ORIGINS OF THE PROGRAMME
Designed for the immediate needs of our Veterans and Service Members, intake and screening processes are quick and require minimal paperwork. Our programs do not require a diagnosis of a mental health disorder to attend and allow for early intervention; they are open to all Veterans and Service Members regardless of the participant’s military branch, trade or deployment history.
Programs are delivered at no cost to the participants and all accommodation, meals and travel costs are covered, ensuring that there is no financial barrier to attendance. Staff handles all administration and when necessary assist participants in planning their travel to attend.
Doing What’s Needed
The Veterans Transition Program is a 10-day group-based residential program, delivered over 3 weekends. It is designed to assist Veterans in their transition to civilian life by providing counselling, peer support and skill development.
Our programs are led by registered psychologists and clinical counsellors with expertise in military populations, trauma, and group work, and who have undergone rigorous hands-on training with our organization. Groups are supported by returning program graduates, whose presence and participation help bypass initial resistance and skepticism and start the transition process with maximum efficiency.
Tackling the Issue
Most of our efforts pertaining to this program involve studying new approaches and developing innovative ways to implement them. We evaluate our success in this field by gathering qualitative and quantitative data, and using that information to measure shifts and changes from our baseline measurements.
This Phase of the program is designed to put participants into an environment that may make them unfordable by giving them command tasks all practices are conducted in a safe and controlled environment. The aim is to see how the individual works with others and what may trigger unforeseen future issues, for example their actions after failure or frustrations. This will allow the individuals to identify their trigger points: specialists will be on hand to advise how best to handle the situation. This phase will have medical researchers monitoring the activities of the veteran’s challenges the medical team will be in the position to act on any negative outcomes and turn them to positive outcomes, helping the veteran to self-evaluate and conduct self-assessments in civilian life.
After taking part in the first two phases of the program, the veteran will have the tools to deal with any given situation that may trigger a situation resulting in anger, frustration or failure. During the employment support phase, veterans will be supported with interview process and be supported into live practice with real employers. This phase will work on presentation, mannerisms interview process and exposure to different employment opportunities. This phase will also prepare the individual to deal with rejection and to use the rejection as a positive for future enhancement thereby learning to turn a negative into a positive.
At the end of the full program, the veteran will be given a number of opportunities to be placed into employment. The program managers will work with a number of organisations that are willing to support veterans into employment. The veteran will be given the training required to allow them the first steps into their chosen carrier path.
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