5-Phase TC Program

The SELF Therapeutic Community (TC) provides a comprehensive behavior shaping and value formation program complemented with clinical therapy that promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth. There are three stages of development: Treatment, Rehabilitation and Continuing Care. In the Treatment Stage there are two phases, Induction and Primary. In the Rehabilitative Stage there are also two phases, Pre-Reentry and Reentry. In the Continuing Care Stage, there is the Aftercare Phase. The following table provides the overview and thrusts of the approach.

TREATMENT

I. INDUCTION PHASE: Evaluation and Motivation ……………………………………….. 1 month

When prospects are admitted in SELF, they are placed in the Evaluation & Motivation Unit (EMU) for 15-30 days for the Induction Phase of treatment. During this phase, medical, psychological and psychiatric assessments are administered to help determine an effective treatment plan. Counseling Sessions and Motivational Group Activities are provided to prepare prospects for the next level of development in the Lower House TC program. The milestone achievement in this phase is the signing of the DDB Voluntary Submission Form.

II. PRIMARY PHASE: Self Discovery………………………………………………………… 12 months

In the Primary Phase residents assume the basic responsibilities of the community and are facilitated to discover some of their counter-productive behavior. They learn to be aware of their feelings and are taught how to express them appropriately. Through daily activities and therapy sessions, they learn to resolve the inner conflicts that lie at the core of their addictive behavior.

As they progress in this level, residents are trained to become officers of the house and are entrusted with the responsibility of supervising younger residents. They are taught effective communication and leadership skills to help them ward off the negative influences in life out in the real world.

Several Family Interventions are conducted to help residents and their families confront unresolved issues and allow residents to assume responsibility for their past actions while committing to a discipline of change. Upon successfully completing these goals, they are awarded additional privileges, such as family visits and escorted day off, and are assessed for their eligibility to be sent-off to the next phase. The milestone achievement of this phase is the escorted 36-hour day off.

REHABILITATION

III. PRE-REENTRY PHASE: Self Formation¬†……………………………………………….. 3 months

In the Pre-reentry phase, residents remain billeted in the Lower House but are gradually integrated in the Upper House as they are assigned entry level jobs in various operations under the supervision of Reentry residents. Within this three-month phase they will need to complete Job Familiarization Activities to prepare them to take charge of one of the main operations of the facility when they reach Reentry. Throughout this process, they are expected to apply their new found behavior and discipline within the less structured environment.

Pre-reentry residents will also need to complete a Transformational Autobiography that they will have to successfully present in a Panel Interview. The Milestone Achievement of this phase is for residents to return from a 36-hour day off without escort that will serve as the final affirmation of their commitment to their recovery.

IV. REENTRY PHASE: Self Direction ………………………………………………………… 4 months

In the Reentry phase, residents are transferred to a Halfway House and enjoy the regularity of weekly days-off alone. They all undergo training as Facilitators. Some succeed in earning a Facilitator’s Badge and go on to take charge of various key operations in the Upper House TC while others assume blue-collar tasks. Each one, however, is taught advanced skills in effective communication, work organization, group dynamics and crisis intervention that they can use to facilitate themselves in their life after recovery. Together with this Reentry Residents are guided in making smart decisions most especially when choosing friends and activities so they can become role models of the community who behave ethically and professionally. To complete this phase, residents must submit a career proposal with Continuing Care plans, which they must be prepared to adhere to in the next stage. A panel interview normally determines their eligibility for the Aftercare phase.

CONTINUING CARE

V. AFTERCARE PHASE: Professional Integration¬†………………………………………….. 6 months

In Aftercare, residents are given the option to work for the Foundation through the SPIP or to pursue a career plan outside the facility as either a student, employee or business proprietor. In any case they need to successfully integrate with the real world in a productive capacity in order to graduate. Apart from consolidating with work and social life, Aftercare residents must attend the weekly Aftercare meetings and pursue a Continuing Care plan. Strict adherence to these objectives and goals entitles a resident to apply for formal graduation where they will receive a certificate for the Advanced Grade of Value Formation.