Self-directed learning (everyone)
“We grow through what we go through”
Experience is the greatest teacher of all. As a holistic residential recovery and empowerment program, we recognise the value of education. We believe people should be taught how to think for themselves, not just what thoughts are better to think than others. We have an overall program structure offered to every participant, but as each participant's journey is so unique, much of the application of the program, what therapeutic services they undertake, and how they apply it to their future is directed by each young woman coming through our doors. This is what we call self-directed learning.
We continuously see our girls learning and gradually transforming in their day to day activities and we recognise the importance of capturing their experience as it happens. That is why we help our girls to track and trace their learning journey as they grow through the program.
What is self-directed learning?
As participants advance in the program and begin to resolve a lot of their past trauma, their life going forward and the discovery of who they were designed to be becomes clearer. As they apply truths learned, they can then direct how these new insights will shape their future and relationships.
We find that as they do this, their ability to focus on personal and professional development increases. As participants advance in their abilities to manage difficult conversations, recognise emotional triggers, lead others, establish healthy boundaries, practise humility, apologise to and forgive others, they begin to gain freedom. Not just for themselves but also for their children and their extended families. Many of our young women have seen their criminal convictions overturned and been able to regain custody of their children as they have demonstrated evidence of life transformation, including the ability to take increased responsibility for their actions, learn from their mistakes and continually build life skills while in the program.
Self-directed learning is recognising this growth and capturing it along the way through reflection, journalling, ongoing feedback and case management. Through all of these mediums, participants are able to track their personal growth throughout the program and enjoy seeing the results of all the hard work they have put into turning their lives around.