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. These may include supporting residents while they address issues associated with the criminal justice systems, family and community services, housing and other legal/financial matters that may arise.
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 two week period and is called Assessment Phase. This is where the new Residents are becoming familiar with their new environment. A time of no interaction with the outside environment. A time of cutting off all ties to their old lifestyle. A time of being nurtured and supported to stay committed to the program. This is where the new resident will be assigned a senior resident for accountability wherever they go.
The program may seem overwhelming from all what will be expected of them. They may also experience their first encounter with the spritual component of the program, God and Christianity. It usually takes a few weeks to settle in and get used to how the program functions. They 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 Residents are: Experiencing the benefits of a drug-free and victorious lifestyle gaining an understanding of basic human behaviours and developing life skills. They will be case managed in regards to their medical, court, children and any other needs.
They learn how to make informed choices about future treatment needs and options. Education 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 them to keep their peers accountable through the awareness tickets, the assertions groups and issues group. This helps the resident to confront others healthily and brings awareness to dysfunctional behaviours (this is a major part of the program as it brings a lot of unhealthy behaviours out in the open).
The men and women are expected to participate in work therapy throughout their program. This builds new skills, adds to building their confidence, self worth and helps them understand organisation, structure, leadership, team work, and work ethics. They will be required to participate in all aspects of the program.
Second Stage: During the second stage of the program residents continue their recovery in a physical sense. 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: They will be required to inventory of their 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.
They are taken through a healthy optimal living course. Part of the course is to help them give up smoking. They will be required to give up smoking before they go into stage 3.
Third Stage: The third stage is where the residents in this level: Take on a role of responsibility for the overall running of the program. Learn management and people skills. Learn Stress management and time management. They learn selfless behavior and identify and address Power and Control issues within their behaviour and belief systems. This is also the phase when residents begin the process of networking and discussing an exit plan with staff to move into transition phase. Family Counselling is available for the resident and their families.
Fourth stage: The fourth stage is called Transition and this is where the residents move into another house and have a supported structure for integration back to the outside world. Part of their course 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. All residents receive an Eagle Trophy once they have graduated. “The Eagle conveys the powers and messages of His Spirit; God said that He carries out of bondage on the wings of an eagle. It is man's connection to the God because it bestows freedom and courage to look to a new future. Fifth Stage of program encourages for the resident to continue to live in a supportive environment such as church, mentors & healthy friends, maintain a clean and sober life, and be a positive influence in the community. Positive relationships and healthy boundaries are in place. They will be expected to have accountability plan. We encourage them to keep connected with healthy support in the community.