Four Winds West is recommended for young adults who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis or other mental illness, being discharged from a psychiatric hospital or intensive treatment program, having difficulty following through on taking medications, struggling to stay clean and sober, unable to function in the world due to symptoms, or needing to learn independent living skills in order to transition to a stable and rewarding life.
Our program offers weekly individual therapy that is tailored to the unique needs of each resident. Individual therapy gives our young adults the opportunity to better understand and manage their symptoms so they can be more successful at home, work, school, and in the community. Individual therapy also focuses on building self-esteem and understanding patterns that may be interfering with success.
In addition, we offer 4 therapy groups each week: Share Group helps build community and develop empathy, Expressive Arts Group gets young adults in touch with their creativity, Equine Therapy Group provides interactions with horses to promote emotional growth, and Skills Group, which provides education about various mental health, drug, and alcohol issues and focuses on symptom management and relapse prevention. Therapy groups help young people learn and practice more effective ways to communicate with and relate to others.
Independent Living Skills
Each young adult works on his/her own personal recovery goals in weekly individual and group sessions.
Our ILS staff works with each individual to assess capabilities and assist in the development of a plan that focuses on independent living, including medication management, relationship building, returning to school or work, money management, maintaining physical health and nutrition, and improved overall functioning. In addition to the weekly ILS Group, there is a weekly 12 step meeting for those residents needing the added support to remain clean and sober.
The ILS focus is on the learning of new skills that will help the young adult gain the insight and confidence needed to be able to create a life that is productive, stable, and rewarding.
An essential component of our program is that our young adults become engaged in at least 20 hours per week of school, volunteer work, or paid employment. We work with each individual to create a comprehensive plan, assessing interests and capabilities, making use of vocational training and traditional academics. We assist the young adult in identifying which choices will be best to help accomplish their personal goals.
Our residents have the opportunity of working in our small retail store, Bedrock Music and Video, located in San Rafael, California. We also work with local businesses and community agencies to train and employ our residents, providing job support and job coaching.
The individuals who would like to pursue college can take classes at the local junior college, College of Marin, or any of the 4 year colleges in the Bay Area.
15 Oak Tree Lane
Fairfax, CA 94930