Incarcerated and Reentry Mental Health
The Restorative Therapy Project partners with educational institutions to provide mental health services to students that have been impacted by the justice system. Traditional mental health services often fall short of serving both the currently or formerly incarcerated populations because providers lack the knowledge of context and complexity in which correctional facilities are structured, and as such, having providers who have extensive experience working in the field is of essence to provide quality services that are appropriately suited for the needs of those who have experienced incarceration. The normalcy of chaos, toxicity, isolation, and neglect combined with lack of applicable post-release resources makes it difficult to successfully transition back into family, work, or school life.
Through teletherapy, the Project offers individual sessions and psychoeducational workshops tailored to the community’s needs. With an integrative therapy approach, our services incorporate themes of self-acceptance, importance of community, and re-defining personal identity and meaningful occupation. No life can be quite the same after such an experience, but purpose and meaning can be found through impactful discussion and a stronger sense of self. Students are able to take away new interpersonal skill-sets through interactive exercises and discussion that can help them in rebuilding self-esteem and planning for long-term successful reintegration into their lives.
Technology addiction is a behavior addiction and disconnects people from participating in relationships and the world around them. Excessive gaming, social media, and general overuse of technology produces similar reactions in the pleasure system of the brain as substance use and has been proven to increase feelings of depression and anxiety. This is an avoidant behavior often numbing deeper negative emotional experiences. We partner with Reset Summer Camp – a fully immersive 4-week clinical program for teens and young adults. We provide group and individual therapy throughout the detox process and help our clients begin to process past trauma and current overwhelming emotions in order to motivate them to create a more balanced lifestyle.
In individual therapy, we focus on coaching clients through the digital detox process while bringing awareness to the underlying factors that have led them to develop these unhealthy habits. Once awareness has been developed, those negative experiences can be processed and we can begin to restructure the balance of daily responsibilities and activities.
Special Education Consultant
Special education is a broad term encompassing a multitude of learning needs. Our education services provided specialize in the following eligibilities:
- Emotional disturbance
- Specific learning disability
- Other health impairment (including ADHD and psychiatric diagnosis)
Through consultation, we support parents and other special education teachers with the development and implementation of their student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). We will identify appropriate academic goals for the student and determine what they need in the classroom and at home in order to succeed. We observe students and review assessment data and work samples to offer solutions to the educational team for both academic and behavioral challenges within a variety of settings.