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Our Person-Centered Approach

The core philosophy that informs all our work is a "person-centered" approach.

Our treatment approach for clinical services is “patient centered” – i.e., we treat whole people not just symptoms or conditions.  We understand our clients' presenting problems in the context of their overall lives, their life histories, and where they are in the course of their lives.  And we understand that a client is not just a problem to be solved, but a person with strengths as well as problems, including strengths that can be recruited to solve those problems.

Age-related loss often initiates the end of a cherished era in a person's life, which may trigger anxiety, depression or other psychiatric symptoms.  But it need not mark the end of a person's purpose and meaning in life.  When the scope of treatment is too tightly focused on addressing specific symptoms, clients' strengths can be overlooked.  Taking a person-centered approach, we capitalize on clients' strengths, engaging them to marshal their inner resources to address age-related loss and other challenges.  By believing in and focusing upon their capacity to change, learn and grow, despite their limitations, we reconnect clients with their sense of purpose and meaning in life - and their symptoms thereby diminish or resolve.

In a similar vein, our consulting approach when providing facility services is "worker centered".  First, we take a truly team-based approach to patient care, communicating and collaborating as closely as needed with caregiving staff and other healthcare providers, to optimize overall treatment progress and resident quality of life.  And second, we truly partner with facility leaders and staff to offer meaningful training and development.  We start by consulting with leaders to understand organizational issues and the learning needs of employees.  This allows us to design customized workshops and other services to address those issues and needs.  Then, as we deliver training and development, we solicit ongoing feedback and adjust to participants to "meet them where they are at".  This allows us to facilitate a flexible learning experience that both challenges and supports them to change and grow. 

In everything we do for our clients – whether individuals or facilities – we bring our person-centered approach, and we walk our talk:  that aging truly matters.


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