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:
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 Individual Skill Development demands the maintenance of a very close working relationship between the Skill Coach, participant, 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.