Integrated Transition Program
It’s not enough for a young woman to achieve her goals and meet success while in treatment. We feel the true measure of a girl’s success is her ability to transfer new skills and abilities to other settings and environments, such as home or college. That’s why we pioneered the idea of integrated transition. We were the first program to successfully implement an integrated transition program into the treatment experience. Many other programs have begun to replicate this idea. That’s because it’s a great way to assess a girl’s ability to maintain new behaviors and generalize skills to new social settings with new people. When a young woman can successfully manage the changes that occur during the transitional phase at Uinta, we know she can navigate the transition to home or a new school. The transition experience gives girls the confidence to soar into their new life.
When a young woman enters the final phase of her treatment experience at Uinta, she moves into our Transition home. This gives her an opportunity to practice initiating and developing healthy relationships and boundaries with a new set of girls. She is encouraged to take ownership in managing her daily tasks and activities. If problems arise, rather than providing all the answers, staff will guide her through mindful problem solving to work out solutions. The Transition girls spend time on home visits every month practicing skills and integrating back into their family system. Transition also allows us to prepare girls for their next step, whether it is going home, going to boarding school, going into independent living, or off to college. Preparation for the next step may include taking classes at the local college or tech school, volunteering their time in the community, or getting a job. As girls deal with changes and greater expectations at Transition, we can observe any “bumps” that they experience and prepare them to successfully avoid and manage those “bumps” when they leave Uinta.