Last week a family visiting Confluence was seeking to better understand our treatment approach. They were well informed and prepared to ask discerning questions to identify what the program does and why the approach is effective. With the help of a referring professional they had whittled us down among a few other options and their task now was to see which of the programs really aligned with the support that would best benefit their son.

Like other programs, Confluence offers a strong clinical foundation in a structured therapeutic milieu. Our clinicians bring expertise and sophistication to their work with participants. We have well trained staff that bring depth and intentionality to the experiences.

Unlike other programs our hybrid wilderness therapy and residential experiences combine the powerful impact of outdoor experiences with real world skills that help young adults better manage their day-to-day lives and launch into independence.

What is most unique, and what got to the heart of our visitor’s question, is our treatment approach. Confluence treatment model is rooted in three methods that help participants move forward. 

1. Reduce symptoms: Individual, group and experiential therapy help participants reduce and eliminate the negative symptoms they are experiencing and heal from the specific mental health challenges they are confronting.

2. Build the infrastructure of wellness: Structured activities, written assignments, and behavioral interventions support participants in developing the mindsets, communications patterns, practices and routines that support positivity, productivity and health.

3. Character development: Relational strategies and a focus on the exploration and development of the self support participants in building honesty, resilience, responsibility and connection.

This approach acknowledges a fundamental reality that is often missed in treatment programs. It isn’t enough to simply feel less bad. Conversely, it isn’t enough to feel better if it comes at the expense of relationships, capacities and integrity.

True health is dynamic and exists both within and between people. It requires the skills to engage actively in life, not just to mitigate suffering. Wellness is a process. It is an intentional act, and one that is strengthened by the support of others. By reducing symptoms, building the infrastructure of wellness and addressing character development, Confluence helps young adults build lasting change that is both profound and durable.

Each of these three approaches is an active and intentional aspect of Confluence’s treatment approach. This three branch model is integrated into daily life, the relationships and the activities in which participants engage. Together they form the clinical backbone of the program and bring together individual and group therapy, activities, experiences and milieu into a unified treatment experience.

- Bill