Life Skills Training for Young Men
The most important life skill we all need is the ability to have healthy relationships. Healthy relationship skills are about trust, honesty, communication, boundaries, and compromise. This sounds simple enough, but sometimes struggling young adults don’t see relationships in such black-and-white terms.
Young men who struggle with addiction issues often need help learning life skills such as problem-solving, effective communication skills, money management, time management, self-awareness and respect for personal boundaries. Life skills are regarded as being just as important as academics. At our BTMA Young Adult Life Skills Training program, we help young men learn more about themselves and the strengths and weaknesses they possess in many of these life skills areas.
For example, respect is a very important life skill every adult needs to cultivate to have healthy relationships. Respect comes in two forms – respect for self and respect for others. Although they may not appear to be connected, these two forms of respect are interconnected in several ways: For people to show respect to other people, animals, nature, their community, the environment, and the universe, they must have a deep respect for themselves. Without this respect for self, it becomes difficult to empathize with the plight of others.
Secondly, people are constantly attempting to balance their self-interests and the interests of others. And finally, a basic human value that individuals strive for is social interest, or the concern and respect for other people in the world and helping to build a better future for others. At Beartooth Mt. Ascent, our Young Adult Life Skills Training approach is based on Virtue formation. This helps the young men learn to respect the dignity and worth of every human being. This process often starts with learning how to respect and work with animals. When the young men are responsible for taking care of the feeding and watering of the livestock, for example, they experience first hand what it means to have another living being totally dependent on them to stay alive and thrive.
Growing Into a Complete Person
Our life skills training program is based around the idea that becoming a more balanced person will help each patient overcome behavioral problems in their life. The balance and personal completion that comes from our life skills training helps these young men develop the confidence and self-esteem. Here are some of the key aspects of our life skills training program that we focus on!
- Routine Management: An effective daily routine is an underrated tool in helping these young men overcome behavioral problems, as a routine that you go through each day helps build stability in a life that has been made chaotic by addiction and other issues. Routine management is done through careful planning and the development of time management skills.
- Social Skills: Building connection helps young men recover from addiction and other behavioral issues. Improving a patient’s social skills is a major aspect of our life skills training program, which helps them have better self-esteem, deal with stress, and enables them to communicate their thoughts and emotions in a productive way.
- Personal Skills: The meat and potatoes of life skills training is the improvement of basic skills and activities that are crucial to living independently, in today’s world. This means learning to eat well, have better hygiene, budget, and do chores that improve your daily cleanliness.
- Professional/Vocational Help: We help our patients discover what they are good at, and give them the personal skills to better seek out professional work when they are done with recovery, so that they can get rooted in financial stability.
What Makes a Relationship Healthy?
Our life skills training is centered around being concerned about others. The young men are given the opportunity to experience a greater sense of generosity, contribute to the well-being of others, and find joy in their sense of serving others.
Our goal is to help every young adult in our catholic addiction recovery program learn to appreciate how great it feels to serve others. Whether their service is directed to the community (or world), is found through formal organizations, or through informal involvement in social issues, the participants are learning to serve others, and discover who they are and what their unique gifts are. Pope John Paul understood the importance of this vital life skill of serving others, and captured this principle in this statement ” One can only discover who they truly are, by giving the sincere gift of themselves for the good of others”.
What To Expect in Treatment Program
While at Beartooth Mt. Ascent, we will help participants learn more about themselves and the skills that they possess (and those they need to learn) in order to be of service to other people and make a contribution to the welfare of others. They will learn about the importance of these skills in developing personal and professional success.
The following five areas are the important life skills we want to impart to the young adults in our program: Being respectful of myself, being respectful to others, being generous, being kind to the universe, and being a servant to others in need. Helping young adults develop healthy relationship & life skills can help them interact positively with others as they mature.
Here are the skills that we will work on with the young men during their stay at Beartooth Mt. Ascent:
- Healthy Communication Skills: We are here to help each young men develop and maintain healthy relationships through these specific skills.
- Respect: showing consideration for the feelings and well-being of the other person.
- Anger Management: dealing with anger in positive, non-violent ways.
- Problem Solving: knowing how to break problems down, find possible solutions, and consider the likely outcomes for each solution.
- Negotiation and Compromise: turning problems into “win-win” situations in which each partner gets some of what he or she wants.
- Assertiveness -Not Aggression: asking for what one wants clearly and respectfully, without threats, intimidation, or physical force. Assertive communication means respecting the rights of others, as well as your own rights.
CALL FOR HELP TODAY!
If you know of a young man who struggles with addiction or other behavioral issues, then don’t hesitate to give us a call today! At Beartooth Mt. Ascent, we help young men reach their fullest potential, and establish a foundation of character that will support them for a lifetime.