After an intense therapeutic wilderness setting in Alaska, close-knit and away from mainstream society, going back to normal can be difficult, and sometimes a transitional space is required to consolidate new skills and our new self. Journey Home fits this type of demand and is one of the leading transitional living programs from Alaska.
Journey Home is a transitional living program intended for teens between the ages of 16 and 21, who have already had a successful experience in a therapeutic wilderness setting, and now want to improve their emotional, practical and social skills in order to be and feel more independent and successful.
Although not located in Alaska, Journey Home helps teens from all over the country, and can continue the process started at a wilderness therapy center.
Journey Home’s therapeutic approach focuses on choosing, with the help of parents and a specialized professional team, goals to accomplish in five core principles:
They are intended to be foundations for a better and more successful future.
What makes Journey Home one of the best transitional living programs is that we understand that there is a conflict between these young women’s needs, like time to fully assimilate the new skills and lessons, and the pressing demands of society that is always pushing to go on and never stop. That’s why our main mission is to provide a transitional space that allows for peace and time to grow as well as giving residents the opportunity to develop socially useful skills.
Journey Home helps Alaska teens in a Transitional Living Program setting who are struggling with challenges similar to those below:
– School Refusal/ Truancy
– Social Isolation
– Learning Differences
– Mood Disorders
– Low Self Esteem
– Low Self Confidence
– Negative Peer Group
– Impulsive Behaviors
– Academic Underachievement
– Family Conflict
– Grief and Loss
– Technology Addiction
Journey Home is one of the most professional transitional living programs from Alaska, we think that developing well-rounded skills is the best solution to achieve a long-lasting basis upon building success in our life. With more than a decade of experience in the field, our team established these five core principles as the most important areas to develop for becoming a successful and capable adult.
These principles are:
We differ from other transitional living programs in the fact that our program from Alaska is intended to involve parents and the resident in planning goals and treatment, this way we build up more sense of agency in our girls and assigned female at birth.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health Articles: This is the official journal of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions, it’s an open journal focused on spreading scientific information. The journal focuses on improving the knowledge base for the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of mental health conditions in children and adolescents, and aims to integrate basic science, clinical research and the practical implementation of research findings.
Family & Youth Services Bureau: Family and Youth Service Bureau is an association aimed at helping older adolescents, preventing domestic violence, youth homelessness and pregnancy. Its mission is to create a future which is violence-free and healthy and productive for our youth.
Some examples of cities from Alaska which may have families who may be interested in Journey Home include: Anchorage
Kim has a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science & Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Corrections from Weber State University. She has been employed at Solstice and Journey Home since February 2011 as a Mentor and is now Admissions Director. She has traveled extensively around the world and has enjoyed calling various destinations home. This has given her the ability to empathize with the teens who may be at times homesick for home and family. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and socializing with friends and family.