Theories to Support the Work
Beyond a basic intake, the first response is to ensure that the youth has something to eat, clothes to wear and is able to get some rest. Discussions and planning about next steps occur a couple days later after the immediate basic needs have been met.
The youth can stay in the crisis/shelter program and begin to develop a day plan that includes employment, education or addressing mental health or addictions issues. Moving into the Rights of Passage programs moves them further up Maslow’s hierarchy by giving them more than just safety and security but also a sense of belonging. The life skills training and support provided by staff help them move through other stages as well.