Most of the women who come to Rising Roads are asking the question, what next? The education and employment process is as individualized as our treatment. We have helped women get their GED, finish a thesis for graduate school, and everything in between. A lot of times it starts with the first steps of finding a couple of classes to take or getting a job in an area of interest. Don’t know what you’re interested in now? We have testing for that. Our comprehensive personality and interest testing helps our women choose the right “get well” job or the right classes to move them forward.
Many women who haven’t been able to keep a job or stay in school stay in a perpetuating cycle that often leads to feeling overwhelmed and then to relapse. Limiting beliefs of not feeling smart enough or capable enough lead to more experiences that lead our clients further down a shame spiral. We suggest our clients start with 1 to 2 classes instead of a full load. This is manageable and sets up our clients for success. They begin to see they can do it. They develop healthy study habits and time management. After a semester of doing well on a small scale they have the self-esteem to move forward into the bigger picture of their life.
The same can be said for starting in the workforce or coming back to it. Often referred to as “get well” jobs, our clients take a small step back into the working world. This usually starts as a part-time job but can be full-time. We have had clients work at coffee shops, farms, restaurants, day care, schools, boutiques and doctors office. Our team guides our women in resume building, job searching, and interview skills. Therapeutically we support them through fear and resistance. When the job begins, we are supporting with time management, financial management, and interpersonal work place challenges.