“A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you’re in and take advantage of it.”Nikki Giovanni
Here at Ironwood, we experience all different types of transitions. Some of the most significant transitions are initially joining the program, going from Frye to the Farmhouse, and from the Farmhouse to the Lakehouse. When coming up to the Farmhouse, you are greeted on the hill by a mentor that helps guide you through the initial change. Your mentor provides you with information, advice, and support while you adjust to the new surroundings and daily routine.
When reaching Level Four, some residents transition to the Lakehouse. Here, these residents practice a more independent lifestyle to help them with their transition to life outside of the program. At both the Farmhouse ad Lakehouse, there is a two week orientation that allows you to settle into the environment. Residents learn about the privileges and expectations of their new campus.
It is important that we practice our transition skills while we have the opportunity. Throughout life, we are going to face many changes that are sometimes difficult to adjust to. Whether it is a new school, home, job, or another alteration to your life, learning how to cope with transitions and stay strong takes practice and resilience. The Ironwood environment provides the ideal support and guidance during these times. This helps us ease into whatever situations come our way in the future.
*This week’s upper campus author has just made the move to our Lakehouse and she is at the midway point of her orientation. These periods can be intimidating and we so often see confidence that follows, as the resident conquers their concerns (and even fears) of the unknown. The Ironwood environment offers our teens a place of “safe struggle” and this practice field is an ideal place to develop skills of endurance that can last a lifetime.
Have a great weekend and take good care of yourselves!