Benefits of Traditional Hands-on Life-Skills Programs for People in Transition


By Scott Brand

While life-skills educational modalities are the rage in all academic circles including public schools – perhaps one of the most compelling potential benefactors of this innovative teaching method are people in transition. This is particularly the case with both teens and adults in a drug rehab setting as well as those entered into the Lifetime Training Solution program.

In either end of the spectrum, whether you have an addiction to heroin or have been unemployed for an extended period of time – your life has hit a dead-end and life-skills educational programs provide a gateway to turn 180 degrees in a completely different and healthful direction.

Examples of traditional hands on life skill courses:

• Resume writing, interview skills and on-the-job training
• How to effectively manage time to achieve daily goals
• Financial management and planning
• Public speaking interpretation, such as watching TED speeches followed by a discussion group
• Learning to play a musical instrument
• A field trip to a museum or deep sea fishing expedition
• Speech presentations from outside guests who have accomplished improbable life-time goals against all odds
• Social skills, such as the ability to resist impulses and get along with others despite their differing opinions and idiosyncrasies

To serve as an example of a high quality life skills course exercise, a teen rehab recently brought in a motivational speaker to augment their life skills training efforts. Inspirations for youth, a leading teen treatment center enlisted the services of Doctor Dribble – a Guinness World Record holder – to impress upon the teens the mantra that nothing is impossible to attain if you try your hardest to achieve it.

“By the time teens enter our treatment center they are physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted,” said Karen Corcoran Walsh, president of Inspirations for Youth and Families (IYF), a renowned teen addiction treatment center. “The goal and the very essence of our program is to help our patients become people again and start integrating back into daily life by learning life skills that strengthen their improved condition.”

When an individual becomes dependent on drugs or alcohol, their life skills, maturity, and ability to cope with stress and responsibility often come to a halt. As a result, they may have a void in their familiarity with basic life skills that must be filled in order to achieve a lasting recovery.

It is also important for people in their nascent stages of recovery to learn more advanced life skills when they are ready, such as financial planning and investing, resume-building, applying for a job or simply finding their very own apartment. This way, when they leave a place like a teen drug rehab, they have something to show for more than just recovery – they know how to lead a productive, well-rounded, alcohol and/or drug-free life.

“What our teens in recovery appreciate most about the life skills training series is that it goes well beyond teaching them about adhering to rules,” added Corcoran Walsh. “It teaches them how to interact with people and actually start living.”







Teens from IYF learn invaluable life-skills during a recent field trip to Miami Dolphins Stadium

About Scott Brand:

Scott Brand works in the outreach department of Inspirations for Youth, one the nation’s leading Teen Adolescent Addiction Treatment Centers. He spends his time talking to the teens about their inspirational stories of recovery.



Posted in At-Risk Youth, Education, Independent Living Skills by craig.templeman at June 11th, 2014.

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