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Transformations Signature Program

Transformations is a Residential programme for the treatment of Drug and Alcohol dependency, depression, eating disorders and other life altering conditions. The Transformations Program targets specific needs by introducing group sessions and practical teaching on issues such as; conflict resolution, communication skills, identity & self worth, life skills, literature & numeracy, work place ethics, discipline and boundary setting.

We are a client-centred, medium-term, drug-free, residential therapeutic community. Provision of services operates within a structured, safe and supportive environment, which adopts an abstinence approach.

A core concept of The Transformations Therapeutic Model is the purposive use of the peer community to promote constructive social and psychological change in individual residents. Thus residents are highly involved in working with each other, on each other, and taking responsibility for charting their own progress.

Both the initial and extended programs utilise individual counselling and group work to achieve its goals. Group work encompasses educational, therapeutic and support groups addressing topics which include anger management, guilt, shame, social skills, assertiveness training, relapse prevention, nutrition etc. In addition to group work, each resident is assigned a counsellor/caseworker who is jointly responsible for tailoring interventions to the unique needs of the individual. These may include supporting residents while they address issues associated with the criminal justice systems, family and community services, housing and other legal/financial matters that may arise.

The program is made up of four phases and the average duration of each stage is twelve weeks.:

Assessment Phase

The initial level or stage is a two week period and is called Assessment phase:

  • This is where the new Residents are becoming familiar with their new environment
  • A time of no interaction with the outside environment.
  • A time of cutting off all ties to their old lifestyle.
  • A time of being nurtured and supported to stay committed to the programme.
  • This is where the new Resident will be assigned a senior resident for accountability wherever they go.

First Stage

The next phase is called the First Stage. This is where Residents are:

  • Experiencing the benefits of a drug-free and victorious lifestyle
  • Gaining an understanding of basic human behaviours and developing life skills
  • Making an informed choice about future treatment needs and options
  • Education on issues such as relapse prevention, relaxation, harms minimisation, infectious diseases, basic nutrition, conflict resolution etc.
  • Basic sessions on anger, shame, grief and loss, fear and guilt, self esteem etc

Second Stage

During the second stage of the program residents continue their recovery in a physical sense. The emphasis during this stage is on emotional and spiritual growth with the support of other residents and staff:

  • A time of increased feelings of self-worth, gaining self-confidence in decision-making and learning through consequential thinking.
  • A time of restructuring lifestyles, developing healthy attitudes and activities and setting realistic goals.
  • A time of exchanging false belief systems and learning Cognitive Behaviour Therapy through self regulating behaviour.
  • A time of addressing core issues including past trauma, grief, loss and shame.
  • A time of assuming greater responsibility for personal recovery, involvement in the running of the Community and supporting "newcomers" to the program.

Third Stage

The third stage is where the residents in this level:

  • Take on a role of responsibility for the overall running of the programme.
  • Learn management and people skills.
  • Learn Stress management and time management
  • Learn selfless behavior
  • Identify and address Power and Control issues within their behaviour and belief systems.
  • This is also the phase when residents begin the process of networking and discussing an exit plan with staff to move into transition phase.

Transition Phase

The fourth stage is called Transition and this is where the residents move into another house and have a supported structure for integration back to the outside world. The residents in this level of the program are;

  • Required to volunteer time in some area of Transformations.
  • Required to be actively seeking employment or vocational training.
  • Required to attend certain groups within the program
  • Required to be actively participating in continued accountability with Staff.

Fifth Stage

The fifth level is graduation of the programme and living in a supportive environment, maintaining:

  • A clean and sober life
  • A positive influencial life in the community.
  • Positive relationships and healthy boundaries
  • A spiritual foundation through prayer, the Bible and networking with like-minded people.