Programme

Contact with your family/partner at home

Practical information

What can I expect from Yes We Can Youth Clinics?

Yes We Can Youth Clinics is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience. Fellows follow an intensive and demanding 71-day programme (and ideally 4+ weeks of aftercare), focused on his or her problem. The team responsible for the treatment will do everything it takes to help them realise a permanent change in life. They learn everything they need to know about the nature and functioning of their behaviour and its impact in the short term and in the future. During treatment, the future is discussed extensively. How will you plan, spend and use your time? What are your goals in life? What to do when you face difficulties? Together with our fellows, Yes We Can Youth Clinics will search for answers to all these questions.

Besides the many group sessions and individual sessions, fellows will challenge their own capabilities by participating in intensive daily sports and outdoor activities. These activities focus on responsibility, respect, setting personal boundaries, discipline and team-building. Our teens and young adults practice their social skills and learn to develop new close friendships. In addition, they learn to recognise self-destructive patterns. Through various challenging activities, participating in group and intensive individual therapy sessions, fellows strengthen their sense of self-esteem and their self-destructive behaviour will gradually disappear.

How intensive is the treatment?

The unique aspect of Yes We Can Youth Clinics is the combination of intensive therapy, sports and outdoor activities. Structure is provided constantly, in a personal, warm manner in which our fellows discover the nature of their behavioural problems. Group sessions are organised in the morning and individual sessions in the afternoon, supplemented by sports and outdoor activities. Regularly, experts by experience are invited to share their life stories. These stories, which can be intense and powerful, inspire our fellows to think, reflect and face the consequences of their behaviour. Fellows also are responsible for domestic chores, always supervised by one or more members of staff. Every evening ends with an end-of-day ceremony. This ritual is used to end and evaluate the day programme and to communicate the programme of the next day.

Daily multi-disciplinary meeting ensures that the youth coaches are also fully aware of our fellows’ development and progress. The sports and outdoor activities have a therapeutic significance, so progress also is reported to the entire team daily.

What does a typical day look like?

Yes We Can Youth Clinics offers the following day programme: (programmes may differ)

06.45 Start of the day
07:00 – 07:30 Sports
07:30 – 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 – 09:30 Domestic chores
09.30 – 12.30 Group sessions
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 17.30 Individual sessions and sports/outdoor activities
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner
19.30 – 21.00 Psycho-education
21.00 – 22.30 End-of-the-day closing ritual with the entire group

Can I come and join my brother, sister, friend or girlfriend?

No, we do not encourage this. An important part of Yes We Can Youth Clinics is the group process. Whenever there are group members that know each other, subgroups soon develop. Not only could this be irritating or bothersome to the rest of the group, but it may also be harmful to these group members themselves. We offer a ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to start with a clean slate and develop new, healthy relationships during the programme.

How can we as parents/carers/partner stay in touch with the participant?

During the 10-week programme, you can stay in touch with your child or partner. This will be explained to you during the intake interview. As a parent/carer, you will always receive an emergency number that can be reached at all times (24 hours a day).

Will it be possible to phone home?

Yes, but this will always be done in consultation with the personal counsellor.

Does the participant need insurance?

It is your own responsibility to take out cancellation insurance. Participants are obliged to take out their own travel insurance (possibly together with a cancellation insurance).

Do participants need to have a passport/ID card?

Yes, every participant has to have a valid passport/ID card. At the date of departure, it needs to be valid for at least another eight months.

What does a participant need to bring along for his or her stay?

Our packing checklist will be supplied to you after registration.

How can the participant arrange a leave of absence from school/educational or training programmes/work?

In many cases, problems have been occurring for quite some time at work, at school or at a training/educational programme. Teachers and employers have noticed the problems and are generally very prepared to contribute to improving the situation. In many cases, they do not know how to help or activate these young people anymore. If necessary, Yes We Can Youth Clinics is prepared to provide school or the employer with a written statement of attendance.