Summary of Services
- Age range: 13 years through adulthood
- Hours range: 6-12 hours per month
- Duration of services: dictated by need
- Locations of services: in home, in office, community settings, group format
- Areas served: Sacramento and surrounding regions (see ‘Services’ page for more information)
Adolescent & Adult Program
It is the goal of Maverick’s behaviorally-based treatment program to provide training and support related to socially significant areas of functioning for adolescents and adults. Treatment focuses on developing skills and reducing behaviors that interfere with everyday functioning in order to promote increased independence in the social environment and natural settings.
The client typically participates in between 2- 4 hours per week of behavioral therapy with the Program Manager, at the Maverick Administrative Office. During this time, the client and the Program Manager engage in focused activities related to teaching the objectives identified through the initial evaluation. However, therapy does not stop there. As an essential component to effective teaching; therapy also includes modeling, rehearsing, and immediate feedback. Therefore the client and Program Manager will also connect in the community, between 4-6 hours per month to practice the areas focused on during therapy sessions.
The following are areas where training and support could be provided:
- Daily living skills: activities of daily living that enhance a client’s ability to manage their own self-care, gain increased independence in their living environment, and ability to access the social community in order to achieve increased independence
- Leisure skills: activities related to leisure, are planned with the client and systematically taught, so to increase access to socially acceptable pleasurable activities. Leisure activities may take place in an individual or group setting, and can also be identified as useful skills which the client can enrich his/her experience in the daily living environment
- Vocational skills: essential skills necessary for entering the workplace are explored and activities to improve the client’s ability to find and maintain employment are trained
- Social relationships: the ability to read social cues and respond with appropriately are key components to improving social relationships. Activities focusing on how to more effectively identify, relate and respond to others, are addressed during therapy
- Planning and prioritizing: strategies to assist the client in planning, prioritizing, and maintaining one’s own daily schedule
- Environmental stressors and internal triggers: specific environmental stressors and client’s responses to those are systematically identified and discussed. Behavioral strategies are then incorporated in order to teach the client more positive coping strategies
In addition to individual therapy, this treatment model also allows behavioral services to be provided via a group format. The inclusion of the client into group behavioral treatment could be considered once the client has acquired skills to allow them to acclimate to a group format with greater comfort and ease. The Program Manager and the client would then discuss the appropriateness and expectation of participation in the group. This service model is beneficial in that it is a friendly and welcoming environment where client can begin to develop friendships, and actively utilize the skills they have been working on in individual therapy, while being able to access the support of the Program Manager during the group sessions.