Yes We Can Youth Clinics is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience. The life of our fellow may change profoundly. To achieve this, fellows will follow an intensive and demanding 71-day programme (and ideally a minimum of 4 weeks residential 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.
Sports and Outdoor Activities
Besides the many group and individual therapy 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.
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. Every week, 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 closing ceremony. This ritual is used to end and evaluate the day programme and to communicate the programme for the next day. Daily multi-disciplinary meetings ensure 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 daily to the entire team.