Life Skills for Independent Living

Our Life Skills Program for Adults

While at Penrith Farms, young adults will learn a great number of psychosocial skills.  These skills will give young adults the capability to meet the demands of modern adulthood.  Students will learn these skills through direct experience when they engage with the Penrith Community.  We develop psychosocial skills in our life skills program for adults by encouraging positive behavior rather than stopping the bad.  As a result, the community interplay of personalities will produce positive outcomes in most young adults.

With the help of the counselors at our life skills program for adults, students will identify their core psychosocial issues.  Therefore young adults are responsible for identifying their issues with the counselor only providing guidance.  Then the young adult and their counselor will begin working together to create a draft plan of action, resolve their issues, and create milestones to mark their progress.  During the their stay, we will: evaluate progress in resolving issues, determine if any new issues developed, decide what to work on, and then update the plan.  As a result, with a newfound confidence, the student will begin finalizing their plan for independent living as an adult.

A New Model

Students at Penrith Farms will learn how to adapt & the positive habits necessary for life demands and challenges.  They will learn to adapt to a new set of social norms that will conflict with their current set.  We will achieve this through role-modeling which is more effective in changing behaviors than prevention.  The idea is to encourage young adults to want to behave in a particular way not to prevent them from behaving.

At Penrith Farms our goal is to graduate clients who possess character, confidence, resiliency, self-esteem, and emotional intelligence.  The staff at our life skills program for adults will teach these skills daily through interaction.  Furthermore this daily interaction will introduce young adults to interpersonal communication where they must communicate their needs and their challenges to staff.  To sum up, young adults will be instructed on proper communication & our staff will provide the mentorship, and classroom instruction necessary for the residents to build confidence in their ability to succeed in an increasingly competitive society.

What kind of skills?

Essential Life Skills:

Decision Making
Problem Solving
Creative Thinking
Critical Thinking
Effective Communication
Interpersonal Relationships
Self Awareness and Mindfulness
Assertiveness
Empathy for and Helping Others
Equanimity
Coping with Stress, Trauma and Loss
Resilience

Our Life Skills Program for Adults offers young adults the chance to learn the essential life & communication skills that they need to live and excel in today’s world. Young Adults learn basic subjects and skills such as:

Lifestyle includes personal hygiene, cooking meals, cleaning a kitchen, and washing clothes. It also, includes car upkeep, finding a place to live, and food shopping.

Communication will teach basic manners, dating and relationships, interpersonal communications, workplace communication.

Personal Development covers stress management, anger management, self-esteem, conflict resolution, the importance of family, and the impacts of lying and disrespect.

Nutrition will help teach proper diet and food handling.

Money Management focuses on managing money, filing taxes, borrowing money, credit, financial assistance for education, and checking and savings accounts.

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