Transitioning to Independence Process
Connecting with our Community
In 2020 TNFC introduced Transitioning to Independence Process (TIP) as its program model. The TIP model was developed to provide assistance and support for youth and young adults 14-29 years of age with emotional/behavioral difficulties (EBD).
TIP is an evidence-supported practice that focuses on Youth Engagement: engaging them in their own planning process.
Futures Planning: provides them with developmentally-appropriate, non-stigmatizing, culturally-competent, and appealing services and supports.
Skill Building: involves them, their families, and other supportive key players in a process that prepares them in their journey toward greater self-sufficiency. TIP allows for trauma informed care that emphasizes the young persons voice and choice as they navigate adulthood.
Our Program provides support across the five Transitional Life Domains: Education, Employment, Living Situation, Personal Effectiveness & Wellbeing and Community Life Functioning.
The young person is taken through Strength Discovery and Needs Assessment exercises to help them self-identify areas of focus
Navigators use therapeutic practices, such as rationales and problem-solving using the SODAS method (Situation, Options, Disadvantages, Advantages and Solution), to promote futures planning and engage the young person in the person-centered planning process.
Community-based teaching is provided by the Navigator through instructing, modeling, and practicing of new skills that are applicable to the young person’s goals.