The Sober College Life Skills Infusion Program works with residents to teach and develop necessary life skills they will need to succeed during and after their stay.
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 stay at Sober College: Personal Life Skills and Relational Life Skills.
Personal Life Skills
Residents 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 students in practical financial skills. Through a series of interactive workshops, online learning systems and group activities, students 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
Residents are called upon to learn how to handle stressful situations, multiple priorities and engage in appropriate relationships with other residents 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
As residents progress through the Sober College program they will have the opportunity to live in a number of unique residential environments. These include primary residential housing, apartment based living, sober living, community based independent apartment living, and aftercare support. Each residential level carries varied and unique life skills challenges that have the consistent theme and function of moving residents towards independence.