Practical Living Concept
For those that work in this field, the most frustrating and
saddening factor is to have a child do everything that is asked of
them, then have them go home, and it all falls apart. This is
devastating to the child and most girls don't understand what
happened and often blame themselves. In an effort to combat this,
Beacon Home implements the Practical Living Concept.
PLC is the idea that sensible, good choices take
practice to become a consistent part of daily life. Learning to cope
is just that, a learning experience and takes exploration and yes,
sometimes, failure. Taking away a child's ability to make a bad
choice strips them of the chance to learn from it, fix it, and know
how to carry on after it. For the girls that are headed to living
alone with a small or non-existent support system, or the ones
headed back to an environment that may not have changed all that
much, the ability to make mistakes and learn from them is essential
to how well they will do on their own.
During their stay with us, as they build trust and a
toolbox of coping skills, they also earn the chance to show what
they have learned and how well they will use it. By allowing them to
take controlled risks we encourage them to think critically and
responsibly and give them a safety net if they make a choice that
isn't in their best interest.
Part of the coping skills that we teach at Beacon
Home is how to right wrongs, understand our choices and how to get
up with our heads held high after a fall. Nobody can create "happily
ever after", but we can hope for "better for always". The goal of
PLC is to have the child want to produce consistent sustainable
results rather than strive for unrealistic perfection that will lead
to the destruction of self-esteem .