At Confluence we believe many challenges with mental health are based in a habitual patterns of experiential avoidance in which one attempts to stay out of contact with unwanted thoughts, emotions or behaviors. Confluence is designed to help reduce suffering as participants learn how to be with their discomforts, accept the range of human experience and commit to act in ways that are consistent with their values and that facilitate health and wellness.
The program help participants move from a pre-contemplative level of change, where an individual might not yet have a full understanding or awareness of the challenges confronting them. The program supports individuals as they develop an awareness of their challenges and identify and use their strengths.
Participants gain valuable insight into how their lives and that of those around them have been affected by their challenges and how to use their strengths to confront them. Lastly, participants take that awareness, acceptance and insight gained and use it to enter an action stage where they can begin to move forward managing their own health and wellness with the new tools, strategies and mindsets developed at Confluence.
Clinical objectives include creating psychiatric stability, developing a comprehensive understanding of the psychiatric, developmental, relational and daily functioning challenges, identifying individualized treatment goals, building a positive therapeutic alliance, and working towards building upon an individual's inherent strengths.
Each aspect of the program is designed to bring experience to the fore. Activities and clinical interventions are structured to reduce avoidance mechanisms and to promote engagement with participants thoughts, emotions, behaviors and relational strategies.
While enrolled participants learn and develop lasting shifts in mindsets that support and build wellness. They develop grit, experience flow, and build mindfulness into their lives. Through experiential engagement, participants develop response flexibility competencies that include: emotional awareness, distress tolerance, empathy, executive function.
These competencies support the capacity to more fully be with others and one’s self and to better manage the shifting demands of their environment with creativity, wisdom and resilience so that participants are able to manage daily expectations at a future lower level of care and confidently and competently navigate the path towards adulthood.