Key Mentoring Program is an individualized therapeutic support mentoring service for people aged 13-35 of Los Angeles, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Westwood, Pacific Palisades, or Beverly Hills that operates outside the box of traditional therapeutic solutions. Key Transitions provide one-on-one customized care as unique as our clients. We do this by pairing clients with a mentor who uniquely understands their lived experience and helps provide better strategies to address life’s challenges.
Adolescent Mentoring Program
A mentor plays a critical role in helping someone achieve their goals and influence their success. At Key Transitions, our mentors guarantee that our clients are not alone in dealing with day-to-day or long-term challenges and that someone is there to guide them who understands their unique situation. Furthermore, we empower our clients to build self-esteem and lead productive lives.
We match mentors and mentees based on their background, shared interests, personality style, lived experience and relevant training. Mentors meet with mentees at-home and in the community to achieve goals, build self-esteem, and provide support in real time as issues present themselves.
From helping a client with homework, working together to build a resume, taking a client surfing, or practicing DBT skills at a coffee shop, we help clients live a more fulfilling lifestyle and develop self-sufficiency with our therapeutic mentoring program.
Key Mentoring is a program that provides hands-on therapeutic support for clients who may be struggling with their mental health, substance use, and failure to launch. Key Mentoring also provides tailored services and support to the needs of adolescents and young adults with autism and autism spectrum disorders. Mentoring involves one-on-one sessions with our therapeutic mentors out in the community doing therapeutic mentoring activities that help our clients learn to improve their mental health and overall well-being. Mentoring is designed to assist clients in integrating the tools they’ve learned in therapy or treatment into their real lives daily. Our mentors collaborate with each client’s therapist and act as an additional action arm to therapy. By helping clients get out of the house, develop meaningful connections with someone they can relate to, have lived a similar experience, and find healthy outlets for them to engage in.
Mentoring helps in improving a client’s mental health and overall way of living. It is designed to provide an advocate for clients, someone who uniquely understands what it is like to live in the client’s shoes and help clients improve their life skills to improve their quality of life. The beauty of mentoring is that we can customize the program to meet each client’s unique needs. We can provide whatever level of support needed that most seamlessly fits into their schedule, from 4 hours per week after school or work to 24/7 live-in support; mentoring is designed to support clients regardless of their circumstances and needs.
We at Key Transitions work with all genders, typically from the ages of 13-30, but can help older or younger clients as well if we determine our mentoring program would effectively improve their lives. We support clients who struggle with mental health, substance abuse, and/or failure to launch issues, often with co-occurring or dual diagnoses. We help a wide range of clients in unique circumstances, from the freshman in high school who is struggling to manage their anxiety and school work when therapy is not enough to support, to the young adult client who just completed treatment and needs support transitioning home, remaining sober and launching into an autonomous, fulfilling life.
Mentors are therapeutically trained and matched with clients based on their personal experiences, communication style, and mutual interests to make sure that they can connect with and build rapport with clients easily. We speak to whoever refers a client, their parents, therapists, psychiatrists and/or teachers, and the clients themselves to determine how we can best support a client and who on our team would be the most appropriate fit. We then determine the most appropriate number of hours per week to best support clients based on their unique needs and schedule. Mentors and clients spend time together out in the community doing activities, from surfing or skating, to working out, to hiking, to yoga/meditation, to building resumes and practicing interviewing for jobs, to learning how to grocery shop and cook; we tailor the activities based on whatever the client’s goals are. Mentors meet with clients a minimum of twice per week, often with one session being physical activity and one designed to help develop life skills or practice integrating therapeutic skills into the client’s daily lives.
Mentorship Examples Include
- Supporting a client practicing DBT skills and grounding techniques while at a crowded flea market.
- Helping a client go grocery shopping based on a predetermined budget and teaching the client how to cook healthy and affordable meals.
- Taking a client to AA meetings and fellow shipping after the meeting by going to grab dinner.
- Going on a hike with a client and practicing mindfulness meditation/yoga at a lookout point.
- Teaching a client how to surf.
- Helping the client build out a balanced schedule so that their free time is spent productively.
- Helping the client manage their stress around getting schoolwork done on time
Parent coaching is designed to support parents by giving them access to their own clinician who will support them as their son or daughter works with a mentor. Parents work with a coach for an hour per week to develop effective communication skills, learn how to set and hold boundaries, implement natural consequences, and develop tools to understand their children. Each teen has a unique set of issues and collaborates with the child’s mentor by working with a clinician. Parent coaching will help parents connect with their children and understand their teen depression and their unique set of issues in a way most parents do not.
Often, issues a client faces stem from the family system, and thus all system elements must grow together for lasting change to occur. If a client is working with a mentor to grow and make changes, the parents similarly can benefit from working with a coach to support their child’s growth and development. Otherwise, old parental patterns and behaviors may undo the changes a child is trying to implement. Our team of parent coaches will work with the client’s mentor to make sure that the parents can support and understand their children in a way most parents do not, which will allow children to feel more comfortable opening up to and confiding in their parents.