What is HOPE Academy?
The purpose of Hedwig House's HOPE Academy Program, is to assist individuals with serious and persistent mental illness and/or co-occuring substance abuse disorders. This objective is met through a five phase curriculum-based approach in which participants set and achieve personal goals in their Living, Learning, Working and Social environments. Multiple settings, including mobile, site-based and on-on-one instruction are provided in service delivery.
Central to HOPE Academy are the following beliefs:
* People with serious and persistent mental illness can recover.
* Recovery is defined by the individual.
* The value of self-determination is empowering.
* The right mixture of skills and support foster achievement.
How HOPE Academy Works:
Individuals participating in HOPE Academy chose a specific goal, such as moving from a residential program into an apartment. Through HOPE Academy, the specific consumer-chosen goal becomes the cornerstone of the service. HOPE Academy is entirely consumer-focused in the design and delivery of service. It also consists of five phases, each of which has its own timeframe for completion. These phases are:Phase 1: Readiness Assessment (approx. 1 month) Students spend time on self-discovery with the support of a practitioner. Phase 2: Readiness Development (approx. 1-6 months) Students increase skill sets and lay a strong foundation for change. Phase 3: Goal Choosing (approx. 1-6 months) Students learn the art of research and planning for their specific goal. Phase 4: Goal Achieving (approx. 3-9 months) This is where the rubber hits the road and students are supported in achieving their goals. Phase 5: Goal Keeping (approx. 1-3 months) Students are supported in working of the 'kinks' so they can remain successful and satified in their new role! **Students then graduate from HOPE Academy and are invited back as alumni.
As previously indicated, HOPE Academy is a focused, time-limited service. Individualized services are offered to participants once a week. Services are also offered in a group/class setting twice a week. Group sizes are limited, however, to allow for focused work among participants.
Referrals to HOPE Academy can be downloaded from this website at any time.
- Individuals should be between the ages of 18 - 30 years old.
- Reside in Montgomery County and be ready to work towards personal recovery.
- Have a primary diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Major Mood Disorder, Psychotic Disorder NOS, Schizoaffective Disorder, or Borderline Personality Disorder.
- Must demonstrate moderate to severe functional impairment in one or more life domains.Please contact Program Director, Anna Trout for additional information at 267-477-1070 or at email@example.com.