Friday, September 19, 2008

The Clubhouse- A Rehabilitation Center

The clubhouse is a community for people with a mental disorder. The clubhouse helps people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses readjust to life. The clubhouse provides numerous rehabilitation services such as the following:
  • Counseling
  • Educational Support
  • Employment Services
  • Housing
  • Recreation
  • Therapy
  • Other Services
Counseling is provided through peer groups that teach people how to cope and overcome anger management, domestic violence, manage symptoms, and substance abuse. Registering for high school or college enables members to get back into school. Educating people on how to obtain a job through resume help, interviewing tips, and application assistance. In addition to that having counselors seek jobs that meet the member's qualifications. The clubhouse provides resources to get affordable housing for independent living establishments and other housing options including welfare. Supervised leisure activities such as art classes, cooking, or an outing to the museum, or some other place for fun. One-on-one therapy with professional health care providers. Some clubhouses help you apply for Social Security Disability. Some services are mandated by the court in conjuction with probation.

The clubhouse is a great place for people with a mental disorder because it:
  • Educates you about your illness
  • Enables you to socialize with other people
  • Reduces your chances of going to the hospital
  • Reduces your chances of going to jail
Some clubhouse services are paid for by the county while others cost money.


mary said...

Hi Ashley,

Every time I read your blog I'm blown away by the way you've reacted to the diagnosis of Schizophrenia. You are so positive!
This blog is really going to help educate people, and that's great. Mostly it will be helpful to young people like yourself, maybe newly disgnosed, who might not be so confident to start their own blog but need a place to 'go' where they felt understood. Keep up the good work!

Thanks for your feedback on my story...Mary J (againborn)

mary said...

Oh yeah, where is the club house, I'm in Massachusetts.

Barry said...

Hi Ashley, I am a student in Rehabilitation Counseling a ran across your blog and was wondering if I could contact you regarding an assignmentn for a course I'm taking this semester dealing with supported employment services for individual who suffer from schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder. Can you help me in this regard?

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