In the summer of 2011, Life Skills Village opened its doors with a mandate to revolutionize the neuro rehabilitation business. Our guiding principles emphasized helping people with brain injuries achieve a life of quality, purpose and fulfillment by regaining their independence. We began by treating them with dignity and providing opportunities to return to an independent lifestyle. Our transdisciplinary approach helped clients maintain focus on personal and social goals while guiding them successfully into the community. We adhered to evidence-based therapies and purposeful activities, so our clients could achieve positive functional outcomes. The Village environment allowed our clients to restore cognitive skills, self-regulate behaviors and improve overall independence in a supported, functional setting. Thanks to our talented clinical team, the many compassionate providers who partnered with us and our clients who worked so hard every day, we have more than a few success stories. On December 28th, we expect those success stories to multiply exponentially as Life Skills Village moves into a new, centrally-located and state-of-the-art 10,000 neuro rehab treatment center in Oak Park, Michigan.
The new Village vastly expands therapeutic opportunities for clients. Like our first Village, this will literally be a “community within the community,” a supported environment built to be both rehabilitative and social. But that’s where the similarities end. The cumulative experience and creativity of our therapists, administrators and clients have added up to a singularly unique treatment center that provides an unrivaled array of therapies and services to a much larger client population. From creating an inviting space that promotes socialization to organizing a micro-business incubator for clients to offering extracurricular social programs and therapies – the new Life Skills Village Treatment Center for TBI is designed to accelerate and intensify neuro rehab and recovery.
So what can Life Skills Village clients expect in January?
The outpatient community reintegration day program will function much as before – utilizing behaviorally-based therapies augmented by opportunities for clients to achieve their individual goals, develop and expand their knowledge base, hone their living skills and practice their social skills. Didactic sessions will continue to emphasize therapy for the client’s whole life: the mind, the body, social relationships and life in the community.
Concentrating on community reintegration, vocational development, socialization and reducing counterproductive behaviors, the new Village functions both individually for clients and collectively as a supported community. For example, a client with vocational goals may focus on reducing behaviors that prevent community integration, acquiring computer skills in the Library, practice customer service skills in the Village Market, receive psychological counseling and attend didactic sessions with other clients. Another client, with different vocational goals, might focus on developing a microbusiness in “Nine-to-Five,” the Village micro-business incubator and, afterwards, savor a lunch prepared by other clients in the Village Bistro or catch a movie in the client-run theater.
People with brain injuries who are not members of our day program are encouraged to spend a complimentary guest day at the Village to gauge their interest in our intensive neuro rehab program. They may also participate in individual therapies or other activities.
The Village will be open and available for clients to use both for treatment as a community within the community environment that includes:
The new Village will be open from 9am to 5pm for clients to attend individual therapies, events and even spend the day for respite. The outpatient day program will stay at the usual 12:30 - 4:30pm time. To accommodate the longer hours while continuing to provide respite and “mobile” therapy to clients, we have hired several new clinicians.
Beyond the day program, clients can participate in numerous extracurricular activities intended to reinforce existing therapies or function independently. These activities include:
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About the Doc
Dr. Bryan Weinstein is a practicing psychiatrist with certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has practiced psychiatric pharmacology and psychotherapy since 1997. Dr. Weinstein is the CEO of Life Skills Village.