Identifying needs while improving strengths
Therapeutic Mentoring Services are provided to youth (under the age of 21) in any setting where the youth resides, such as the home (including foster homes and therapeutic foster homes), and in other community settings such as school, child care centers, respite settings, and other culturally and linguistically appropriate community settings.
Therapeutic Mentoring offers structured, one-to-one, strength-based support services between a mentor and a youth for the purpose of addressing daily living, social, and communication needs.
Therapeutic Mentoring services include supporting, coaching, and training the youth in age-appropriate behaviors, interpersonal communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and relating appropriately to other children and adolescents, as well as adults, in recreational and social activities pursuant to a behavioral health treatment plan developed by a Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor Resident in concert with the family, the Therapeutic Mentor, and youth whenever possible.
Services help to ensure the youth’s success in navigating various social contexts, learning new skills, and making functional progress, while the Therapeutic Mentor offers supervision of these interactions and engages the youth in discussions about strategies for effective handling of peer interactions.
Therapeutic Mentoring services are designed to achieve goals established in an existing behavioral health treatment plan for youth in the ILS Therapeutic Mentoring program, and progress toward meeting the identified goals are documented and reported regularly to the youth’s current service provider(s). Services are designed to support age-appropriate social functioning or ameliorate deficits in the youth’s age-appropriate social functioning.
Therapeutic Mentoring interventions are designed to address one or more goals on a youth’s existing treatment plan and are provided while engaging the youth in the following types of activities:
Artistic or creative activities
Educational or vocational activities
Activities of daily living based in the community (e.g., taking public transportation, applying for a job, etc.)