Many people have asked us “Why did you name the agency “Turning Leaf Community Support Services Incorporated?”
The “Turning Leaf” name reflects our beliefs on personal change.
- People are constantly changing, transitioning from one part of life to the next. They aspire for better things, attempt to cope with what is unpleasant, and try and heal after experiencing pain and loss.
- Change is natural.
- Change and transitioning from one part of life to the next is often filled with uncertainty. It can be difficult and is inherently stressful.
- But change and transitioning from one part of life to the next can also be empowering, positive and hopeful.
Turning Leaf believes that just as leaves are part of a large eco-system (changing inevitably as part of a larger process yielding wonderful benefits) people are also a part of their own system. They are part of something larger than themselves; they experience interdependence and natural change. Some change is difficult. But this change may also be an opportunity for growth, healing and hope.
Turning Leaf’s job is to make positive and trusting relationships with people, engage them in a process of change and share with them a sense of hope.
If this resonates with you and how you work with individuals experiencing mental illness and intellectual challenge, welcome!
We’re all connected
The “Turning Leaf” name is also firmly grounded in the theoretical principles of Family Systems Therapy.
- People are connected to each other.
- People in groups, such as families, are part of a system. They share interdependence. They rely on each other in many ways.
- These system parts – members of a family – often impact each other in ways that are hard to predict or understand.
- When one part of the system changes, it impacts the rest of the system. For example, when one member of a family system is diagnosed with Schizophrenia at the age of 19, it impacts the whole family system. When one member of the family system struggles with FASD, it impacts on whole family system.
- The family system is a strong resource for learning who we are and how we, as a family system, have historically dealt with challenges. It can be motivated and engaged to heal itself and its members. It can be a valuable resource for recovery and hope.
- Similarly, the participant can be positively impacted by the support system that they are a part of. When working effectively, the participant’s process of change can be greatly impacted and the participant can experience memorable and long lasting acceptance, compassion and support (in the absence of natural supports).
Through the passion to make connections, support change and share hope in not only the lives of the individuals we support, but the lives of each and every member of our team, we have created a culture that is conducive to successful personal growth and have created an environment that each and every team member feels like they are making a difference in each other’s lives.
The Support Workers of the Turning Leaf community all highly value the importance of secure and trusting relationships.
The connections we, within our community, share with participants serve as the foundation for supportive change. We believe that in order for the support process to be effective, we must work to attain a secure, trusting relationship with the participants.
As the relationship with the participant develops, Turning Leaf support workers engage the participant in a process of change. At a pace that is determined by the participant, support workers employ a person centered approach and help the participant identify parts of their life they would like to be different. Through goal setting and plan development, the participant and support workers work together to meet with success.
The Turning Leaf Support Worker believes that even the smallest change is possible. Even the smallest change is regarded as forward movement towards larger goals. Support workers identify success, reframe challenges and provide emotional support when obstacles are encountered. Our main job, however, is to share with participants a sense of hope and possibility.
These principles guide our service.
They serve as our service goals:
- Make connections, support healthy change, and to share hope.
Turning Leaf Community Support Services Incorporated has developed participant-centered services based on a modified clinical model.
Throughout all the services, this model is adhered to.
It is designed to:
- identify (assess) the needs/risk of intellectually challenged/mentally ill, youth and adults
- engage the participant and coordinate the appropriate systemic
- components in a planning process
- embark upon appropriate intervention/support
- (tailored to the specific participant) and
- re-evaluate the efficacy of the model
A participant-centered planning
Upon completion of gathering of information – consists of the following stages, each to be undertaken with the participant to the best of his/her ability:
- review of the available assessment information
- identification of participant’s goals
- identification and delegation of supports appropriate in achieving the goals
- a timeline for achieving the goals
- success indicators