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Transitions Program: Aftercare

​The Coyote Coast Transition Program supports teens and families in maximizing gains and continuing the momentum established in out-of-home treatment such as, wilderness therapy, rehabilitation programs, residential treatment and therapeutic boarding schools.


Why Transition Care?

Most youth experience success in out-of-home programs largely due to the high degree of structure and tight time management housed within them. These highly therapeutic programs often succeed in helping youth to develop improved coping skills, insight, control over their behavior, and communication. However, research has shown that without continued after-care services, both parents and youth report declines in interpersonal relations, which include youth's relationships with parents and other adults, as well as interaction with friends, aggressiveness, arguing and defiance. Research also suggests that while out-of-home care can be effective at addressing presenting behavioral problems, it is essential that we need to "further identify ways to help clients maintain recently developed interpersonal skills that are continually tested in post treatment environments."* 

In our after-care work, we find that the gains made by youth in their out-of-home programs are better sustained when we help to bring structure and consistency into the home. This is more easily achieved when we become involved early in the return-to-home planning process. Ample time is needed to co-construct a carefully tailored home agreement and aftercare plan using important input from parents, youth, the treatment program, and other involved professionals.


The Transition Program Includes:


  • Close Consultation with Program Staff to Develop a Comprehensive Transition Home Plan

  • Weekly Family Therapy

  • Parent Coaching & Crisis Intervention

  • Weekly Mentoring

  • Teen Experiential Activities


Coyote Coast Therapists use a solution-focused team approach, emphasizing close collaboration with treating and related professionals including:


  • Education Consultants

  • Out-of-Home Program Staff

  • Local Service Providers such as

  • Psychologists/Psychiatrists

  • Community & Educational Therapists

  • School Professionals

  • Treatment Programs



If you are interested or would like further information, please call 925-258-5400 ext. 0 or send an email


*Russel, K. C. (2002). Longitudinal Assessment of Treatment Outcomes in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare. (Technical Report 28). Idaho Forest, Wildlife, and Range Experiment Station, Moscow, ID: Available from the University of Idaho Wilderness Research Center - Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Cooperative (

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