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Case Management

Teaching, Mentoring and Coaching
Our Team of Masters and Doctorate level clinicians are trained in three dynamic state of the art rehabilitation methods, Teaching, Mentoring and Coaching. These methods are implemented simultaneously during each Team visit, in the home or out in the community.
Teaching
The initial assessment using LAT’s Seven Domains of Functioning: Psychiatric/Medical, Social/Interpersonal, Recreation, Self-Management, Family, Education/Vocation and Belief System, is conducted during the first few visits with the Team.
Teaching functional skills works best when we empower clients to identify the three most important Rehab Priorities (goals) they would like to work on during visits with the Team. As one goal is accomplished another can be addressed; however, there is a limit to how much a person can change and how long it takes for new skills to become incorporated into a regular routine. Our assessment is designed to identify strengths and functional assets as well as the deficit areas that will need to be part of the overall rehabilitation plan.
Psychiatric / Medical
Understanding one's illness and medication is essential for successful rehabilitation. Knowing how to manage symptoms and recognize warning signs improves stability and helps prevent relapse. Medical and dental issues can also be addressed, when necessary.
Social / Interpersonal
Appearance, attitude, and confidence have a major impact on how one gets along with other people. The Team offers training in social problem solving and basic conversation skills. There are also specialized programs that teach skills on how to overcome obstacles, such as answering questions that are intimidating in a social setting. In addition, the Team teaches appropriate levels of disclosure, such as how and when to share personal information.
Recreation
Using leisure time to recreate adds balance to life. Being inactive often results in boredom, which produces stress, negatively impacting stress-vulnerable illnesses. Exercise helps us to look and feel better, thus improving physical and mental health. The Team uses recreation to motivate people to become active, enhance social networking, and build self-confidence.
Self-Management
Feeling organized and on top of one's personal business is comforting and rewarding. Being unkempt or overwhelmed with legal issues, SSI problems, or overdue bills can be very stressful and diminish self-confidence. Planning, budgeting, and tracking are essential skills for independent living. The Team teaches organizational skills and systems for time management and money management. We can also address all of the activities of daily living, including hygiene, grocery shopping, and house cleaning.
Family
Despite family wanting to be helpful, relationships can often become strained when one family member has a mental illness. The Team can assist with communication and problem solving within the family, and can assume the management role in treatment.
Advice or direction is often met with resistance when offered to the patient by a family member, but is generally received more favorably from a trusted professional. This helps keep treatment on course and provides a buffer to avoid confrontation during stressful times within the family. Our Family Services Program provides many benefits for family members.
Education / Vocation
The overarching goal of recovery is to enjoy a useful and productive life. The role of the Life Adjustment Team is to help define our client's abilities and talents, provide direction to create short, medium, and long-term goals, and implement the plans to carry them out in a supportive, respectful, and empowering manner.
Belief System
Our belief system is a combination of our experience, knowledge and insight. When faced with a difficult situation in life, we tend to focus on the problem and not the solution, which leads us to fear-based decision making. What we focus on determines our state of mind and our attitude. It is essential to teach clients to focus on solutions by developing a positive attitude toward rehabilitation, based on belief in themselves and the Treatment Team.
Case Management | The Life Adjustment Team | Culver City, CA

Mentoring

Concepts for living well are explored using the 7 Principles of Success: Centering, Giving and Receiving, Making Choices, Acceptance, Intention, Detachment and Purpose. These principles are practical common concepts and are the foundation of what most of us have been taught since early childhood. Unfortunately, just because we know the right thing to do, doesn't mean we actually do it! Mentoring helps people discard false beliefs and problem behaviors, replacing them with new concepts and rules to live by that allow for personal fulfillment and healthy, nurturing relationships, as well as provides the foundation for a productive satisfying life.
These principles are not taught as a course but are introduced for discussion when a problem or situation presented indicates a lack of understanding or a need for further explanation or clarification of one of these fundamental principles.
Centering
The first principle addresses the importance of implementing daily stress reducing techniques to build self-confidence, peace of mind and self-awareness so when an opportunity presents itself you are in a state of mind to capitalize on it. There are infinite possibilities in life and we can have a significant impact on what happens to us when we are at our best.
Giving and Receiving
The second principle simply states whatever you put into something will determine what you will get out of it. So if there is something you want like respect, friendship or even money give it and you will find it comes back in the most interesting ways. This empowers each of us to get exactly what we want out of life as long as we are willing to give it.
Making Choices
The third principle is how to make good choices. This is based on the concept that if we make good choices we have good outcomes, and when we make bad choices we find out by recourse why it was a bad choice in the first place. Learning the techniques of how to make good decisions and why this is important to you, makes it much easier to follow through with good choices even when they’re difficult.
Acceptance
The fourth principle addresses responsibility. Before we can act responsibly we must grasp the importance of the situation at hand and understand it happened for a reason, a good reason, even if is only to help you learn or appreciate something. Regardless of the situation, the key is your ability to respond using good judgment and to do the right thing: This is true responsibility. When we can think like this we find that we don’t need to waste energy being defensive.
Intention
The fifth principle is based on staying focused, or how to fix in your mind exactly what it is you want, and to review it daily until it becomes a reality. Most of us use this technique all the time (two year olds seem to enjoy it the most). Think of the last time you had a real burning desire for something and got it, that same mental process can help you attain anything you desire as long as you are persistent.
Detachment
The sixth principle, states that rigidity and control are the main culprits that can prevent us from attaining our goals. Detachment from an outcome does not mean we abandon our intention but that there are an infinite number of details which could fulfill your desire so don’t limit yourself to only what you know. When we force solutions on problems, we actually create new problems.
Purpose
The seventh principle is about recognizing the clues to what special talent you have and how you can best develop it to contribute on some level to society.

Coaching

Personal satisfaction can be assessed using LAT’s 7 Quality of Life Needs: Variety, Consistency, Significance, Feeling Connected, Growth, Making Contributions, and the need for Passion. Problems that diminish the quality of life are the reason most people seek out therapy or participate in rehabilitation. Evaluating satisfaction, happiness and success is a subjective process. Our staff is trained to identify the specific need that is not being met in a situation and is skilled in identifying the proper action necessary to fulfill that need.
Changing even simple things can be difficult on your own. Coaching provides motivation, support and consistency to achieve results especially when past attempts to make changes have been unsuccessful. Coaching shapes newly acquired skills and encourages the repetition necessary for mastery.
Variety
Variety affords us enjoyment, enthusiasm and anticipation. Coaching helps people seek out interests, explore opportunities and set plans in motion for the future.
Consistency
Consistency is an essential ingredient in any worthwhile endeavor but it can be a major stumbling block to progress if not given serious attention. Team members schedule regular visits to keep the flow of rehabilitation on course.
Significance
Significance is one of the most important basic needs we all have. Coaching assists people to achieve goals, gain self-respect and models good interpersonal relationships.
Connected
We all need other people and being connected to others through common interests, work or school is necessary for social contact. Role-play is used to develop social skills and relieve anxiety commonly associated with meeting new people.
Growth
Growth is part of life in fact your mind gets better or worse but never stays the same. Coaching people to seek out new resources, participate in new interest and take on projects stimulates the mind.
Contribution
Making a Contribution on any level helps to develop self-esteem, builds character and rewards us with a deep sense of satisfaction. Coaching brings out the best in people and helps to apply their talents in a meaningful way.
Passion
The seventh and final need we all share is the need for Passion. Life without passion is truly mediocre. It exists in every human being but must be brought out in each of us.