The mission of our program is to help struggling young adults on the path towards independence and autonomy. Achieving this goal isn't easy, and requires a comprehensive whole-person approach that provides an opportunity to both learn and practice the skills that lead to independent living.
Therapeutic work is the foundation of the Cornerstones program. It is the primary way we support our residents as they work to surmount the obstacles that have prevented their success in the past. To this end, we utilize the immersive therapeutic milieu, which puts our clinical staff in the home with our residents throughout the day. This facilitates transformative therapeutic work as our therapists have the opportunity to truly understand our residents and how they experience themselves and the world.
The experiential model is the core methodology that innervates every aspect of the Cornerstones program. It can be found everywhere, from our clinical work to our executive functioning training. We believe that growth requires more than didactics. It requires learning through practice. At Cornerstones we have put together a program that requires our residents to engage in the daily practice of managing the organization and responsibilities that come with living independently. This provides the foundation for independent living and autonomy.
At Cornerstones we believe that the fundamentals are not necessarily enough, and we offer diverse avenues towards emotional and interpersonal growth and character building. We have worked to create a program that is holistic in that it aids our residents on the path towards a meaningful life by including additional opportunities alongside work and school. That's why we incorporate exercise, meditation, yoga, nutrition, volunteering, and artistic expression into our core program. We feel that these are necessary components to building a resilient and fulfilling life.
Additionally, our program is designed to be resident centered. What this means is that the program meets each resident where they are, and grows with them as they grow. In practical terms this means that the average resident usually starts out with a fairly structured program that is collaboratively developed by a resident and staff. As a resident works their way through the program, they become increasingly independent and program structure begins to decrease as a resident builds their own structure.
Below are links to pages that further describe our core program elements.