We provide services that operate within a structured, safe and supportive environment, which adopts an abstinence approach. A core concept of Bayside Transformations Therapeutic Model is the use of the peer community to promote constructive social and psychological change in individual residents. Thus residents are highly involved in working with each other, on each other, and taking responsibility for charting their own progress. Both the initial and extended programs utilise individual counselling and group work to achieve its goals.
Group work encompasses educational, therapeutic and support groups addressing topics which include anger management, guilt, shame, social skills, assertiveness training, relapse prevention, nutrition etc. In addition to group work, each resident is assigned a counsellor/caseworker who is jointly responsible for tailoring interventions to the unique needs of the individual, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Issues associated with the criminal justice systems, family and community services, housing and other legal/financial matters will be be part of the Individual Traatment Plan.
The program is made up of four phases and the average duration of each stage is twelve weeks:
Assessment Phase: The initial stage is a four week period and is called Assessment Phase. This is where you are becoming familiar with your new environment. A time of limited interaction with the outside environment. A time of cutting off all ties to your old lifestyle. A time of being nurtured and supported to stay committed to the program. This is where you will be assigned a buddy to help you with questions and accountability. You will have access to Case Management dealing with Medical, Courts, Finances, and Family issues.
The program may seem overwhelming for you at the beginning, but as you settle into routine, it will become easier. You may experience your first encournter with the spritual component of the program, God and Christianity. You are not expected to believe, but to be respectful to the philosphy and belief system of the Christian Discipleship Activities. Shame and guilt from your past journey may begin to surface, and you are more than likely going to feel awkward, alien, experience grief, loss, and anxiety.
First Stage: The next phase is called the First Stage. This is where you are going to experience the benefits of a drug-free lifestyle gaining an understanding of basic human behaviours and developing life skills.
You will learn how to make informed choices about future treatment needs and options. Course work on issues such as relapse prevention, harms minimization, conflict resolution relaxation, mindfulness and being in the present, infectious diseases, basic nutrition, etc. Basic sessions on anger, shame, grief and loss, fear and guilt, self esteem etc.
The program requires you to keep yourself and your peers accountable through the awareness system, the assertion groups, community council and process group. This system helps you to find your confidence in conflict, and to confront others healthily and bring awareness to dysfunctional behaviours (this is a major part of the program as it brings a lot of unhealthy behaviours out in the open). Counselling is an option for you to access.
You are expected to participate in work therapy throughout your program. This builds new skills, adds to building your confidence, self worth and helps you understand organisation, structure, leadership, team work, and work ethics. You will be required to participate in all aspects of the program.
Second Stage: The emphasis during this stage is on emotional and spiritual growth with the support of other residents and staff: A time of increased feelings of self-worth, gaining self-confidence in decision-making and learning through consequential thinking. A time of restructuring lifestyles, developing healthy attitudes and activities and setting realistic goals.
It’s a time of exchanging false belief systems and learning Cognitive Behaviour Therapy through self regulating behaviour: It’s a time of addressing core issues including past trauma, grief, loss and shame: You will be required to do an inventory of your past mistakes and work through forgiveness for self and others. Its a time of assuming greater responsibility for personal recovery, involvement in the running of the Community and supporting "newcomers" to the program.
You are taken through a healthy optimal living course. Part of the course is to help you give up smoking. You will be required to give up smoking before you go into stage 3.
Third Stage: The third stage is where you take on a role of responsibility for the overall running of the program. Learn management and people skills. Learn Stress management and time management. You will learn and apply selfless behavior and identify and address power and control issues within your own behaviour and belief systems. This is also the phase when you begin the process of networking and discussing an exit plan with staff to move into transition phase. Family Counselling is available for you and your family.
Fourth stage: The fourth stage is called Transition and this is where you move into another house and have a supported structure for integration back to your place of work, family and career choices. Part of your coursework is learning boundaries. The boundary course and applying it is a crucial component of this stage.
The residents in this level of the program are required to;
Volunteer time in some area of Bayside Transformations;
Be actively seeking employment or vocational training;
Attend certain groups within the program;
Be actively participating in continued accountability with Staff and Mentors.
Continue to provide Urine tests.
Fifth Stage: The fifth level is GRADUATION. CONGRATULATIONS WILL BE CELEBRATED FOR YOUR HARD WORK. You will receive an Eagle Trophy when you graduate. “The Eagle Trophy conveys the power and messages of God's Spirit; God said that He carries out of bondage on the wings of an eagle. It is a person's connection to the God because it bestows freedom and courage to look to a new future.
Fifth Stage of program encourages you to continue to live in a supportive environment such as church, support networks such as AA/NA, mentors & healthy friends, maintain a clean and sober life, and become a positive influence in your community. By this time you should be into having positive relationships and healthy boundaries. You will be expected to have accountability plan. We encourage you to keep connected with healthy support in the community.