Maybe you’ve noticed that he’s depressed or anxious and struggling to come to grips with his illness. He may have run into trouble at school, or even with the law. And consequences don’t seem to matter—he keeps on engaging in self-destructive behaviors. Whatever’s going on, there don’t seem to be any answers.
Making it real
Causeway’s Therapeutic Mentorship program is real world stuff. It’s experience-based therapy that happens outside Causeway’s four walls. A Therapeutic Mentor will build trust with your son. The Mentor will walk him to the door as he applies for jobs, visits local schools to sign up for courses, and juggles new responsibilities. Causeway Mentors offer real-time feedback, and model habits and behaviors that help clients move through everyday challenges effectively. And the Mentor offers the broader team at the office insights that bring our services more in line with your son’s practical needs.
It’s not all hard work.
Your son will learn wellness practices, work on independent living skills, and build interpersonal abilities that lead to a healthier social life. But our approach also draws on recreation. We incorporate fun stuff like music-making, sports, weightlifting, and art creation to boost well-being and balance.
But that’s just the beginning. Causeway takes it out of the office. We walk your son through real world scenarios, so he can put what he’s learned into practice. A Causeway mentor will accompany your son into the community, in situations that create stress. The mentor acts as the eyes and ears of the treatment team. The discoveries that he and your son make together will help the team develop strategies to empower your son as he navigates future challenges.
“I would absolutely recommend Causeway to anyone who needs help with their future. Without the help of Justin and Dave, I wouldn’t be living on my own right now, nor would I have the skills to secure my future.”
“Causeway Collaborative helped save my sons life. He was struggling with addiction and they helped us realize this and come up with a plan for him. We couldn’t have done this without CC.”
“Causeway’s therapists understand their clients are are very relatable. The coaching aspect is hands-on and tailored to the client. My personal experience as a mother of a client has been wonderful. Not only is my son supported, but I feel supported as well.”
Mentorship is a Causeway community-based service. It provides real-world exposure and builds real-life experiences for your son. Our Mentors model behavior and teach him how to execute tasks and approach a vast array of circumstances as he encounters them in the community. In walking beside your son outside the office walls, his Causeway Mentor functions as the eyes and ears of the treatment team.
A good Mentor becomes an indispensable force in your son’s life. Mentors are teachers, coaches, confidants, and role models. By nature, a Causeway Mentor is flexible, trustworthy, reliable, and responsive. Your son’s Mentor should be the guy that he calls first when his girlfriend breaks up with him, when he’s stuck on the side of the road, when he’s got a question about his workout on shoulder day, or what the name of that Jimi Hendrix song was that he was listening to during last week’s session. Once this relationship has developed, anything is in bounds between your son and his Mentor.