Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This page will address some of the questions that teenagers, young adults, parents, and carers have asked us. Is your question not in the FAQ? Please feel free to contact us at any time via our contact form or call +31 (0)85 02 01 222.

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 their 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 short-term and future impact. During treatment, the future is discussed extensively. How will you plan, spend and use your time? What are your goals in life? What do you 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 and individual sessions, fellows will challenge their 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 and 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 that it combines 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 are in the afternoon. Sports and outdoor activities supplement these sessions. 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 are also responsible for domestic chores and are always supervised by one or more staff members. Every evening ends with an end-of-day ceremony. This ritual is used to send and evaluate the day’s programme and communicate the next day’s programme.

Daily multi-disciplinary meetings ensure the youth coaches fully know our fellows’ development and progress. Sports and outdoor activities have therapeutic significance, so progress 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 essential 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 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 departure date, it must be valid for at least another eight months.

What do participants need to bring along for their 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 occurred for quite some time at work, school or a training/educational programme. Teachers and employers have noticed the issues and are generally very prepared to contribute to improving the situation. In many cases, they no longer know how to help or activate these young people. If necessary, Yes We Can Youth Clinics is prepared to provide the school or the employer with a written statement of attendance.

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If your question is still unanswered, please feel free to call us at +31 (0)85 02 01 222 or mail us via our contact form.

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