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Independence Coaching

After meeting their recovery goals, clients graduate from Skyland Trail and return to their communities. Sometimes, clients need a little extra support as they make that transition. Our Independence Coaching program provides that support.

Independence Coaching is available to Skyland Trail clients who have completed more intensive treatment programs. New clients also may admit directly to our Independence Coaching program. Independence Coaching clients may participate in our Transitional Housing program or may live independently in the community.

We offer several levels of Independence Coaching, from one group session on campus each month plus one home visit per week, to 24 group sessions per month plus 5 home visits per week.

Group sessions on campus focus on practicing independent living skills. During home visits, an Independence Coach ensures clients are successfully adjusting to independent living and are taking their medications appropriately. The coach also provides assistance with practical matters like paying bills, planning transportation, accessing community resources and making and sticking to a schedule. The coach designs an individualized Independence plan to address areas that are most important to the client. The Independence Coach may also accompany the client on a community outing, like a trip to the grocery store.

Independence Coaching clients may elect to participate in our Life Enrichment Adult Program (LEAP). This innovative program provides regular socialization opportunities that help clients meet new friends, develop relationships and grow in their sense of self-worth and belonging. LEAP activities include support groups, book clubs, art and music lessons, group fitness and recreation, and outings in the community such as sports events, concerts and museum visits.

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Pursuing meaningful life goals
"Mental illness disrupts several aspects of people’s lives causing them to put long term goals on hold. Supporting clients as they gain the skills needed to pursue these goals is very rewarding," says Marshall McDonald, Independence Coach, Skyland Trail.
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Independence Coaching works to address the following goals: 

Organizational Skills
  • Budgeting
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Study skills
  • Finding and maintaining professional support
  • Transportation issues
Advocacy
  • Coordinating care between providers
  • Insurance and benefits issues
  • Assisting with family communication
Health and Safety
  • Recognizing triggers
  • Healthy eating and exercise
  • Maintaining sobriety
  • Medication issues
  • Routine household upkeep
Community Engagement
  • Finding purposeful activities
  • Healthy social activities
  • Enrolling in school