As a young man begins to develop mindfulness towards himself and his family, it is time to have him reflect upon his or her relationship with peers and the wider social universe. Residential treatment in Israel allows us to pursue this in a uniquely powerful way.
One of the most important choices a teen or young adult makes is choosing friends. When the young person feels safe enough, we have him examine how he selects his friends. The teen gradually comprehends the difference between a positive and negative peer group. Positive peer groups are based on mutual needs for growth and development. Negative peer groups are based on escapism and fear.
As the teen or young adult develops security, the UCanachieve staff explore with him the dynamics of peer groups and how to develop positive peer relationships. Most of our young people dramatically expand their sense of who they are worthy of bonding with. As the inner circle of relationships begins to widen, we help the young person explore his overall sense of community.
Being centered in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel, we assist and encourage each young man to explore his connection to three thousand years of community and tradition. Our experience is that the land of Israel is an incredibly powerful metaphor for the struggle for survival in the presence of what appears to be insurmountable odds. As the young person sees a dynamic and thriving young nation cope with incredible challenges, we help him to identify the similarity between his personal struggle and the struggle of the Jewish people to survive, thrive, and flourish in this land. In this manner, the land of Israel and the people of Israel become our therapeutic partners in helping the teen solidify his own vision of himself. This is a unique advantage that only residential treatment in Israel can provide.
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