All Services are Adapted Collaboratively
Although the heroic journey is the story of being a teenager, it shows up differently for every teenager. Services will also need to be adapted to the nature and needs of each group or school because no two groups or schools will be the same. The methods of delivery will also need to be customized. Services can also be combined in creative ways.
NOTE: “Adapting” does not mean “starting from scratch.” Adapting does not take a lot of time or energy and it generates excitement at the possibilities that unfold very rapidly.
The services noted below are examples and they are really starting points for a conversation to customize the journey.
Scale and sustainability are both helped by “train the trainer” type engagements, so that is always an option.
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School Systems – Examples
Adapting with School Admin/Faculty
- Specific Critical Topics – for example bullying, suicide, thriving, staying healthy on the journey
- Orienting Students to Their Journey and How to Manage it
- Creating a Heroic Culture – a culture supporting the journey
- Counseling Programs – in general or specific topics
- Specific Courses/Classes/Teams/Clubs
- “Train the Trainers” – to get the desired scale as well as sustainability
Adapting with Parents/Families
- Orientation to the Teen Heroic Journey
- Parenting Pitfalls and Opportunities
- Partnering with Schools on Key Issues
Community Organizations – Examples
Youth Organizations, Faith Communities, Police/Criminal Justice
Adapt the THJ for Developmental Programs
- Thriving as a Teenager and Young Adult
- Helping/supporting peers on their journey
Adapt the THJ for Recovery Programs
- Specific Traumas
- From Surviving to Thriving
“Train the Trainers” – to get the desired scale as well as sustainability is also available for either developmental or recovery work.
Physicians – Examples
Teenagers are – by their very nature – tough complex patients who have a stunning number of shifting needs and vulnerabilities that physicians can address.
Every practice will have its unique nature and its unique challenges and opportunities. There are, however, some realities and best practices that are common and can be relied upon in customizing how a practice works with its teenagers – and their families.
There are three common areas of focus that can provide a great deal of opportunity for increasing the quality of care that can be provided to teenager patients.
Services must be designed collaboratively to take advantage of the opportunities in these three areas to (a) support teenage patients in taking on authorship of their lives and (b) counter the restrictions imposed by the current reimbursement systems.
1. Building and Maintaining Trust.
- Creating a “teen friendly” office – aligning the people & “the things”
- Clarifying the roles & commitments of teens, parents, physicians and others
- Creating channels of communication & connection
2. Creating a “Partners-in-Care” Relationship. Engaging teenagers in becoming the authors of their health in partnership with you.
- What to do Pre-visit (physicians & teens have different responsibilities)
- What to do during the visit (physicians take most of the responsibility)
- What to do post-visit (teens take most of the responsibility)
3. Influencing the System(s)
- Identifying and removing barriers in the healthcare organization and/or the community
- Positioning the practice in the community
- Establishing connections with others in the teenagers’ world