Our goal at Future Builders School is to help teens and young adults develop the mental wellness necessary for building healthy lifestyle habits that contribute to a meaningful life. Mental wellness encompasses the overall health of human beings including emotional, physical, and social wellbeing. Wellbeing is not inherent, but instead, takes effort and time to practice habits and activities that support it.
Pre-teens, teens, and young adults require good mental wellness for optimum development. At Future Builders, we focus on helping our students feel confident in themselves, develop a sense of achievement, and develop healthy relationships. They accomplish this through participating in: physical activities, understanding the importance of a healthy diet, getting involved in social activities, learning to relax from life stressors, learning the importance of a good night’s sleep, and feeling a place of belonging at school and in their communities. Our goal is to provide a student centered curriculum that addresses the whole person: mental, physical, and emotional. The clinical staff at Future Builders offer a variety of counseling approaches including traditional relational and talk therapy as well as experiential group counseling and neuromodulation technologies. We integrate a variety of evidence based therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and acceptance and commitment therapy into our clinical approach.
More and more studies have found that physical health is an essential component to mental health. A major focus of the Future Builders clinical services is to help your child build and maintain emotional and physical health through keeping active and finding positive social outlets. Physical fitness will help students stay healthy, have more positive energy, feel confident, manage stress, and sleep better at night. They will also learn the importance of healthy eating habits, as well as receive education on the dangers of alcohol and drug use.
During experiential group work, students are faced with a challenging group curriculum designed to diminish defensiveness, build confidence, and teach cooperation and teamwork, while promoting a sense of accomplishment. Within a safe and supportive group environment, students will work together to learn the basic skills of self-esteem, communication, emotional regulation, problem solving, empathy, and leadership. These are the foundations of social and emotional development and competence, which has been identified as a major predictor of success. Students will also focus on building employment skills, attend to physical and emotional self-care, build communication and critical thinking skills, and learn to be accountable for their actions and choices.
With the understanding that teens and young adults face a number of psychosocial stressors in our society, our clinical approach incorporates Mindfulness-based interventions to help students learn skills to manage any of the challenges they may be facing. This approach is designed to help students live more fully in the present moment while focusing attention and awareness on thoughts and feelings that are generated during the situations they face. Mindfulness teaches individuals to breathe correctly while focusing on what’s happening in the here and now. While focusing on breathing and remaining present, our students will be more able to gain awareness into the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that, in turn, allow them to make wiser and more resourceful responses.
Please do not hesitate to contact Patrick Young, M.Ed., M.S., LCPC, CADC to obtain further information.