Supervised Independent Living Services
Our supervised independent living services (SILS) is offered to young adults, ages 18 and older who enroll in our college preparatory intensive program that begins in mid-end of May and ends in early August. Some of our clients will transfer to their college campus after completion of the summer program or they may continue with us through the fall months for ongoing support.
This service is ideal for young adults who are prepared for and seeking support to live independently to be better prepared to live on their campus or local community where they are attending college. Their team of coaches meet them regularly at their apartment, near our central location, to support time management, morning routine, life management skills, and evening routine.
SILS is indicated for young adults who live near our location, or are willing to relocate to Boulder, Colorado which allows for a short walk to our location, shopping areas, hiking trails, and social and entertainment opportunities.
Young adults with the following difficulties/diagnoses often enroll in our summer intensive, SILS program:
- Social anxiety and/or performance anxiety issues with avoidance, especially social & academic avoidance
- Low self-confidence
- Autism spectrum disorder/Social communication disorder
- Slow processing speed
- Digital Media Overuse issues that interfere in their ability to manage college requirements or prevent them from enrolling in college, maintain social connection, and more.
- Have had a successful completion of intensive/residential treatment and they are seeking an aftercare program to prepare them to return to their college campus.
Our clients engage, and follow through with an individualized health and wellness plan, which includes, but is not limited to,
- Regular movement outdoors and indoors (e.g., hiking, walking, rock climbing, gym, etc.)
- They prepare and engage in college courses which include the college preparatory course included in the summer intensive program, Psychology 101. If indicated, they may also attend a course at CU-Boulder during the time they are at CCS.
- For some, obtaining employment or engaging in volunteer work is important to their core structure and improving a sense of competence and confidence.
- Taking driving lessons and earning the necessary practice and hours to obtain a driver’s license.
- Social support is a critical part of our services, which includes regular group activities and connection with interests in the community.
All young adults engaging in our SILS program receive an average of 15-20 hours per week of face-to-face coaching. The number of coaching hours for the initial month of services is determined after the assessment process is complete.
Activities and goals include:
- Executive function & academic coaching
- In-home life management & coaching support
- Transportation for grocery shopping, job searching, school-related functions, and social engagements (if needed).
- Summer social series & community connection activities
- Parent coaching support provided to the young adult’s parents
- Improved emotional regulation and coping, including reducing the use of escapist and avoidant behaviors, such as screen overuse, substance use, or other areas of concern.
- A core aspect of our services is to support the young adult’s understanding of their executive function limitations, learn and implement effective tools and resources, and receive consistent coaching to reinforce the practice of using the tools and resources.
- Our team of coaches excels in the areas of connecting the young adult with immediate support at their school, which promotes academic and life management success.
- Ongoing team collaboration to provide the best services possible for our clients. This includes regular team and individual supervision for team, collaboration meetings, ongoing communication with Educational Consultant (if needed), and regular communication with clients’ psychiatrist and therapist to ensure the best service for our clients.
- We guide and empower our clients to develop the important skills necessary for obtaining and maintaining employment. Our clients typically obtain employment within 45-60 days.
- Psychoeducational and Neuropsychological Testing. These assessments, provided by Dr. Nicole Hipp, evaluate underlying mental processes impacting educational, workplace achievement and life management abilities. To understand why a person achieves at a certain level, it is critical to measure various aspects of cognition using the tools of psychological measurement.
Note: This is an additional fee to the SILS/therapeutic coaching monthly cost.
Specialized Psychotherapy Services. Our affiliate companies, Strive Psychotherapy (general outpatient mental health) and Digital Media Treatment & Education Center (specialized treatment for digital media overuse and co-occurring factors) can be included during the course of the summer supported independent living program if indicated.
Note: Engage in these services is an additional fee to the SILS/therapeutic coaching monthly cost.