The Life Treatment
Olivia Okonkwo, Dean Whittington
The LIFE TREATMENT book outlines how to enact a young person’s psychologically informed children’s home. “The book aims to generate a paradigm shift in the way that services that generate emotional recovery become embedded as a social norm.” This is an innovative exploration detailing how psychologically informed interventions can be used to facilitate emotional recovery within young people: those who are most marginalised in society to such an extent they have been rendered invisible. All of this is undertaken by drawing upon a phenomenological existential approach in assisting young people who enter the care system eventually flourish. By revitalising the standards of care within children’s homes (this being one of the first interventions within the field) LIFE is providing a new standard of care for young people. Simply by recognising the impact of inter-generational trauma shaping emotional well-being, the practitioners can focus on helping the young person obtain awareness. From this they can help them coproduce a life vision. By undertaking this approach, the young person can build a sense of ontological security, undertaken by building positive relationships. Furthermore, by enhancing a young person’s emotional literacy, they nurture their social interest to create more positive connections whilst also being autonomous.