The Sober College Life Skills Infusion Program works with clients to teach and develop necessary life skills they will need to succeed during and after treatment.
Achievement in life skills is acquired through a combined practical and learning approach that focuses on teachable moments with staff and clients. It is within these moments that the individual strengths and weaknesses of every student is understood, coached and re-directed and/or supported.
Building a Foundation
Life Skills is defined as the ability to cope with stresses and challenges of daily life, especially skills in communication and literacy, decision-making, occupational requirements, problem-solving, time management and planning. These areas of focus can be broken up into two categories that are addressed during a client’s time at Sober College: Personal Life Skills and Relational Life Skills.
Personal Life Skills
Clients living at Sober College are responsible for taking care of their living space, and completing chores in all phases of the Sober College program. Many young people have never been taught, or required to do simple day-to-day tasks needed when living on their own. Sober College focuses on a variety of life skills to help strengthen clients in the everyday tasks surrounding being a young adult. For example Sober College educates their clients in practical financial skills. Through a series of interactive workshops, online learning systems and group activities, clients are brought to a better understanding of their own relationship with money and how it influences their decision making.
Additional areas include:
|Grocery Shopping||Fiscal Accountability|
|Budgeting||Basic Computer Skills|
|Hygiene & Cleanliness|
Relational Life Skills
Clients at Sober College are called upon to learn how to handle stressful situations, multiple priorities and engage in appropriate relationships with other clients and with staff. Additionally, for many, the learning process teaches appropriate self-care techniques.
These areas include:
|Time Management||Decision Making||Problem Solving|
|Critical Thinking||Stress Management||Anger Management|
|Active Listening||Emotional Regulation||Team Work|
Pathway for Success
Sober College offers a variety of residential treatment environments. All of our houses and apartments are designed to meed the changing needs of clients. As a client progresses through early sobriety, the level of support they need changes as will their living environment and the level of support offered. Our residential environments range from more structured housing to sober living to community based independent apartment living. For clients that choose to live onsite at Sober College, each level of residential support varies and clients are coached on the unique life skills challenges they face. All of our life skills training has the consistent theme and function of moving clients towards independence. Click here to take a tour of the Sober College campus.