge, this renewed young woman is in good health, surrounded by sisters of shared experience, and in possession of the skills and knowledge needed to begin living a life full of possibility.
Phase 2 Coordinated Services:
Case Managers continue to coordinate each client's activities and to monitor progress. They are deeply aware of all aspects of a young woman's therapeutic work, her ability to make new friends, how well she is taking in and using new skills, and her attitudes toward the program. Journaling, as well as reading and writing assignments also continue and evolve.
Phase II introduces educational planning and counseling. Here, we believe that treatment and education can and should coexist. Our Education Advisors, available tutors and other resources ensure that a young woman's education continues and that she is set up to complete high school or college coursework so that she can continue to develop her educational resume and move toward her goals.
Employment and Volunteering
Young women are given the opportunity to find work and volunteer opportunities in the local New Haven community. Turnbridge maintains numerous relationships with area business to help young people find opportunities to try new things and have positive work experiences that build experience, character and skills.
The full range of individual clinical therapy and group work continues at our clinical center.
As young women enter the local workforce or volunteer positions, Support Staff assist them with proper workplace etiquette, appropriate dress, schedule management, and more.
Interaction with the Family Liaison and family counseling continues. In Phase II, more experienced parents and parents of alumni become part of the family support group sessions as well. Hearing the journeys and lessons of experienced parents is often one of the most encouraging and promising aspects of the Family Program.
Young women continue taking art in daily activities. During Phase II, her choice of activities begin to expand as she demonstrates greater independence and consistent use of living skills. She may choose some new types of activities that put her into closer contact with real-world triggers and challenging situations. This contributes to learning how to manage everyday life and builds resilience.
Nutrition & Exercise
Shopping for groceries and preparing meals is now more of each woman's responsibility. She also decides her exercise routine and may have access to a wider variety of exercise settings and locations.