VCS recognizes that young adults are unique in their strengths and challenges, and that each person can achieve their own particular balance of independence and obligations. For this reason, one of the main focuses of the program is to identify and acquire that healthy and productive - yet individualized - balance in school, work, recreation, and other interests. There is no “one-size-fits-all” plan for young adult life.
A young adult can truly learn and grow when given opportunities to make real-life decisions and to handle real-life consequences, whether they be positive or negative. VCS facilitates this process by providing a high level of clinical support and availability of services, but in an environment of increased independence. The student’s autonomy is the key to their growth and confidence.
VCS employs a full-time psychiatrist, graduate-level therapists, and a host of other administrative staff and young adult mentors. Together they create a strong, integrated network of professional experience and constant support.
Many young adult programs involve a therapeutic model of high containment in order to emphasize safety from real-world harms and distractions. While this is beneficial for the purposes of shielding a student from risk, it is also potentially harmful in its tendency to limit important learning opportunities for young adults that wish to function at a more independent level. By participating in a 3-phase system of progression during a period of 9 months, VCS clients are able to work at an individual pace through new levels of independence and responsibility.