Individual Skill Development

Individual Skill Development is a hybrid of therapeutic mentoring and teaching life skills. It marries the goals and skills of a therapeutic treatment protocol with the bonding, coaching, guiding, and supporting strategies used in mentoring, all while teaching our participants skills they will need to be successful in life. A Skill Coach is assigned to provide individual programming that will empower youth and young adults by working with their strengths. Staff work hand-in-hand with the youth’s team to provide specialized individual support. Together, the youth and Coach will work on learning:

·      New coping skills
·      Problem solving
·      Communication tools
·      Experiential based learning
·      Emotional regulation
·      Social skills
·      Distress tolerance

In addition to the list above, Skill Coaches can help older teens and young adults with challenges such as:

·      Independent living skills
·      Developing coping skills
·      Interpersonal skills
·      Maintaining employment
·      Substance use and abuse
·      Working through a variety of obstacles and challenges in their lives

Individual Skill Development is not mentoring, although mentoring activities may be included in the treatment strategy. It is a very measured and strategic intervention model—one that works particularly well within a multicultural framework. The nature of Skill Development demands the maintenance of a very close working relationship between the Skill Coach, client, and parent or caregiver. In Individual Skill Development, the location and process of intervention is directly related to the advancement of a particular treatment goal.

To make a referral or if you have general questions about the Flight program, please call FLYY’s Clinical Director, Jordan Rozeske at 608-512-6109 or email her at jordan@flyy.org.