Arrabon uses a client-focused wellness model which builds on strengths and believes strongly that no two youth are alike. In keeping with this belief, Arrabon recognizes the need to be flexible and creative with implementing individual program plans to meet each youth’s needs. Arrabon believes that all youth regardless of their developmental, emotional and/or psychiatric needs are resilient. The foundation of any treatment approach that Arrabon practices are based on the development of therapeutic relationships. Within this framework, Arrabon focusses on skill development through treatment modalities of DBT, CBT and Mindfulness practices. Narrative therapies and Harm Reduction models are also applied using a trauma informed approach. Arrabon believes strongly in applying a treatment approach that best helps the youth to achieve their goals. Our youth develop in areas such as self-esteem, emotional growth, mental well-being, stability and other basic life skills.

The philosophy of Arrabon was originally based on the following beliefs or principles. These currently remain in practice.

  1. Each youth has the right to achieve a sense of self-worth and to believe in her own dignity as a person.
  2. Each youth has the right to develop the spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual aspects of herself as a person.
  3. Each youth has the right to learn life skills, which empower her to live independently.
  4. Each youth has the right to be serviced by staff, board members and volunteers who can demonstrate to her a responsible and dedicated service based on strong moral and social responsibilities.
  5. Each youth has the right to be respected by staff, volunteers and the peers with whom she lives.
  6. Each youth has the potential to achieve her goals, assume responsibility for her life and become a responsible adult member of society.
  7. Each youth and her family have the right to services, which respect their cultural and/or religious beliefs.
  8. Each youth and her family have the right to be involved when decisions are made about services, which affect them.
  9. Each youth and her family have the right to be heard when they have any concerns about the services being provided.
  10. Each youth and her family have the right to decisions, which affect them to be made according to clear consistent criteria.

The following treatment goals are based on Arrabon’s philosophy and principles of belief.

  1. To provide a normalization of environment, responsibilities, and expectations for the young people in our care.
  2. To empower youth with self-confidence, personal dignity, and skills necessary to become a healthy and responsible person within society.
  3. To offer an individualized treatment plan which respects the needs and responsibilities of each youth and their family/guardian.
  4. To prepare the youth to move on to independent, semi-independent living, the adult mental health system or to return to their family.
  5. To provide Aftercare assistance to youth upon their discharge from Arrabon.