The Value of All-Girls’ Aftercare
Even young women who have had a successful adolescent treatment experience can be overwhelmed by the transition to college, career, and independence. Some drop out of college, others fail to launch, and many “boomerang” back to their parents’ care again and again.
All-girls’*aftercare programs can provide a bridge between adolescent treatment and college, career, and independence. To ensure that young women can confidently transition from adolescence to young adulthood, be sure that they have support in the following key areas:
- Academics, including accredited high school and college coursework, learning support, and equivalency tests
- Vocational preparation and work experience
- Experiential life-skills training
- Continuing treatment
*Why All Girls? All-girls’ treatment programs can accelerate and shorten the treatment process. This is particularly important for young women who have fallen behind in their journey toward independence due to longstanding emotional and behavioral problems.
All-girls’ treatment (as opposed to co-educational treatment) has been shown to facilitate emotional engagement, verbal confidence, and self advocacy—critical elements for preparing young women for independence.