During Phase I, which lasts 60 to 90 days, our men will be participating in 15 to 20 groups per week along with 2 to 3 individual therapy sessions with their primary therapist. Each client will meet with our Medical Director, Dr. Robert Simpson M.D. weekly. And although this is quite standard for residential, certainly our goal is to not our clients inside throughout the day. Our goal is to always think outside the box, focusing on the innate strengths in each of our clients while also maintaining clear focus on evidence-based treatment. Activity is key and our therapy can and will happen anywhere and everywhere. Certainly, clients do not change through what they hear. Rather, the change comes through their experiences.
For instance, each client will receive a longboard upon entrance into EVNSQ. His first assignment will be to build and design his longboard to make it his own. We will utilize this as a starting point to allow him to begin taking ownership of who he is. We will then be taking our clients up Provo Canyon on nights with full moons to ride down under the moon light. Once we reach the bottom, we will then have a group to process some of the fears or hesitations they may have had. We will also be processing the feelings they had while the wind was on their face.
Theraputic gains come while working through difficult activities. Installing a crankshaft into an engine block or doing inner-child work through the use of an iPad allow us, the clinicians, to meet our clients wherever they are. But this does require posing questions to our clients about what has or has not worked for them in the past. Their answers allow us to make room in our treatment for many different options for them to choose from.
Of course, nutrition, exercise, sleep, connection, diagnostics, family involvement, and medication management as necessary are all vital components to the overall treatment clients receive.
Lastly, our LMFTs with be working closely with each of the families weekly. We also have four families coming in each week to do their own work with our Clinical Director and our LMFTs. We are doing weekly family workshops because we want to ensure each family member has the time and space to do his or her own work without feeling the pressure of time.