– Young Adults –
Programs for Young Adults
College, College Dropout, Failure to Launch
Sometimes young people get derailed after high school. They may find the college experience overwhelming, and they may decide to take a break, or drop out altogether. Or they may never make it to college in the first place, and, instead of finding some comparable productive activity, such as employment, they may remain in their parents’ basement, or their bedroom, staying up late, sleeping in, playing videogames and/or pursuing some other unproductive, or worse, self-destructive activities.
There are a variety of programs to help young adults with these issues. Below are some of the different types of programs, and issues to consider:
College Support Programs: There many different types of college support programs. Some are located directly on a college campus, and are affiliated with that specific college. Others are free-standing programs located in college towns, or communities near one or more colleges and universities. These programs can provide wrap-around support for the college student. They typically offer housing; academic support (such as tutoring, coaching and advising); residential support; and therapeutic support (in the form of individual, group and/or family therapy and, if needed, medication management.) There are college support programs for individuals who may simply have difficulty with organization and time management, and need assistance to keep them on track with their schedule; college support programs for individuals who have struggled with chemical dependency; college support programs for students who deal with social skills deficits and who may be on the autistic spectrum; and college support programs for students who are academically capable, but need some therapeutic support due to their struggles with emotional problems, such as anxiety and depression.
Young Adult Transitional Programs: These are free-standing programs which offer a range of services, typically including academic support, vocational support, residential support, life skills support and therapeutic support. Many of these programs have a continuum of care, in which the young adult begins the program living in a sort of supervised house or shared apartment arrangement, and then steps down to independent living arrangements with lesser degrees of oversight. One major goal of these programs is to launch the young adult by facilitating their return to school, and/or assisting them in procuring and pursuing employment, and by teaching them life skills, such as grocery shopping, cooking, budgeting, banking, apartment upkeep, etc. Most of these programs have staff who serve as academic advisors, vocational advisors and life coaches. They also typically offer a range of therapeutic services, including individual, group and family therapy, and medication management. Some will have addiction counselors on staff to help the young adults who have dealt with chemical dependency and they will support these individuals in locating and attending support groups in the community (such as AA and/or NA).
Short-term Inpatient Assessment Programs, Short-term Intensive Inpatient Treatment Programs, Wilderness Therapy Programs: Some young adults are not ready for either type of program described above. They may have problems with substances, or specific mental health issues, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, or chronic depression and suicidal ideation, that need short-term targeted treatment. Sometimes young adults garner so much benefit from a short-term intervention that they are able to move forward in a healthy way, and perhaps return to college and/or pursue gainful employment. On the other hand, sometimes young adults, despite achieving some greater clarity about their problems and a greater understanding as to the steps they need to take in order to be successful, may still need follow-up support. Many of these young adults are then ready to take part in a program similar to those described above.
The staff at Next Steps can assist you in finding a program; one that will fit the needs of your son or daughter.