Life Skills Training for Young Men
Proper life skills are vitally important to the emotional and mental development of young men transitioning into adulthood. Without them, teens lack the chances to closely see important aspects of trust, honesty, communication, boundaries, and compromise as they exist in a person to person basis. We would even go as far as to say that without certain life skills it becomes increasingly difficult for any young person to live a full, happy, and engaged life. But what do we consider life skills and how can we teach struggling youth about their complicities while they’re in our care?
Beartooth Mountain Ascent: Life Skills Training Program
Young men struggling from emotional issues, mental illness, and addiction issues have likely lost sight of the life skills they learned in adolescence. Others may not have even begun to learn these skills at all. What life skills are important for every person to know, regardless of age?
- Respect & Building Healthy Relationships
These two fundamental principles of life help to build upon countless other life skills necessary for not only survival but happiness. Skills like:
- Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Money Management
- Time Management
- Personal Boundaries
These skills should be regarded as important as academics. This is why we make it a point to teach the above life skills, as well as other skills, in our Young Adult Life Skills Training Program. In this program, we can help young men learn more about themselves, others around them, the strengths and weaknesses they possess, and much more.
A New Way of Being
Where do we begin when teaching life skills? Many of the skills listed above are taught over time. It takes time to develop self-awareness and an understanding of healthy boundaries. Time management, money management, and effective communication come from practice and persistence. Before we can teach any individual important life skills, we first have to establish respect. By cultivating respect, we can reach these young men on a level that they might not have aware they even have. By gaining respect and teaching it, we can show these young men that respect comes in two forms:
- Respect for oneself
- Respect for those around you
Respect is the foundation of much of the emotional and physical work they’ll do here at Beartooth Mt. Ascent. Although these teens may not immediately see how these two forms of respect are necessary for all other learning, over time, they will start to see how respect in various forms is interconnected. By showing respect for others, the animals they care for on the ranch, the natural environment around them, and the universe, they will eventually gain a deeper respect for themselves. Without respect, its difficult and often impossible to empathize with others, seek personal knowledge, and continue to develop other important life skills.
Over time, once respect has become further established, it’s easier to show these young men how to build up healthy relationships and understand when relationships either need work or are unhealthy. To help them build a better future for themselves, they will learn to develop ways to balance their self-interest and needs with the interest and needs of those they interact with. By creating a pathway to greater social interactions, teens learn new and better ways to communicate, problem-solve with others, and be a teammate versus a disinterested individual.
Becoming 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 help these young men develop confidence, self-esteem, and so much more. What do we focus over a day in the life skills training program?
- Routine Management: A daily routine is a highly effective tool to help young men overcome various behavioral issues. Routines build stability in a life that has otherwise been chaotic through addiction and emotional issues. Through careful planning and the development of time management skills, we can show young men the importance of rituals and routine.
- Social Skills: Every day in the program is a day to build connections. Improving a teen’s social skills is a major aspect of long-lasting recovery. It helps them build self-esteem, cope with stress, effectively communicate their needs and feelings, and listen actively to those around them.
- Personal Skills: The very foundation of life skills training is the improvement of the basic skills and activities that are crucial to living an independent and productive life. Eating well, better hygiene, managing money, and general activeness are all skills we try to instill in teens before they leave us.
- Professional & Vocational Skills: Each day in the program is a day we can help these young men discover what they’re good at, and what they have a passion for. By giving them the personal skills to effectively seek out professional work after they’ve finished recovery, each teen can transition back into their life with relative ease. They can choose to seek financial independence, the stability of work, and productivity in their lives.
- Communication: Every day will be filled with opportunities to communicate. Effective communication is difficult at first, but over time, teens will develop new ways to seek out respectful conversations, expressing themselves in healthy ways.
- Anger Management: Many young men come to use with severe anger issues. We understand that developing ways to coop with anger and aggressive thoughts and behaviors is a skill that needs to be cultivated. We work on helping teens discover how to process their emotions without using physical or verbal violence.
- Negotiation & Compromise: Most teens with emotional problems aren’t able to understand the value of negotiating and compromising. By working in our ranch, they’ll quickly learn how to use both to create “win-win” situations with their peers.
Learning From God
Unlike many other life skills programs, our Catholic-based addiction recovery program is meant to use God and his teachings to help each teen gain a greater understanding of:
Our ultimate goal is to not only give each teen fundamental life skills but instill in them the appreciation of Christian life. Whether this means showing generosity, contributing to their community, or serving others with joy. Pope John Paul understood the importance of vital life skill, and the importance of serving others over yourself only. He captured this principle in his statement
”One can only discover who they truly are, by giving the sincere gift of themselves for the good of others”.
What They Gain
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 better serve others, know themselves, and find personal success. The following five areas are the important life skills we want to impart to the young adults in our program:
- A deeper understanding of respect and the connections it has to all things in life.
- The nature of generosity and kindness in relationships.
- Positive interactions with mentors, peers, loved ones, and the environment around them.
CALL FOR HELP TODAY!
If you know of a young man who struggles with addiction or other behavioral issues, don’t hesitate to give us a call today. We understand how difficult it is to take this first step, but the greatest thing you can do for your son or loved one is to give them a second chance to learn the skills that will keep them safe, healthy, and happy as they continue through their adolescence. At Beartooth Mt. Ascent, we help can help your teen reach their fullest potential, and establish a foundation of character that will support them for a lifetime.