Intensive Home-based Recovery Teams
The Windhorse approach is a multilayered and comprehensive. Our approach, is is individually tailored for each client and attends to the needs of the whole person. This approach also includes, whenever possible, the voice and needs of the client’s family. Recovery teams can be comprised of a small number of clinicians as well as a more fully developed situation that can include a Team Supervisor, Psychotherapist, Team Leader, Assistant Team Leader, Basic Attenders, and Housemate.
Windhorse Environmental Therapy looks like the following: a client lives in a house with a housemate who is part of a treatment team. Their relationship resembles that of ordinary housemates. There may be a number of clinicians on the team who spend time with the client on a regular basis, creating a schedule of generally one “shift” per day or more. Within that contact, a wide variety of activities takes place, from keeping the house in order to supporting them to connect with their interests in the world. These activities are elements of an individually tailored environment so that the person can live in an ordinary and healthy way, with good relationships and meaningful activities. The client may work, see friends and family, and be part of the greater community in which they live. They may meet with a psychotherapist, usually twice a week, and with a psychiatrist if they use medications. There are various meetings that all members of the team, including the client and their family, participate in. These meetings allow the activity of the treatment team to be a collaboration which coordinates the evolving recovery needs of client, family and staff.
Our highly trained and licensed clinicians provide Windhorse intensive psychotherapy services. There are situations when a client has a already established relationship with a local therapist or provider; the team will collaborate with them. Windhorse Intensive Psychotherapists are fully trained in the Windhorse approach, completing a two-year in-house Windhorse Intensive Psychotherapy training as well as having experience being a basic attender and team leader.
Our essential clinical practice for integrating a person within their environment is “basic attendance.” This is a subtle combination of being present with the person; while offering the skill and understanding of a therapist and the warmth and empathy of a friend. It involves engaging with the person in ordinary activities of daily living. We provide support to the client in attending to challenging tasks and activities along with expanding into areas of interest. There is ongoing attention to synchronizing a persons daily rhythms and habits as a way to furthering personal awareness. A basic attendance shift is usually two to three hours in length with the intention to 1) help the client to relax; 2) increase the client’s level of individual resourcefulness and responsibility; and 3) expand the client’s community of social relations.
Single Clinician Teams
WCS provides an array of individually tailored treatment teams arranging from large to small. Our clinician works within the client’s home and within the community to provide flexible support. This support includes addressing the person’s physical health and wellbeing, their domestic needs, as well as their social and community interests. Other areas of support include school, meaningful work and volunteering. Basic attendance also helps the individual develop insight and awareness so that their mind can become an ally in their healing and recovery process.
Medication Coordination and Home Delivery
For clients in need of assistance with medications, WCS offers medication coordination within the team constellation as well as bringing in outside support to ensure tailored medication management.
Consultations – Local and Long-distance
WCS provides consultations to individuals and families, both locally and long-distance. We are available to answer your questions, and provide ongoing consultation should circumstances warrant it. Consultations can occur via individual and conference calls, or through skype. We also partner with existing and/or referral health care professionals to ensure an integrated recovery environment that supports therapeutic goals.
Evaluation and Referral
Through our admissions process, an evaluation of the presenting situation occurs. Upon the completion of an evaluation and admissions summary, the client/family and admissions clinicians will determine if a Windhorse therapeutic team is an appropriate fit. When the situation requires a different recovery program than a Windhorse approach, the admissions team will assist the client and family with referral information.
For clients and families with limited resources or for the client who may not have the means to move to Boulder to set up a therapeutic situation, WCS can assist by helping assess what resources exist in the client’s community. These might include friends, family members, co-workers, and others from their local communities that can provide support and connection to promote the recovery process. WCS can provide an orientation and training for these individuals in the Windhorse approach.